Established in 2000, the IT-ISAC is a non-profit organization of corporate leaders from the information technology sector dedicated to identifying threats and vulnerabilities to the infrastructure, and sharing best practices on how to quickly and properly address them. Its mission is an essential component of the nation's security efforts, and has been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as a critical mechanism for accomplishing the goals of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and Information Technology Sector Specific Plan.
"The IT-ISAC plays an integral role in helping the public and IT sector collaborate to combat evolving threats against critical infrastructure," said Reitinger, who succeeds John Sabo, director of global government relations from CA Inc., as IT-ISAC president. "The commitment demonstrated by the members of our organization is critical and will help us drive enhanced risk management and other initiatives in 2008."
An active member of IT-ISAC for the past two years, Reitinger leads Microsoft's Critical Infrastructure Protection Team. In that capacity, he works with government agencies and drives industry collaboration to help enhance the security of critical infrastructures and raise the level of trustworthy computing across the PC ecosystem.
Reitinger noted that among the goals for IT-ISAC in 2008 are implementing enhanced incident response capabilities among government and the private sector, further enhancing the partnership among the many companies and organizations involved in operational critical infrastructure protections, and continuing to build the response and analysis capabilities of the IT-ISAC organization.
"Phil will do an excellent job as IT-ISAC president," said former IT-ISAC president Sabo. "His decision making is focused, and his objectives are clear ... that's exactly what it takes to be successful in this role."
Greg Garcia, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, said he is looking forward to working with Reitinger in the coming year. "I am grateful to Phil Reitinger for his commitment to protecting our homeland and I look forward to expanding our close relationship with the IT-ISAC under his leadership to secure America's cyber infrastructure."
The IT-ISAC Leadership Board
In addition to the appointments of Reitinger and Willis, filling the roles of secretary and treasurer are Mary Ann Davidson, chief security officer at Oracle Corp., and Rob Clyde, vice president of technology at Symantec Corp., respectively.
The following IT industry leaders round out the rest of the IT-ISAC board:
-- Bob Fecteau, chief information officer, BAE Systems, IT
-- John Sabo, director of global government relations, CA, Inc.
-- Guy Copeland, vice president and special assistant to the CEO, Computer
-- Dave Cullinane, chief information security officer, E-bay, Inc.
-- John Lindquist, chief executive officer, EWA, Information and
Infrastructure Technologies, Inc.
-- Ronda Henning, senior scientist, Harris Corp.
-- Tim O'Neill, director of IT security incident management, HP Corp.
-- Pete Allor, program manager of Intelligence and Vendor Relations and
special assistant to the general manager, IBM Internet Security Systems
-- Ken Silva, director, VeriSign, Inc.
About the IT-ISAC
The Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center is a community of security specialists from across the IT industry dedicated to protecting vital information infrastructures by identifying threats and vulnerabilities, and sharing best practices on how to quickly and properly address them.
For more information on the IT-ISAC, its board or its' activities visit http://www.it-isac.org.