Tipton is new (ISC)2 chief

Former Interior Department chief information officer W. Hord
Tipton has been named executive director of the International
Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.

He replaces Eddie Zeitler as executive director of (ISC)2.
Zeitler left to pursue other interests, (ISC)2 officials

Tipton served as CIO of the Interior Department for more than
five years. During his tenure, he managed IT operations for 2,500
Interior offices with 3,650 IT employees, 5,800 contractors and an
IT portfolio of $1.2 billion.

In early 2007, he left Interior to become president and chief
executive officer of Ironman Technologies, which had a client list
that included IBM, Perot Systems, EDS, Booz Allen Hamilton and

Tipton has been a member of (ISC)2's board of
directors since 2005, and a member of (ISC)2's government
advisory board since 2004.

Before serving as CIO, Tipton had worked in a number of business
areas at Interior. He was directly responsible for balancing
resource usage involving forestry, recreational programs, mineral
extraction, law enforcement and wildland firefighters through the
U.S. He also served as director for international programs for the
Minerals Management Service. Earlier in his career, Tipton had
worked for 13 years as an engineer for Union Carbide Nuclear in Oak
Ridge, Tenn. He also received the Distinguished Rank Award for
government service in 2005 from President Bush.

'I look forward to working with our certified members
around the world to take (ISC)2 to the next level as the
leader in developing security professionals across the
globe,' Tipton said. 'I also want to increase awareness
beyond the security community of the contribution our members and
our organization offer each and every day to make the cyber world a
safe place for all.'

The (ISC)2 has certified more than 60,000 information
security professionals in 135 countries since its founding in

About the Author

Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.


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