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Top federal security execs join (ISC)²'s Government Advisory Board

The GAB is a group of advisors from the US public sector and industry organizations that provide insight and advice on government policies and programs that affect the information security profession. It most recently advocated to Congress about what it terms the “human capital crisis” in government when it comes to cybersecurity, recommending a cohesive certification push to improve the security talent in government.

The three new members are Carlos L. Edwards, chief of security operations and engineering at the SEC, Steven Hernandez, CISO for the Office of Inspector General at HHS, and Joe Jarzombek, director for software assurance (SwA) for DHS.

“We are honored to welcome these three accomplished federal security executives to the GAB,” said Marc Noble, director of government affairs for (ISC)² and co-chair of the GAB, in a statement. “Their expertise, proactive and strategic perspectives, and professional relationships are extremely valuable as (ISC)² continues to expand its support of federal cybersecurity initiatives.” 

Edwards has more than 18 years of experience in multiple facets of cybersecurity, including incident response, forensic analysis, identity management, information governance, and risk and compliance management. At the SEC, he’s responsible for all aspects of cybersecurity strategy and deliverables to safeguard SEC business processes and enhance the enterprise security posture.

Hernandez’ background in information assurance includes work for international heavy manufacturing, large finance organizations, academia and government agencies. He focuses on risk management, information security return on investment, and the implications of privacy in electronic commerce.

And finally, Jarzombek leads government interagency public/private collaboration efforts with industry, academia and standards organizations in developing a comprehensive program of workforce education and training, increased diagnostic capabilities, software automation, and security-enhanced development and acquisition practices. He also co-leads the Software Assurance Forum that DHS co-sponsors with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to collaboratively mitigate software security risks.

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