"The" Wim Remes
Note: What follows are my words and the reasons why I support a change in the way ISC² works and is run… if you find issue with these words, I have a perfectly good contact from on the about me page. Feel free to use it!
First off let me say, I’m not a CISSP (and proud of that fact)… The main reason I’m so proud not to be a CISSP is the crap I see regularly coming out of the ISC² and the slightly skewed “code of ethics”. There’s been a lot of bitching and moaning about how screwed up things are, how the “code” only applies to some and not others… but very little action to actually change it.
It’s time to shit, or get off the pot!
In the last few days a close personal friend™ announced his candidacy for the ISC² board. I think Wim could really make a difference here, so consider this post my backing of his candidacy. Unfortunately, as I don’t subscribe the to code of “ethics” that ISC² assign to their certification holders (i.e I’m not certified by them, therefore must be a heathen or worse yet, a blackhat of some sort!), I’m not permitted to officially sign the petition, but you SHOULD!
Official petition page for Wim Remes
On August 19th I received the yearly e-mail from (ISC)2 where they informed me of their
board elections that begin on November 16th. While I respect everyone currently
slated for the ballot, I always cringe a little when I look back at yet another year of
separation between the infosec community of which I am a vocal participant and the
institution (ISC)2. I could spend another year on the sideline OR I can try and BE
the change that MANY of my online and real life friends are waiting for.
This is my official petition page to have my name added to the election ballot on November 16th.
You can support me by sending an e-mail from your e-mail address registered with ISC2 mentioning your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS and CERTIFICATION NUMBER to firstname.lastname@example.org .
If I’m to become a member of the (ISC)2 Board of Directors I will strive to do the following in the three years that I will be given the opportunity to be the change you are all looking for:
* A closer collaboration with the information security community at large. This means recognition of what is currently considered to be an outlawish community but what I consider as a treasure trove of knowledge and capability that remains untapped. Either because we are afraid of what we don’t understand or because hackers are still suffering from a bad image. Not in my book!
* A review of the certification requirements for the flagship (ISC)2 certification, the CISSP, in order to bring it back to the level it once was on. Ideally with the incorporation of more in-depth requirements on a technical level, requirements in soft skills and, possibly, the addition of a written paper requirement that would show the knowledge the candidate has acquired during the learning process. This last requirement would feedback into the community becoming a valuable resource for security professionals globally.
* I am from Europe. I still feel that many of the subject covered by (ISC)2 and other organizations are focused on the US. My goal is to widen the efforts to a global approach that brings communities from different continents together instead of seperating them further. While there is a different in laws, culture, etc. across continents, I firmly belief that we have more in common and there needs to be a better collaboration in order to address the security challenges we have coming at us.
* With my work on PTES (http://www.pentest-standard.org), Infosec Mentors (http://site.infosecmentors.com) Brucon (http://www.brucon.org), Eurotrash Security Podcast (http://www.eurotrashsecurity.eu) and other global initiatives I want to encourage the members of (ISC)2 tobecome a part of the community that I consider so valuable.
This is not about me but apparently I need some kind of bio.
I am Wim Remes (CISSP ;-)), working in IT for 14 years now and passionate about security for over 10 of those. I have not graduated from any posh university but who cares right?
I’m currently working for a Big4 company in Belgium as a Security Consultant. I will add extra information to my bid page as soon as possible.
In the mean time, please take the time to send me that e-mail and spread the link to this page as wide and as deep as possible. I need 500 signatures to my petition before September 19th. If you want passion on the (ISC)2 Board of Directors, you know what to do!