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 when voting opens on June 2 2014.

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


TimHolmanTim 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.

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