Information Security Summit (ISS) was founded in 2002 and is a registered 501(C)(6) not-for-profit organization and an all-volunteer organization, currently led by Gary Sheehan (Executive Director) and Glenn Brzuziewski (Treasurer and Legal Counsel)

ISS works in partnership with various security, compliance and privacy related organizations, as well as educational institutions, The Jimmy Malone Scholarship Fund and CollegeNow of Greater Cleveland.  Our purpose and primary objectives are:

  • To provide quality, cost-effective training, conferencing and networking events;
  • To promote education and awareness to our community of professionals and students;
  • To facilitate Career Connection events
  • To promote non-profit professional IT groups and organizations with their training and conferencing efforts.

We thank all our volunteers, sponsors, event attendees, advisory group members, planning organizations, ASMGi and Hurricane Labs for their continuing support and assistance.

Information Security Summit Advisory Board
Information Security Summit activities and planning strategies are guided by an Advisory Board.  Currently, Information Security Summit Advisory Board members are:

Greg Feezel
Paul Elwell
MaryK Deep
Lisa Peterson
Garnet Maniscalco

Information Security Summit Certification Advisory Board
Information Security Summit is active in designing, implementing and operating a Certified Enterprise Resiliency Practitioner Program.  This program is being led by a Certification Advisory Board to assist in strategic and tactical execution of the program.  Certification Advisory Board Members include:

John DiMaria……….Rich Ullom……….Scott Horvath……….
Ted Kozenko……….Jeremy Mio……….Desiree Schmitt……….
Tom Hardin……….Christopher Luse……….Mike O’Neil……….
Tony Felice………..Justin Herman……….David Hargraves
Chuck Mackey……….Roman Pawnyk……….Barbara Walker
Omie Apampa……….Roger Stenger

Information Security Summit Fast Facts
Information Security Summit was formed as a result of a meeting held at OPOTA in 2001

  • The Information Security Summit organization was formed in 2002.
  • The first fall Summit was held in 2002 at the Tri-C East Campus and attracted about 150 attendees.
  • The fall Summit attendance has increased every year. We attracted over 600 attendees in 2014.
  • Since its inception, Information Security Summit has partnered with over 15 local non-profit organizations.
  • In 2011 Summit attendees came from 11 states and represented 215 organizations.
  • In 2011 Information Security Summit organized the CSO Xchange which meets multiple times every year.  In 2015, 23 local companies participated in the CSO Xchange.
  • In 2012 Information Security Summit held its first Spring Summit in Westlake, Ohio.  The Spring IT Summit has become an annual event attracting between 150-200 attendees each year.
  • In 2014 the 12th Annual Information Security Summit drew over 600 attendees from over 15 states.
  • In 2015 Information Security Summit launched the Certified Enterprise Resiliency Practitioner Program.  Certification and training is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015.

Information Security Summit’s training and conference events have attracted a number of sponsors. These sponsors have shared our enthusiasm for training and professional networking. We have been honored to have such sponsors as BSI Americas, IBM, VMWare, RSA, Juniper Networks, Oracle, Kaspersky Labs, ASMGi, Hurricane Labs, Accuvant, CentraComm, Trend Micro, SecureState, Riverbed, Zscaler, Modulo, Wombat Security Technologies, Varonis, Cadre, Check Point, Enterasys, HISPI, Security Weaver, Sequris, Corero Network Security, ArcMail, ProTech, Sourcefire, TWC – Business Class,, CBTS, Imperva, Q1 Labs, Rapid7, IntiGrow and ArcSight.

Because of the support we have received from our professional community, sponsors, advisory group and volunteers, Information Security Summit has donated over $250,000 to area non-profit organizations in support of their membership programs.