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Roy Wilkinson has more than 25 years of information technology experience, focusing in information security and infrastructure, as well as over 20 years of experience in physical security, notably serving as Senior Security Consultant for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and as Chief Security Officer for an international consulting firm.

Along with several industry certifications, Dr. Wilkinson is an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and he has been awarded Diplomate status by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and Fellow status by the American College of Forensic Examiners. He has successfully served in numerous leadership positions for ISSA and other associations, at the local, regional and international levels.

Within ISSA, Roy has represented the Eastern US region on the ISSA Intl Chapter Presidents Advisory Council since this council was formed, and has served several years as the liaison between ISSA and ASIS Intl. A two-term president of the Atlanta ISSA chapter, he now serves as advisor and resource for the chapter’s board of directors and members. He organized the first Atlanta InfoSec Conference, now in its eighth year, and numerous other ISSA events.

Under Roy’s leadership, the Atlanta chapter became financially stable and increased membership, while maintaining a vendor-neutral policy for speakers. He also fostered a strong leadership environment, including mentoring and growth for chapter leaders, as well as building continuity from year to year. Dr. Wilkinson has been inducted into the ISSA Hall of Fame and has been honored by ISSA as a Distinguished Fellow, the association’s highest award!

Statement of Goals

Greetings fellow ISSA Members! I am asking for your support in my candidacy as Director, to serve on the International Board, and I would like to share with you a few of my goals for our association.

One of my goals is for ISSA International to be more unified, rather than a collection of individual chapters working independently to succeed. One of the reasons I got involved in the Chapter Presidents Advisory Council (CPAC) was the opportunity to help build a bridge between the chapters and the association’s leadership, enabling the chapters’ voices to be heard and providing a conduit in both directions. I also believe a united voice from all the chapters will carry more weight on issues, both internally and externally, and I believe each chapter can be stronger when we have the opportunity to lean on others and the association when needed. As a former chapter president, and having served as a CPAC regional representative from its beginning, I definitely understand the needs of the chapters and the association in this area.

Another strong objective would be to grow the benefits of ISSA membership. Today, we do have some global benefits, and chapters have sometimes established local benefits. I would like to see a stronger member benefits program offered by ISSA. In addition to being a positive thing for current members, increased benefits can help chapters with recruitment and retention of new members. Having worked in other associations to build benefits into their membership programs, I believe this would be a strong plus for ISSA that I could bring to the table.

Last, but not least, I would like to help ISSA build and maintain strong relationships with other security-related organizations. This type of outreach and partnership program can benefit both associations involved as well as the members, broadening our personal and professional networks, increasing our association’s profile and presence, expanding educational opportunities and so on. While I was chapter president, I started a similar program that remains strong and successful, the chapter now having partnerships with groups like ISACA, InfraGard, OWASP, CCS and ISE, and I would work to pursue similar relationships for ISSA at the international level.

I look forward to working with you all, and thank you for your consideration.

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