Sunday, September 16, 2012

Act now, it’s crunch time for (ISC)2 candidates

If you hold a CISSP or other certification from (ISC)2, please read this.  If not, you’ll probably want to skip it, unless you are having difficulty sleeping.

I keep trying to ignore it this year, but I can’t.  There are a bunch of people running for the (ISC)2 Board of Directors, including about a bazillion unendorsed candidates.  OK, maybe not a full bazillion, but at least seven- and they need at least 500 “signatures” to get their names on the ballot for the upcoming election.

I think Rob Graham summed up my feelings very well in this post.  I think (ISC)2 and the CISSP just need to go away, be put on an ice floe and sent out to sea- but since that seems unlikely, I’ll support folks who want to make a change.  Wim Remes made it to the board last year from a write-on candidacy, let’s see if we can get more- at least on the ballot.


Grecs has done a great job keeping tabs on the candidates, blog posts, and articles on the subject- see this post at the Nova InfoSec portal- it has all the details you need to find most of the candidates, and instructions on signing their petitions (it’s easy, just send an email to the candidate from the email address on record with (ISC)2 including your full name, (ISC)2 member number, and a statement that you are signing/endorsing).

I believe getting write-in candidates on the ballot is worth the few minutes it takes, it gives us a choice of BoD members, and (I hope) it sends a message about the “endorsed” candidate pool, and that whole process of restricting choice of candidates.  Signing the petition to get someone on the ballot does not commit you to voting for them in the election, and there seems to be no limit on the number of petitions you can sign (In the actual election you can vote for no more than four candidates).

Please take a few minutes and review the positions of the various candidates, especially “The Four Horsemen”- and then please sign the petitions of those you feel appropriate.