Editorial

(ISC)² reveals new CEO

Clar Rosso to head up cybersecurity professional training and certification association (ISC)²

Posted 27 August 2020 by Christine Horton


Non-profit association for cybersecurity professionals (ISC)² has named Clar Rosso as its new CEO.

“Cybersecurity professionals play a critical role in our global society, and I look forward to joining the dedicated team at (ISC)2 to strengthen our value to members and associates through our certification programs, enriching learning experiences and much more,” said Rosso.

Clar Rosso , CEO, (ISC)2

“It is a great privilege to join (ISC)2 and lead this prestigious association. There is so much opportunity to continue growing the profession, striving to realise the association’s vision of a safe and secure cyber world, and ensuring that cybersecurity is a rewarding and welcoming career to a diversity of people globally.”

Rosso joins (ISC)² from the AICPA CIMA, where she is EVP of engagement and learning innovation.

She will assume the role of CEO effective October 1, to head up strategy and budget planning for 2021.

Outgoing CEO David Shearer will remain with the association in an advisory role until the end of the year to assist in the transition “and ensure the organisation’s 2020 goals are accomplished.”

Right successor

Shearer announced his plans to step down from his role after six years in March of this year. He said: “I deeply believe in the association’s mission to inspire a safe and secure cyber world. I’m looking forward to helping the board select the right successor to keep us moving along the same trajectory.”

“The (ISC)2 Board of Directors set out to find a talented, driven leader to achieve the Board’s vision of a growing, member-focused association that encourages an increasingly diverse workforce,” said Dr. Kevin Charest, (ISC)² Board of Directors chairperson.

“Clar has the experience and passion to help (ISC)2 build on the rich foundation of success her predecessors established, and we are confident our members will benefit from her leadership.”

Charest also said (ISC)2 was extremely appreciative of all of Shearer’s “work, passion and over the past eight years.