SOURCE: Executive Alliance

July 25, 2005 09:00 ET

Executive Alliance and the CISO Executive Membership Program of ISSA Forge National Partnership

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 25, 2005 -- Executive Alliance, Inc., creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums and the CISO Executive Membership Program of ISSA (Information Security Systems Association), today have announced a national partnership to benefit the information security industry and its executives.

The CISO Executive Membership Program of ISSA and Executive Alliance provide complementary programs and events to facilitate the information exchange that helps to provide efficiencies, value and consistency within the information security industry. Resulting in increased visibility for security executives, the programs celebrate their leadership and success.

Representatives from both Executive Alliance and ISSA met at the CIO/CSO Summit reception and dinner in Washington DC on July 13 and initiated plans for the partnership. "ISSA and Executive Alliance are a natural fit," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "We are both focused on enabling information security leadership and ensuring the executives have opportunities and tools to advance their goals. We are very excited to work with the CISO Executive Membership Program and its broad roster of security executives."

"Within the CISO Executive Membership Program of ISSA, we are committed to creating a unified voice for security professionals that can influence important audiences around the world," stated Dave Cullinane, CISO Washington Mutual and President, ISSA. "With their focus on visibility, recognition and celebration of the information security professional, Executive Alliance is an important partner to assist us in accomplishing these goals."

Scott Williams, Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Vice President of CISO Programs at ISSA, added, "Our CISO membership lives and works in a very complex environment that becomes more challenging everyday. By working together in partnership, Executive Alliance and ISSA can intensify and enhance our support of those executives who must satisfy the converging requirements of technology and business issues."

Executives from both organizations will be detailing plans for 2006 over the next couple of months. The CISO Executive Membership Program of ISSA is currently a 2005 National Association Sponsor of Executive Alliance's Information Security Executive of the Year Awards™.

About Executive Alliance and ISE Awards

Executive Alliance, Inc. provides premium leadership-recognition forums that honor and recognize outstanding achievement of executives. These forums allow industry members to build deep relationships within a network of peers; the programs provide visibility for executives and their companies, and offer access and insight into the people leading these industries. Through an extensive platform of collaborative events, which include Industry Award Events, Summits, Executive Roundtables, Executive Forums, Private Receptions, and Customized Programs, Executive Alliance creates interactive forums for bringing together top executives, industry innovators and practitioners.

Based upon the success of the Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Award™, the ISE Award Program Series™ was launched in 2005 to include the ISE Southeast Award (Atlanta, GA), ISE Midwest Award (Chicago, IL), ISE New England Award (Boston, MA), ISE Tri-State Award (New York, NY) and the ISE National Award (Washington, DC) to recognize outstanding leadership and exemplary achievement in the field of information security. For more information on this prestigious award, visit

About ISSA (The Information Systems Security Association)

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is the largest not-for-profit, international association of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members. ISSA is comprised of over 13,000 members in 89 countries across the globe.

About the CISO Executive Membership

The ISSA has formed an exclusive CISO Executive Membership to provide CISOs and Information Security Management Professionals with an environment to network every quarter through its CISO Executive Forums. This is one of the only Information Security Management level membership which brings Information Security leaders together on such a frequent basis.

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