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ISSA elections: Write-in candidate position statement

Dear ISSA members, 

I am writing this open letter to ask your support for me in the upcoming elections for the position of vice-president. 

You will not find my name on the slate, you will need to specifically write it in. 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 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 previous board and association experience. I have discussed my position with Andrea and other board members, before 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, one of Italy's leading penetration testing businesses) 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. 

Thanks for the time you devoted to read this post. If you find my notes worthy of your consideration, please help me further by forwarding a link to this message to your peers and ISSA Chapter members (always respectfully of the ISSA electioneering rules). 

Stefano Zanero
Fellow, ISSA
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