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Andrea Hoy

Andrea received her initiation into the information security community when her hard work and dedication earned her the role of Assistant Venue Manager/Supervisor at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. This position exposed her to the information security field and ignited a passion that has made Andrea, arguably, one of the leading women in her profession. She has not only served as an advisor to the Pentagon, but in 1991 Andrea received the Security Education Manager's Award, presented to her by a representative from the Pentagon, acknowledging her work in applying Continuous Process Improvements to the implementation of information security resulting in cost savings for both industry and Government. She has been involved in numerous committees in Washington, D.C., to establish national and international information security policies. She has assisted companies in establishing policies and procedures that comply with international privacy laws such as the European Union Privacy Directive, the Data Protection Act of 1998, and the Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (WBP) Dutch Personal Data Protection Act of 2000, as well as U.S. privacy regulations such as the Gramm Leach Bliley Act 1999(GLBA), a.k.a. the Financial Modernization Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 1996 (HIPAA), PCI, as well as internationally accepted standards such as ISO17799/27001 & 27002.

Andrea is CEO of A. Hoy & Associates, and has recently founded Sense1 Security, Inc., a thriving information security consulting firm that was established to provide essential information security expertise on immediate and specific information security and business continuity planning. The services provided range from a quick policy review to wireless vulnerability risk assessments, cyberforensics/ investigations, senior management briefings, quantifiable IT and privacy risk assessments, business continuity/disaster recovery planning and assisting with developing a total information security strategic plan customized to the specific company culture quickly and efficiently with the utmost discretion.

Andrea has served as the Chief Technical Officer of iQwest Technologies, focusing on security and compliance initiatives with CISOs from various Siemens operating companies and other leading global businesses.

She can often be found doing what she is most passionate about which is speaking engagements throughout the nation to promote awareness of vulnerabilities and trends in the IT security field. She has been consulted by various media outlets and conferences with speaking engagements and interviews on cutting edge security and compliance issues. Andrea's commitment to education has driven her to create a nationwide "Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Bootcamp," which addresses best practices of security management.

Andrea's leadership positions in information security and business continuity includes dozens of marquee clients, such as Rockwell International, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Litton, Pacific Life, Cingular/AT&T, Washington Mutual (Chase), Hamni Bank, East West Bank, and Uniti Bank. At the apex of her 15 plus years in the information security field, she has the distinction of being the first Chief Information Security Director and Data Privacy Officer for Fluor Daniel, a $12 billion dollar Fortune 200 company.

In 2009, Andrea served her eighth term as President of the Orange County ISSA (Information Systems Security Association), where she successfully tripled the membership in two years. She assisted in creating the CISO Executive Forum Task Force. This forum was established to bring together ISSA members that are CISOs, to give them an opportunity to network, share ideas, and improve upon their skills in this much needed executive role. Andrea also has served as Presidential Advisor to ISSA International and was elected to the position of ISSA International Director in 2009. In early 2011, she took on a new role as Membership Chair to better support ISSA members, renewals and most importantly the future, Student membership. She is presently working on starting a Student Advocacy group to further this growth.

She served on the Technical Advisory Board for RSA for 4 years and advised the International Board of Directors for PointSec / ProtectData of Sweden. She recently sat on the Board of Advisors for Encentuate, a global security identity management and provisioning company, leading to its successful acquisition by IBM (International Business Machines) in 2008. She presently sits on the Board of Advisors for the Association of Women in Technology (AWT) which is the only not for profit dedicated to assist in providing education and networking opportunities for the advancement of women and girls in all fields of technology.

Statement of Goals

I am just completing my term serving as Director on the ISSA Board. My reason and goals for running for Vice President stem from the experiences and needs I have heard from various chapter members and seen first hand to support the growth of the ISSA as a truly international organization during this time. My overall goal is to make decisions that best support the Chapters and the individual members, no matter where there geographical location.

Goals which I feel will assist in this overall mission are:

  • Chairing the new Membership Council

    • Establishing better tools for membership recruitment and retention

    • Create some type of financial assistance for unemployed ISSA members who want to retain membership

    • Starting a Student Membership Subcommittee to target student recruitment for the future of ISSA

  • Develop or negotiate discounts for ISSA members to high quality conferences and information security training

  • Assist in the continuation of developing partnerships and alliances which will provide greater opportunities for local Chapters and members, especially during these economic times where costs divided can assist smaller Chapters

  • Add balance and consideration for all Chapters needs, not just US based when making Board decisions

  • Never forgetting how Board decisions can elevate or diminish the respect ISSA International needs to maintain as a professional not for profit organization

As a past Presidential Advisor on the ISSA International Board, as well as a CISO Executive Forum Task Force founding member, ISSA Orange County Chapter President for over 8 years, and founding member of Ventura County our 151st chapter, I hope you find it in your heart to allow me to continue to bring the voice of yourself and the many ISSA members I have listened to and worked with over these years to the Board again by serving as your Vice President.

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