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Editorial Advisory Board


ISSA Journal Editorial Advisory Board

Stephen Kirby

Board Chair; Greater Spokane Chapter

Stephen Kirby is an attorney based in Washington State as well and the Managing Director of an IT Consulting firm. Mr. Kirby has worked for years in IT both as a data architect and process automation engineer working on industrial systems. As an attorney Mr. Kirby has focused on the impact of law and regulation on the behavior of companies and individuals, the law around hacking, security research and privacy. He is a member of the IEEE and has presented at several conferences as well as authored articles on various subjects.

James K. Adamson

Fort Worth Chapter

James Adamson, CISSP, CCSP, CRISC, QSA, is an independent security consultant and has over a decade of experience in information security. He has worked with companies from startup to Fortune on a wide variety of information security projects, including governance and policy development, compliance management, risk assessments, and technical solution recommendations – always with an emphasis on maturing their security posture and appropriately protecting sensitive data. James has spoken at the ISSA International Conference, RSA Conference, and BSides DFW.

Jack Freund

Senior Member, Pittsburgh Chapter

Dr. Jack Freund is a leading voice in cyber risk measurement and management. He is an expert at using risk quantification to implement, mature, and sell information risk and security programs. Jack is currently serving as Director, Risk Science at RiskLens and previously worked for TIAA as Director, Cyber Risk. Jack holds a PhD in Information Systems, Masters in Telecom and Project Management, and a BS in CIS. He holds the CISSP, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CIPP, and PMP designations. Jack has been named a Senior Member of the ISSA, IEEE, and ACM, IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy, and Fellow of the FAIR Institute. He is the 2018 recipient of ISACA’s John W. Lainhart IV Common Body of Knowledge Award, and the FAIR Institute’s 2018 FAIR Champion Award. The book Jack co-authored on quantifying risk (Measuring and Managing Information Risk: A FAIR Approach) was inducted into the Cybersecurity Canon in 2016. Jack’s writings have appeared in the ISSA Journal, Homeland Security Today, Dark Reading, and he writes a column for the @ISACA newsletter.

Michael R. Grimalia

Fellow - Dayton Chapter

Michael Russell Grimaila (BS, MS, PhD, Texas A&M University) is a Professor and Head of the Systems Engineering and Management department at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He is a member of the Center for Cyberspace Research (CCR) and the Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence (CyTCoE). He has worked in the information security area for more than twenty-eight years and currently holds CISSP, CISM, and NSA IAM/IEM certifications. Michael teaches and conducts research in the areas of communications, computer and network security, database, information assurance and security, information warfare, and mission assurance. He has served as an Editorial Advisory Board member of the ISSA Journal since its inception and consults for numerous Department of Defense organizations. His professional society memberships include the ACM, ISACA, (ISC)2; he is a senior member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the ISSA.

Yvette Johnson

Metro Atlanta Chapter

Yvette Johnson (ISO 27001 Lead Implementer, PCIP) is a compliance subject-matter expert and accomplished information security professional. She has over twenty years of information technology experience with the last thirteen focused on information security. Yvette is a Managing Partner for Passpoint Security in Atlanta and leads the Security Consulting Practice. In addition, Yvette is the President of BSides Atlanta and is a member of ISACA, ISSA, IAPP, and is a co-host of Southern Fried Security podcast.

John Jordan

Senior Member - North Texas Chapter

John Jordan, CISSP, has worked in information security for over 15 years and in information technology for over 30 years. He has developed a broad infosec skill set, having held such positions as Security Architect, Software Development Manager, and Security Manager. John has spent much of his time in access, data, and risk management, regulatory compliance, and policy deployment developing solutions and practices to enable the effective and appropriate use of information. He is an active member of the North Texas Chapter and has served on the EAB since 2008.

Joe Malec

Fellow - St. Louis Chapter

Joe Malec currently works in the financial services industry and has over 20 years of experience in information technology. He has been involved in leading security projects, managing incidents, and performing internal and external risk assessments. Joe has spoken at conferences and has appeared on TV and radio to discuss IT security issues. He has published multiple articles on topics including compliance, privacy, and ethics in information security and has co-authored a monthly column in the ISSA Journal. Joe has been quoted in Processor magazine and PC Today and has served on the local St. Louis boards of the ISSA and InfraGard as well as the ISSA International Ethics Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Business.

Abhinav Singh

Silicon Valley Chapter

Abhinav Singh is a cybersecurity researcher with nearly a decade of experience working for global leaders in security technology, financial institutions, and as an independent trainer/consultant. He is the author of Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook (first, second & third editions) and Instant Wireshark Starter, by Packt. He is an active contributor to the security community in the form of open source tool development, paper publications, articles, and blogs. His work has been quoted in several security and privacy magazines, and digital portals. He is a frequent speaker at eminent international conferences like Black Hat, RSA, and Defcon. His areas of expertise include malware research, reverse engineering, enterprise security, forensics, and cloud security.

Kris Tanaka

Portland Chapter

Kris Tanaka is a Content Manager at Evanta, working with the CFO and CISO communities. Prior to Evanta, she was the Content Marketing Strategist at SecureWorld and the editor of the SecureWorld Post. Before joining the SecureWorld team, Kris served as the Events and Communications Manager for ISSA International and was responsible for producing the association's e-publications including E-NEWS and the monthly chapter leaders' newsletter, FYI. Kris has a BA in Journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She currently co-authors a monthly column in the ISSA Journal.

Joel M. Weise

Distinguished Fellow - Vancouver, BC Chapter

Joel Weise has worked in the field of information security for over 40 years. Joel is also a leading expert on legal and regulatory issues as they relate to information security. Joel is a founding member of the ISSA, a board member for the ISSA Vancouver BC Chapter, and a member of and Subject Matter Expert for the American Bar Association Science and Technology working committee. His other interests include the design and implementation of complex adaptive systems and security architecture, blockchain, cryptography, and privacy.

Branden R. Williams

Distinguished Fellow - North Texas Chapter

Branden R. Williams (DBA, CISSP, CISM) has almost twenty years of experience in technology and information security both as a consultant and an executive. Early in his career, he worked for educational institutions and infrastructure providers to put technology in the hands of the masses. Branden co-founded a technology services company that provided the foundation to a prominent e-learning company, and then worked for the primary investor to analyze potential investments and secure existing portfolio companies. His specialty is navigating complex landscapes—be it compliance, security, technology, or business—and finding innovative solutions that save companies money while reducing risk and improving performance. Branden has experience in many of the technologies that drive today’s businesses, as well as the theories that drive how they are implemented in practice. Branden, an ISSA Fellow, served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dallas’s Graduate School of Management, where he taught in their NSA Certified Information Assurance program.

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