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PSCU’s Gene Fredriksen Appointed to the Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience

St. Petersburg, Fla. – (May 5, 2016) – PSCU, the nation’s leading credit union service organization, announced today that Gene Fredriksen, the company’s CISO, has been selected to help represent the nation’s credit unions in the Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience. The Forum is the first of its kind dedicated to operationalizing cyber resilience.

The Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience establishes a public/private collaborative partnership bringing together industry, business, government and critical infrastructure leaders to operationalize cyber resilience. Cyber resilience and security are no longer afterthoughts in the process of developing and implementing services. Boardrooms are now proactively integrating resilience and security tools throughout the organization to deliver services to clients, both internally and externally.

"The holistic concept of resilience encompasses more than traditional security measures. It speaks to the optimization of people, processes and technology to yield systems that are not only secure but will also inherently survive and recover from a wide array of threats and caustic environments,” said Fredriksen. “The Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience is the first of its kind targeting operationalizing standards and practices focused on the critical issue of cyber resilience."

The Forum leverages standards such as the NIST and FFIEC frameworks for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity and the Department of Defense enterprise service management framework, along with best practices and lessons learned to operationalize cyber resilience and deliver a cyber resilience service management action plan. PSCU, through Fredriksen’s participation in the Forum, will offer credit unions representation in this critical area and ultimately benefit the credit union industry by bringing back tools and techniques to more effectively fight cybercrime.

The first Forum meeting was held in February 2016, bringing together public- and private-sector representatives. According to Charlie Tupitza, the Forum’s CEO, it was difficult to determine whether individuals were from a particular sector or from a private sector or government organization without reading their name tags.

“This reinforced that the Forum is striking the right note, helping organizations look at cyber resilience via a common approach utilizing a common lexicon, thereby bringing people to a common foundation that generates enormous benefits to advance cyber resilience,” noted Tupitza. “We are fortunate to have Gene as a participant in the Forum, representing PSCU and the nation’s credit unions. His leadership and cybersecurity experience and expertise will greatly benefit both the Forum and the credit union industry.”

Deborah Kobza, President/CEO of the Global Institute for Cybersecurity + Research (GICSR) and Co-Founder of the Forum, added: “This is a historic opportunity to break down long-standing silos and barriers by bringing together increasingly connected and globally trusted public and private sector leaders to operationalize cyber resilience.”

For additional information about the Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience, visit gicsr.org/gfacr/ or contact either of the Forum Co-Chairs: 
Deborah Kobza, Deborah.Kobza@gicsr.org; or Charlie Tupitza, Charlie.Tupitza@gicsr.org.

About PSCU

Established in 1977, PSCU (St. Petersburg, Fla.) is the nation's leading credit union service organization (CUSO) and was awarded CUSO of the Year recognition by NACUSO. The cooperative is owned by over 800 member credit unions representing more than 18.9 million credit, debit, prepaid, online bill payment and mobile accounts. Comprehensive 24/7/365 member support is delivered through contact centers located throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.pscu.com.