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 Captain Phillips, Survivor of Somali Pirate Attack, to Speak at ISACA Security Conference 

Information Security and Risk Management Conference Will Address Big Data and New Approaches to Security and Risk

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (27 August 2013)—Surviving a pirate attack on the high seas requires strong leadership, creativity and preparation. Similarly, surviving a threat to an enterprise’s number-one asset—information—requires clear guidelines and good practices for security. Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, will share his action plan for preparing for unpredictable threats at ISACA’s 2013 North America Information Security and Risk Management (ISRM) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 6-8 November 2013.

Most enterprises agree: It is not a matter of “if” they will be attacked, but “when”, according to a study of advanced persistent threats by ISACA, a nonprofit association serving 110,000 IT governance, audit and security professionals in 180 countries. To kick off the North America ISRM conference, Captain Phillips will deliver a special keynote address, titled, “Insights on Protecting Enterprise Assets From Even the Most Unpredictable Threats.”

Author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, Captain Phillips caught the world’s attention when he was captured by Somali pirates in 2009. Over the course of five days, Captain Phillips’ planning, forward thinking and heroism saved him, his crew and his ship. The events surrounding his ship’s capture and his rescue by US Navy SEALs have been made into a soon-to-be released Columbia Pictures movie, starring Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips.

ISACA will offer expertise for all levels of governance, risk, security and compliance professionals at the ISRM conference, which will be held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Eddie Schwartz, chief information security officer (CISO) for RSA, will deliver the opening keynote address titled, “Embracing Uncertainty—How Big Data Is Transforming Security Management.” The closing keynote address will be delivered by Robert Bigman, who recently retired from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after serving a 30-year career. Bigman will discuss why current approaches aren’t working and what to do instead.

“The wealth of information security and compliance experience on the volunteer task force for this year’s NA ISRM is broad as well as deep,” said Thomas Borton, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CISSP, director of IT security and compliance for Cost Plus, Inc., and chair of the North America ISRM Program Task Force. “The choices of topics, tracks and speakers will not disappoint, and offer a valuable opportunity to share experiences, sharpen skills and forge relationships that will prove beneficial and essential to the future success of attendees.”

The conference will cover the latest topics in information security and risk management in panel and interactive discussions, networking events, and engaging workshops. Attendees can attend sessions in the following tracks: Cybersecurity, Privacy/Security, Risk Management, Compliance, and Forums.

Pre- and post-conference workshops will address:

Conference attendees can earn up to 29 continuing professional education (CPE) hours. Registration is US $1,750 for ISACA members and US $1,950 for nonmembers. A US $200 discount applies to registrations received before 11 September 2013. Details are at


With more than 110,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA ( helps business and IT leaders maximize value and manage risk related to information and technology. Founded in 1969, the nonprofit, independent ISACA is an advocate for professionals involved in information security, assurance, risk management and governance. These professionals rely on ISACA as the trusted source for information and technology knowledge, community, standards and certification. The association, which has 200 chapters worldwide, advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials. ISACA also developed and continually updates COBIT, a business framework that helps enterprises in all industries and geographies govern and manage their information and technology.

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Kristen Kessinger, ISACA, +1.847.660.5512,
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