CompTIA unveils cybersecurity focused advisory council

The new body will focus its efforts on cybersecurity threats facing businesses and government.

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CompTIA unveils cybersecurity focused advisory council Thibodeaux: "As our society becomes more digitally connected, cybersecurity becomes even more crucial."
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  February 7, 2017

CompTIA, a global technology association, recently launched the CompTIA Advisory Council on Cybersecurity (CACC).

Comprising of cybersecurity experts from a wide-range disciplines, the council will focus its efforts on cybersecurity matters pertaining to businesses and government.

Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA's president and CEO, said: "As our society becomes more digitally connected, cybersecurity becomes even more crucial.

"Business, academia, and government leaders of all stripes are concerned about attention to cybersecurity in terms of available resources, availability of a skilled workforce, and focus in the C-Suite or leadership positions to meet cybersecurity threats.

"The growth of smart cities and IoT will only accelerate the trend, and it is incumbent upon us as one of the nation's largest technology trade associations to invest in finding meaningful solutions.

The body will devise new methods in which CompTIA can develop more focused cybersecurity initiatives that advance national cybersecurity readiness. Additionally, the CACC will identify gaps within the cybersecurity ecosystem that it will consider tackling with future developments.

 "CompTIA has long committed significant resources through industry leading research, professional workforce certifications, state-level outreach on procurement initiatives, and advocacy to address many of nation's cybersecurity concerns. With the contributions of the CACC, we intend to make the focus of those resources even more impactful," Thibodeaux added.                                                       

Members of the CompTIA Advisory Council on Cybersecurity:

Jen Ellis, vice president of Community and Public Affairs, Rapid7

Ari Schwartz, managing director of Cybersecurity Services, Venable, LLC

Bill Wright, director, Government Affairs & Senior Policy Counsel, Symantec

Jim Harvey, partner, leader Data Privacy and Security Practice, Alston & Bird

Dave Fedorchak, Senior IT Program Manager, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Treasury Department

Dr. Corey Schou, university professor of Informatics, Professor of Information Systems, Associate Dean, College of Business, Idaho State University

Paul Gupta, partner, Intellectual Property, Information & Innovation Group, Reed Smith LLP

Sean Manning, senior professional Staff, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Scott Scheferman, director of Consulting, Cylance

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