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Ask Me Anything with (ISC)²’s John McCumber

(ISC)² Former Staff

(ISC)² is excited to introduce our new Director of Cybersecurity Advocacy, John McCumber! We shared a little bit about John and his background in infosec on the blog earlier this week. John also shared his thoughts on the KRACK exploit that got all our Mondays off to a roaring start.

 

This is the first time (ISC)² has had the position of Director of Cybersecurity Advocacy and John is excited to get to work for you, the professional. So, this is your chance to ask John anything!

7 Comments
Contributor I

Congratulations John on joining the (ISC)2 Family!  I'm excited for you and your role as advocate!

 

  1. What would you say are your goals for the first 100 days in this role? 
  2. What do you see are the biggest challenges for advocating for more cybersecurity in the industries?

 

Thanks!
James

(ISC)² Team

Hi, James, and many thanks for the warm welcome.

 

I am excited to be here, and there is so much to be done.  My goals are to establish (ISC)2 as the go-to organization for the human element of cybersecurity.  I want to give our membershipo a "face" to legislators, industry leaders, and boards of directors.  To do that, I have laid out a timeline that begins this Monday with meetings on Capitol Hill

(ISC)² Team

Hi, James, and many thanks for the warm welcome.

 

I am excited to be here, and there is so much to be done.  My goals are to establish (ISC)2 as the go-to organization for the human element of cybersecurity.  I want to give our membershipo a "face" to legislators, industry leaders, and boards of directors.  To do that, I have laid out a timeline that begins this Monday with meetings on Capitol Hill

(ISC)² Team

@jmccumber

 

What would you say are the top challenges facing cybersecurity professionals today? And, while you’ve only been with (ISC)² a short time, how do you think our organization can best help solve those issues?

(ISC)² Team

Hey, Jarred,

 

There are a mountain of issues we need to overcome in this profession.  I personally believe one of the big mistakes we made twenty years ago was embracing the concept of 'hacker',  It's now a verb (to hack), and a noun used to describe malfeasant actors, attackers, nation-states, and good guys.  I saw a recent kerfuffle where an elementary kid told his teacher his dad was a "hacker", and the teacher said, "No, that's a bad person.", and many of my colleagues were incensed.  This is a mistake we made.  

 

We can't define a "hacker" good or bad.

(ISC)² Team

We need to better define the myraid of roles and repsonsibilities in this field to help the profession move forward.  We have vulnerability researchers, penetration testers, blue teamers, architects, risk managers, and they are not all "hackers"

 

(ISC)² Team

(ISC)2 is the best place for us to continue to define the multidisciplinary nature of this broad and technically challenging profession.