Voting is now open for the “Office At Large” positions, please visit and check your email for further details.

We are pleased to announce that the nominees for the following positions were unopposed and therefore will not be part of this voting process:-

ISSA-UK President
ISSA-UK Secretary

The ISSA conform to strict bylaws, and as such we can only have 2 At-Large Officers, two of which are still running their terms.  The others are about to complete their terms and we would like to thank Nick Thomas and Adrian Wright for all their contribution to the ISSA over the past two years.  The ISSA UK Chapter would not be where it is today without their loyal support and hard work.

The following nominations have been put forward for these two At-Large Officer positions.  Please vote by choosing one or two nominees that you feel could best serve as At-Large Officers.  

Voting will close at midnight 7th November 2014
Results will be announced on the 14th November 2014

Thank you for supporting the ISSA UK Chapter


Be sure to read each candidates profile below before casting your vote.



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I have served on the Management Team and Board of the ISSA UK Chapter since February 2010, contributing to the running of the Chapter and delivering workshops, presentations, research papers and facilitating regional meetings to members.

From a technical background in computer engineering, networks & 22 years in IT security; my primary focus is now directed at the human and organisational factors in security and risk management, and to this end I have delivered consistently high scoring workshops and training to ISSA-UK members and other audiences on topics such as human psychology, social networking, incident management and mitigating cloud risks. My recent work has focused on the security and privacy implications of the Internet of Things; researching, blogging and presenting internationally of the topic on behalf of the ISSA-UK. Though our association with the Digital Policy Alliance I have been active in helping to shape Government policy and awareness around IoT and cyber security issues.

If re-elected, my mission will be to continue to help grow and develop the Chapter by increasing its membership and delivering value to members through research, surveys, events and projects addressing the current hottest topics and emerging trends in information security; as well as continuing to contribute to the management and future success of the ISSA UK Chapter.


Alan MercerAlan Mercer

For the last two years I have been the ISSA-UK representative in the South West of the UK; preparing for and running ISSA meetings for Bristol-based members, local security professionals and students of the University of Bristol. As a security professional with 15 years experience who worked his way up from a junior Security Administrator to Head of Security I feel I have been given a lot by this industry and enjoy giving something back in terms of time and effort to my fellow professionals. I am also a big believer in the importance of networking and of sharing knowledge; principles I share with the ISSA Chapters around the world. Although I am more than happy to continue representing the ISSA in the South West, I would also like to offer my assistance in any way possible to the ISSA-UK board to help continue the success of the ISSA across all parts of the UK.


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Pamela Rüstem has over 25 years business experience with multi-national companies such as Global One, PSI Net, BT Infonet, Technology Strategy amongst others, in various roles covering Sales & Business Development, Client Relations, Events & Hospitality, Recruitment, Executive Coaching & Mentoring. More recently, in the Cyber Security arena, where she is an active member of the CTF, looking at Strategy and Policy of Cyber Security, as well as her role of Associate Director with CBRNE Ltd ( where she has been involved in Cyber Training as well as the planning and organisation of a Cyber Security workshop to be held next year, on Civil & Common Law, covering civil and criminal remedies against Cyber Crime and Terrorism. Pamela’s focus has always been to increase value to businesses, customers and partners, in areas such as strategy, business development and forging new alliances to support ongoing expansion . Her range of experience includes running her own business, developing start-ups, hospitality & events, Travel & Leisure, Coaching & Mentoring. Pamela has strong, personal impact, persuasive leadership skills, combined with effective decision-making, trouble-shooting and multi-layered international relationship attributes, enhanced by her knowledge of several European languages. Pamela is a results driven and an articulate ambassador with many positive facets.

Pamela is in her 2nd year as an active member of ISSA UK, during which time she has often stepped in to help where necessary. She is extremely excited about working closely with the ISSA Board members and taking ISSA UK to a whole new level!


Mark PearceMP

Mark is an Executive Consultant with Atos Consulting. Working within the Atos Identity, Security and Risk Management practice he leads the Data Privacy initiative and is work stream lead at Pearson. Prior to Atos, he has held two Head of Information Security positions at the Post Office and Interactive Data Corporation. He has previously held board leadership positions in Programme Management and Audit and has a background of over 20 years in IT. He is currently certified as a CISM, GSLC, CRISC, CISA and CGEIT. He is a Senior Member of ISSA and has had volunteering positions in community associations as well as non-community. He has just relinquished a time significant non-industry volunteering role of 15 years and consequently has the bandwidth to commit to the continued development of ISSA UK. He has been a speaker at Infosec and SC events and is a regular attendee at a number of community events and is passionate about Information Security and Risk.


davidzDavid Zilberberg

Active ISSA-UK member who feels that information security should be exposed to a wider audience (including the general public)

Avid infosec individual with +20 years experience in information technology field with strong focus on information security.

My professional experience is around clients engagement in a commercial/product focus and product management disciplinary in the field of security compliance and incident response.

I am a highly energetic individual that is driven to increase ISSA-UK footprint on the Global ISSA map and increase awareness to information security related risks in our day to day and professional life.  Take advantage of the platform ISSA offers from industry leadership to meeting my local peers and other like minded over an informal conversation

In my personal life I Enjoy family time with my two daughters and lovely wife .

I am an amateur photographer, my 1st picture was taken at the age of 13 and I haven’t stopped since,  “Taking Pictures when time allows”.


Thomas Fischer Thomas Fischer

I have over 25+ years of experience in managing, deploying and designing IT infrastructure in international environments both for large organizations in end-user IT and consultancy during that time I focused on Security for over 15 years ranging from building secure networks, implementing SDLC as well as maintaining and designing InfoSec policies and procedures. Sharing is an important part of understanding the risks and issues occurring daily in InfoSec, that is why I actively participates in the chapter meetings as well as being a director for Security B-Sides London. I would like to bring this experience of sharing as an at-large officer to help organize meetings, events and online activities where we can continue to share and discuss how to get a handle on InfoSec. I believe we can continue to use our forum as a great place to learn, discuss and bring industry experts to provide us with insight