2014 ISSA UK Election Results

Following the recent elections, we would firstly like to thank all those who stood for election, it was very close.  Our thanks also go to all members that voted.
The results are as follows:
  • Gabe Chomic - ISSA-UK President 
  • Mike Loginov - ISSA-UK Secretary
  • Adrian Wright - Officer at large position
  • Pamela Rustem - Officer at large position
The above positions will start on 1st January 2015
Congratulations to all, The Elections Committee.

2014 ISSA UK Election

Voting is now open for the "Office At Large" positions, please visit https://ISSAUK-Elections.simplyvoting.com 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 (www.cbrneltd.com) 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



2014 Officer Elections Now Open

Have you considered supporting the wider information security community?

Would you like to contribute your time and epic skills to the ISSA UK Chapter?

Now is the time to take action!

The 2014 UK Chapter Elections process has now begun.

Find out more on the elections page.






ISSA-UK President Tim Holman standing for ISSA International Board

Our very own Chapter President, Tim Holman, will be standing for a Director position on the ISSA International Board.  Elections kick off on the 2nd June 2014, and of course he and ISSA-UK would appreciate your support.

Tim's goals are set out in his nomination, that follows:


Tim has been President of the ISSA-UK Chapter for the past four years and has helped it grow from strength to strength, winning Chapter of the Year 2012, Communications Chapter of the Year 2009, 2011 and most new members for Q4 2013. He was awarded Fellow of the ISSA in 2013, in recognition of his dedication and service to the association and the security community.

He regularly speaks at industry events on behalf of ISSA and in his spare time is CEO at the Cyber Security and Penetration Testing firm 2-sec. Tim is well known as one of the world’s top experts on PCI DSS and payment security, holding both QSA and PA-QSA certifications and leading PCI SSC Special Interest Groups, with 20 years of professional experience.

In developing the UK chapter he has built up a highly motivated team of security professionals / volunteers and the Chapter now runs the most active ISSA events programme globally, bringing up to date information about new technologies, techniques and emerging threats to members on a regular basis.

Each ISSA-UK event now attracts over 100 members, not without that hard work and dedication of Tim and the ISSA-UK team, and has a loyal following of top-name sponsors.

Tim started developing security communities in 1998 as one of the founding members of Experts Exchange, and was awarded Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Security for 3 years running. His ISSA-UK involvement started in 2004, holding Director of Sponsorship and Vice President roles until his election as President in 2009.

With over 16 years of experience in building security communities, Tim is extremely well placed to help lead the ISSA forwards. He knows what works, what doesn’t, and more importantly how to develop and grow ISSA into a truly global security association.

Statement of goals

Tim’s goals are to reach out to a new generation of security professionals and support members to ensure they get great value out of their association membership. He will:

  • Help chapters advance at a local level.
  • Improve global recognition.
  • Gain and retain top name sponsors.
  • Develop event and membership quality.
  • Enhance awareness within complementary / competing associations.
  • Ensure strong support for academia, mentorship and for those looking to consider information security as a career path.

Tim looks forward to joining the ISSA board – there’s much work that needs to be done and you can be confident that under Tim’s direction, the job will get done. No matter how big or small your chapter is, Tim will be here to support you.

Security on the Brain - White paper & presentation

I have been requested to 'socialise' the white paper and presentation slides from the highly popular "Security on the Brain - " series of workshops I presented at recent ISSA and other infosec conferences - including Transport Security Expo, e-Crime Congress and IISyG. Links to both the paper and the presentation slides are below:

Security on the Brain - Using Human Psychology to Achieve Compliance:
Paper Attached. Here

Workshop Presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/AdrianWright1/security-on-the-brain-security-risk-psychology

2013 Officer Elections Now Open

Have you considered supporting the wider information security community?

Would you like to contribute your time and skills to the ISSA UK Chapter?

Now is the time to take action!

The 2013 UK Chapter Elections process has now begun.

Find out more at http://www.issa-uk.org/elections.html



Slides published from last Chapter Meeting

Presentation slides from the last ISSA-UK London Chapter Meeting on "Critical Controls" are now available.

Event: Thursday, 13 June 2013 from 16:00 to 21:00 London, United Kingdom

Richard Hollis, CEO, Risk Factory
Deep Threat: Top 10 Lessons to Learn from the Online Adult Entertainment Industry. Link to Slides

Thom Langford, Sapient
UFOs, Dirty Dancing and Exploding Helicopters - Understanding Risk Management Hollywood Style. Link to Slides

Adrian Wright, ISSA-UK VP of Projects
Securing The 'Internet of Things' - Implications and Key Questions. Link to Slides

Dragon's Den 2013 - HMS President, River Thames, London

Dragon's Den 2013 - HMS President, River Thames, London

Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM (BST) London, United Kingdom
Our annual Dragon's Den Event returns on 11th July and will be held on the HMS President, a boat permanently moored on the River Thames in London.

In the Dragon's Den event, ten security software/solution vendors battle it out for the best Speaker and best Product prizes, given at the end of the day and voted on by the audience.  We offer each vendor a 10 minute speaking pitch and split the sessions over an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon.

5 CPE points. ISSA Members Free - Non Members £50 + £1.90 booking fee. Limited places on board ship - book your place now!

Book Here

Partner Event: "Development Testing: Securing Your Code" Weds 3rd July 18.30–22.00 London

Join in the Big Debate: Are you making the right decisions to secure your code?

With the rising complexity of applications and the increasing threat of security attacks, can security risks be left to the security auditors to tackle on their own? Or does this now belong to the Software Development Teams? In short, are you making the right decisions to ensure the security of your code?

Join us on the evening of 3rd July in London to hear leading industry luminaries grapple with the important issues surrounding this debate. The panel discussion will include some pre-prepared questions plus an opportunity for attendees to test the panel members. We welcome security and development leaders from all industries and look forward to seeing you there!

An evening Panel Discussion featuring:
Stephen Bonner, Partner, Information Protection, KPMG
Tim Holman, President of the ISSA UK Chapter
Neira Jones, Chairman,The CSCSS Advisory Board
John Jacott, Security Practice Leader, Coverity
Moderated by Paul Fisher Pfanda / ex Editor of SC Magazine

Event Agenda:
18.30 – 20.00 Refreshments & Networking
20.00 – 21.30 The big debate
21.30 – 22.30 Additional Networking Opportunities

Register here:


Cyber Security for the Military and Defence Sector Conference

19–20 June London Kensington

A discount code for our members* - ISSA members can register online and receive a £300 discount! Use Discount code SMI5H6NISSA Partner Conference: Cyber Security for Military & Defence Sector 19–20 June London Tara Copthone Hotel. £300 ISSA member discount. Register here: bit.ly/10Y7JNt