Write In Campaign for ISSA National Vice President

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Write In Campaign for ISSA National Vice President

With the news of the resignation of the President of ISSA, Ira Winkler, Stefano Zanero has announced his desire to be selected as a write in candidate in the current ISSA election.  Both Anne Rogers and Michael F. Angelo have voiced their support for this unprecedented write-in campaign that Stefano has launched.

Anne Rogers statement of support:

All, I would like to let our chapter members know this info. Stefano is one of the most respected board members I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I would like to endorse him as a write in candidate for VP.

Michael F. Angelo statement of support:

I know Stefano quite well, he not only contributes to ISSA but is quite active at BlackHat and other events in Europe.

Appeal Letter from Mr. Zanero announcing his write-in bid for Vice President

I originally chose not to be on the election slate due to my highest respect for the role of Andrea Hoy, who was supposed to run for the position. Since then, as you know, President Winkler resigned, and Andrea succeeded in the presidential role.

While I do believe that both the remaining candidates are excellent professionals and outstanding members of the association, I think that, in this moment of change and transformation, the association needs a vice president with board and association experience, and neither of the gentlemen running for the position has served in the International board before. I have discussed my position with Andrea and received her support in this attempt to be elected as a write-in candidate. Something that, I might add, has never happened in the history of ISSA.

I have served on the board of ISSA for almost 7 years, during which I worked to create our International Conference. I also served for 3 years on the board of the IEEE Computer Society. This experience helped me understand the current need of professional associations, and their need to change into something different to keep serving the members, the profession and the society at large.

If elected, I will help Andrea (of whom I respect the expertise and the strong leadership) steer the association in its renovation, with a focus on our strategic alliance with other associations (such as ISC2, ISACA, and IEEE). I will also be the first officer in a long time to come from the European Union, and I will devote effort to strengthen and grow the association there.

My career path (I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano university, and I am currently an assistant professor there) makes me also extremely conscious of the need for ISSA to connect with the universities, bring young professionals into our fold, mentor them and help them enter the cybersecurity career.

My technical background (I am a member of the review board of the Black Hat conference, and I have founded, over ten years ago, Italy’s leading penetration testing company) also makes me aware of the fact that ISSA needs to connect back to the more technical members of the profession, helping to bridge the everlasting gap between management and technology in computer security.

I look forward to the opportunity of serving ISSA in a different role, if the members so choose. Rest assured that, whatever the results of the election, I will work as a volunteer to address the issues I outlined.

Stefano Zanero
Fellow, ISSA

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