2019 October Highlights

November 1, 2019


  • ISA Board of Directors meets in Washington DC for bi-annual board meeting. Primary purpose of the meeting was to discuss potential new projects for the ISA’s new three year plan (2020-2022). Among the proposals discussed was:
  • A study on systemic cyber risk to be funded by the US Department of Homeland Security. The study would be one of the largest and most sophisticated of its kind ever conducted. Eric Rollison, of DHS discussed the substance of the proposal with the ISA board and reported that the ISA proposal was in the third and final stage of approval at DHS;
    A proposal from Daniel Dobrygowski, Cyber Leader for the World Economic Forum.  WEF would like to merge ISA/NACD best practices for corporate boards and develop an evaluation to determine their use and effectiveness;

    Erin Essenmacher, Chief Program Officer for National Association of Corporate Directors proposing ISA expand its collaboration with NACD including developing a “micro-certification program for corporate boards on cyber security;

    Friso Van der Oord, Products Officer for NACD, discussing the third edition of NACD Handbook (publication 1/20)

    Henry Stover, President of Associations of Governing Boards for Universities and Colleges, proposing a partnership with ISA to develop a handbook for higher education boards of Trustees based on the model ISA has developed for NACD

  • The ISA board also met with numerous Members who are crafting future cyber policy
  • Representative Haley Stevens (D-MI), member of the House Science Committee – Stevens discussed ISA’s initial legislation to assess the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework, 
  • House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) – Collins discussed proposed legislation to bolster cyber law enforcement.
  • Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Chairman of the New Democrat Coalition and the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress – Kilmer discussed educating members of Congress on cybersecurity, addressing streamlining of cybersecurity regulation, and introducing legislation based on ISA policy proposals,
  • Representative Suzane Delbene (D-WA), member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress – discussed the need to adapt existing incentives to cybersecurity, conducting research to obtain better data on cybersecurity, and working with international policymakers to streamline cybersecurity regulation
  • Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), member of the House Homeland Security Cybersecurity Subcommittee and the Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats who offered to create a sub-group of cyber sensitive Members for ISA to work with on security initiatives such as streamlining regulation and managing the cyber supply chain
  • Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committees on Emerging Threats and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Chairman on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission were ISA’s guests of honor at the annual ISA’s annual Salon Dinner to discuss long term issues in cyber security on developing future cyber public policy
  • The Cyber Risk Handbook for Corporate Boards – Japan is published in conjunction with the Japanese Federation of Businesses.
  • ISA held an international  webinar with the European Conference of Directors Associations (ecoDa)reviewing discussing revisions to the Pan-European Handbook for Corporate Boards (publication due 12/19 or 1/20)
  • Larry Clinton guest lectures at Marymount University, Arlington VA.
  • Larry Clinton presents at Connecting the Server and Board Rooms, for NeoSystems Federal IT Seminars, Arlington VA
  • Larry Clinton keynotes on Policy Making as a Public-Private Partnership. at the EY Cyber Future Foundation Summit, Dallas 
  • Larry Clinton presents and moderates at NACD’s Data Privacy Program ,  Austin, Texas
  • Larry Clinton presents at NACD’s Overseeing Cyber Risks Program, Austin, Texas
  • ISA presents at Digital Ethics: Transparency, Privacy, Security,  Conference Board’s Future Ready Conference, New York