Press Release


 Frank Yam of Hong Kong Appointed International Director of ISACA 

ISACA’s New 2014-2015 Board of Directors Will Focus on Emerging Business and Technology Issues.

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (13 June 2014)—ISACA, a global association serving 115,000 information systems (IS) governance, assurance, risk and security professionals in 180 countries, installed its 2014-2015 Board of Directors today. Frank Yam, CISA, CCP, CFE, CFSA, CIA, FFA, FHKCS, FHKIoD, FHKITJC, chief executive officer (CEO) for Focus Strategic Group Inc. (Hong Kong) and adjunct professor for the Nanjing Audit University in Mainland China, was appointed international director of the organization.

Now in its 45th year, ISACA develops international standards, frameworks and guidance to help enterprises optimize the value of their information and systems and ensure that technology is fully integrated with the business. ISACA established the 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) designations, and recently announced a new cybersecurity certificate and practitioner certification.

These new credentials are part of ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), a comprehensive program to help enterprises address the global cybersecurity skills shortage and help individuals develop their careers. CSX fills a need for a central source where security professionals and their enterprises can find research and guidance, career resources, credentials, education and training, mentoring, and community. ISACA is also the creator of COBIT, the internationally accepted business framework that enables companies to better manage and govern their information and technology.

“ISACA is the leading global organization in governance, audit and security, not only because of the certifications, standards, training and research publications offered, but because of the diverse constituent base and the dedication of its members,” said Yam. “I am privileged, once again, to help ISACA lead and provide members and other professionals with critical resources to ensure that their enterprise’s information is more secure, its risks are controlled, and it is receiving maximum value from IT-related investments.”

Yam has been very active in leadership roles for numerous local and international professional bodies. He is a member of ISACA’s Strategic Advisory Council and chair of ISACA’s Credentialing and Career Management Board. He has served on ISACA’s board previously as international vice president from 2004-2009 and has served on ISACA’s Leadership Development Committee, Membership Board, Ways & Means Board, Marketing Board, Governmental and Regulatory Agency Board, Global Program Committee, China Task Force, Leadership Development Committee, and Chapter Support Committee. He was chair of the Asia Computer Audit, Control and Security (CACS) conference and the chair of the Expert Review Team for the translation of COBIT into Simplified Chinese. He has also held several positions on ISACA’s China Hong Kong Chapter board, including president from 1996-1998. He received ISACA’s John Kuyers Award in 2002 and the International President Appreciation Award in 1998.

Yam is the founder of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Hong Kong Chapter and has served as Council Member and Chairperson of the Information Security Specialist Group for the Hong Kong Computer Society, and Ambassador of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, a Life Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society, and a Fellow of the Hong Kong IT Joint Council.

“Frank is a veteran ISACA board member, who brings a wealth of experience, expertise and regional knowledge to the board,” said Robert E Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, vice president of strategy and innovation at CA Technologies (USA), who was installed as international president of ISACA today. “He is strongly committed to helping ISACA constituents better govern and manage their enterprise IT. His dedication is an asset to the association, especially as we grow our presence in China.”

Ten business and IT leaders were selected to serve on the 2014-2015 ISACA Board of Directors:

  • International President Robert E Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, vice president of strategy and innovation at CA Technologies, USA
  • International Vice President Steven Babb, CGEIT, CRISC, ITIL, technology risk management, compliance and assurance leader at Vodafone, UK
  • International Vice President Garry Barnes, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, MAICD, managing consultant at BAE Systems, Australia
  • International Vice President Rob Clyde, CISM, CEO of Adaptive Computing, USA
  • International Vice President Ramsés Gallego, CISM, CGEIT, CCSK, CISSP, SCPM, Six Sigma Black Belt, security strategist and evangelist at Dell Software, Spain
  • International Vice President Theresa Grafenstine, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CIA, CGAP, CGMA, CPA, inspector general of the US House of Representatives, USA
  • International Vice President Vittal Raj, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, CFE, CIA, CISSP, FCA, partner of M/s. Kumar & Raj and director at Pristine Consulting Private Limited, India
  • Director Debbie Lew, CISA, CRISC, executive director within Ernst & Young LLP Advisory practice, USA
  • Director Frank Yam, CISA, CCP, CFE, CFSA, CIA, FFA, FHKCS, FHKIoD, FHKITJC, CEO of Focus Strategic Group Inc., Hong Kong
  • Director Alexander Zapata Lenis, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, COBIT Certified Assessor, COBIT 5 Implementation, PMP, ISO 22301 Lead Implementer, ITIL, ISO 27001, IT consultant in Latin America, Mexico

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With more than 115,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA ( helps business and IT leaders build trust in, and value from, information and information systems. Established in 1969, ISACA is the trusted source of knowledge, standards, networking, and career development for information systems audit, assurance, security, risk, privacy and governance professionals. ISACA offers the Cybersecurity Nexus, a comprehensive set of resources for cybersecurity professionals, and COBIT, a business framework that helps enterprises govern and manage their information and technology. ISACA also 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. The association has more than 200 chapters worldwide.

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