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May 25, 2015

In this episode...

  • David Shearer, Executive Director for ISC2 joins us to talk about the results of the ISC2 2015 Information Security Workforce Study
  • We ask David to highlight some of the results
  • We discuss how malware and application security were identified as top threats 3 years in a row -- and what's to be done about this
  • We discuss the major discrepancy between priorities from this survey and recent CIO surveys
  • We discuss the importance of communication skills (identified in the survey) while leadership and business management are far down the scale
  • We discuss with David how under his leadership ISC2 can build a much tighter alignment to business -- not just more security certifications


  • David Shearer - David Shearer has more than 27 years of business experience including the chief operating officer for (ISC)², associate chief information officer for International Technology Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the deputy chief information officer at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the executive for architecture, engineering and technical services at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Shearer has been responsible for managing and providing services via international IT infrastructures, and he has implemented large-scale SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects. Shearer holds a B.S. from Park College, a M.S. from Syracuse University, management and technical certificates from the U.S. National Defense University, and he is a U.S. federal executive presidential rank award recipient. As (ISC)² Executive Director, Shearer is responsible for the overall direction and management of the organization.