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ISA President & CEO Larry Clinton
Larry Clinton

Larry Clinton is President of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA). The ISA is a multi-sector trade association that focuses on thought leadership, policy advocacy and developing best practices for cyber security. Mr. Clinton holds a certification on Cyber Risk management for Corporate Boards from Carnegie Mellon University, He is on the faculty of the Wharton School where he teaches a graduate Executive Education course in cyber security.

The National Association of Corporate Directors has twice named Mr. Clinton as one of the 100 most influential people in the field of corporate governance. He is a two term Chair of the IT Sector Coordinating Council and serves on the Cybersecurity Advisory Board for the Center for Audit Quality and the Cyber Advisory Board for the Better Business Bureau. He is widely published and has been a featured spokesman in virtually all major media outlets from WSJ, USA Today Fox News, NBC, CBS, NYT, PBS Morning Edition CNN & even MTV in India. He testifies often before Congress. He has briefed industry and governments world-wide including NATO and the OAS. ISA was also the only trade association to be part of the official cyber security briefing for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

ISA recently published the Cyber Social Contract (Vol. 3), which outlines 106 recommendations for the President and Congress. The previous editions of the ISA Social Contract were endorsed by the House GOP Task Force on Cyber Security and were the basis for President Obama’s Executive Order 13636 on Cyber Security. He is the industry co-chair – DHS is the government co-chair– of the Policy Leadership Working Group on Cyber Security Collective Defense featured at the National Cyber Security Summit in New York in July.

He literally “wrote the book” — the Cyber Risk Handbook for corporate boards which is the only private sector publication endorsed by both DHS and DOJ. PWC has independently evaluated the Cyber Risk Handbook and found it substantially changed how corporate director’s address cyber risk management leading to higher budgets, better risk management, closer alignment of cyber security with business goals and helping to create a culture of security. In 2017 ISA adapted the Handbook for the UK and Germany. As in the US, the German edition has been endorsed by the German government. ISA is now working with the OAS on a Latin American version of the handbook; as well as an edition for India and Japan, in partnerships with industry groups.

SYDNEY WHITE

Sydney White is the Vice President for Policy and Government Relations.  Prior to joining ISA, Sydney White was counsel for the House Homeland Security Cybersecurity Subcommittee where she advised Ranking Member John Katko on cybersecurity policy and legislative strategy. As counsel, Sydney worked with Majority and Minority staff in both the House and Senate, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Cybersecurity Solarium Commission to advance Subcommittee bills into law. She focused on critical infrastructure cybersecurity, protection of federal networks, supply chain risk management, state and local cybersecurity assistance as well as IT modernization, and cybersecurity workforce. Sydney also collaborated with critical infrastructure stakeholders on policy and legislation in furtherance of public-private partnerships on cybersecurity.

Sydney practiced law at three prestigious law firms for 17 years where she focused on cybersecurity, privacy, data security, telecommunications, and internet liability issues. Among the clients Sydney represented, were large telecommunications, technology, and internet companies as well as government contractors on public policy, legislation, and regulatory compliance. She analyzed, negotiated, and drafted cybersecurity, data security, and privacy legislation at the federal and state levels. Sydney worked with diverse stakeholders to build consensus around regulatory frameworks. Sydney advised clients on regulatory and legislative developments and recommended strategies to resolve complex policy issues. She also counseled business teams on how to align services with a policy framework and framed strategic advice for executives.

Sydney counseled several coalitions of ISPs and e-commerce companies on data privacy and security working closely with industry and cross-sector allies to advance pro-growth and pro-consumer public policy and legislation. Sydney advised companies on critical infrastructure cybersecurity policy developments including DHS implementation of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 and the evolution of information sharing.

Prior to entering private practice, Sydney worked for U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield and Senator Sam Brownback.

Josh Higgins

Josh Higgins is the Senior Director of Policy and Communications for the Internet Security Alliance. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Political Science from Virginia Tech. As ISA Director, he meets with government and industry stakeholders and helps manage ISA partnerships and ongoing projects.

Prior to joining ISA, Josh worked in journalism, covering a range of cybersecurity issues. On the cybersecurity beat, Josh covered Congress’ and the White House’s cybersecurity initiatives on a range of topics, from the Internet of Things to autonomous automobiles. He also managed social media for numerous publications and deployed numerous social media strategies to reach targeted audiences.