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"Candy" Frances Alexander, CISSP CISM

As a recognized information security leader, Candy has in-depth experience in performing many aspects of information security which she obtained through the various information security roles she has filled in her 24+ years in the industry at companies such as Digital Equipment, Compaq Computer Corporation and Symantec.

Candy is often requested to present at various conferences. Her most memorable to date is the session at the United Nations where she was a featured speaker for the IT Security Symposium and running in close second is an invitation to the Offices of the White House to speak on the importance of awareness to the President’s Cyber-Czar staff (Richard Clark).

In her ongoing commitment to "give back” to the InfoSec profession, she has previously served on the ISSA International Board (4 terms), currently serving as the Chair of the ISSA International Communications committee, past President and is a current Board Member of the ISSA Education & Research Foundation. Candy has also served as Vice President of Education and Vice President of International Relations for ISSA. She remains heavily involved at the local level through her participation with the New England Chapter board and the ISSA-New Hampshire Chapter for which her efforts were awarded with her ISSA Distinguished Fellow member status, which she received in 2010.

Candy is currently enjoying her position as the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) for Long Term Care Partners where she manages a Corporate Security Program in beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Statement of Goals

If elected as a director to the International Board, I will:

  • Utilize my skills and leverage contacts obtained during my past tenure on the International Board such as motivating people to come together from diverse backgrounds and knowing who you can call on to help get the job done.
  • Reach out to Chapters and members to understand their needs and work with fellow board members to meet those needs to ensure the value of membership to our association. Use innovation and creativity to provide for fresh solutions to old problems.
  • Identify ways to grow the youth of our profession to ensure the transfer of knowledge and that the legacy remains with our profession - through our Chapters, training, and networking opportunities.
  • Look for ways to enhance the knowledge transfer of our members to provide well-rounded, educated and informed professional leaders.
  • Provide the means for ISSA to maintain association leadership through partnerships with like-minded organizations.
  • Increase ISSA’s brand recognition to the level of "when the world hears 'information security', the world thinks ISSA”.
  • Ensure that ISSA remains an organization we are all proud to be members of and others would want to become members of.

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