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2020 Election - Director Candidate - Michael Rasmussen
Michael Rasmussen

Candidate Name

Michael Rasmussen

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Candidate Biography

Hello! I am Michael Rasmussen, an internationally recognized pundit on governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC). With 27+ years of experience, I help organizations improve risk and compliance processes, design and implement GRC architecture, and select technologies that are effective, efficient, and agile. As a sought-after keynote speaker, author, and advisor I have been referred to as the “Father of GRC” — being the first to define and model GRC in February 2002 as an analyst at Forrester Research.

Candidate Goals

My goals in serving again on the ISSA International Board are to:

• Increase information securities role, presence, and collaboration with other roles such as enterprise/operational risk management, compliance & ethics, legal, and internal audit

• Contribute regular articles to The ISSA Magazine to assist professionals in communicating and coordinating with other parts of the organization

• Encourage and mentor others in their careers through the Cyber Security Career Lifecycle

• Advocacy on behalf of information security professionals to government and standards committees

• Increase partnership with other professional associations.

• Assist the International Conference in finding and securing sponsors and increase revenue

My time with the ISSA spans my career going back into the 1990’s when I founded the Milwaukee Chapter of the ISSA and was the chapter president for several years. I also spent several years on the International Board of the ISSA. First as the VP/Director of Chapter Relations, then as VP/Director of Marketing, and then as the VP/Director of Standards & Public Policy. During that time, I contributed to U.S. Congressional reports and committees on behalf of the ISSA membership.

Besides my work with the ISSA, I am very involved with other associations in adjacent fields. I am an OCEG Fellow with the Open Compliance & Ethics Group. With the Institute of Risk Management, I am an Honorary Life Member and a Global Ambassador for them.

Prior to founding GRC 20/20 Research, I was a Vice-President and ’Top Analyst’ at Forrester Research, Inc. Before Forrester, I led the risk/compliance consulting practice at a professional services firm, and prior to that has specific experience managing IT security within commercial organizations. My educational experience consists of a Juris Doctorate in law and a Bachelor of Science in Business and hold the following certifications GRCP (GRC Professional), CCEP (Certified Compliance and Ethic Professional), and a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional).

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