Rick Ensenbach of Wipfli LLP earns rare honor from Information Systems Security Association


February 16, 2012
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Rick Ensenbach, a manager who provides healthcare technology and risk services  at Wipfli LLP (Wipfli), has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). He earned the distinction for his years of service and leadership to the information security profession and the security community. The ISSA reserves its highest honor for less than 1% of its membership worldwide – there are currently only 29 people in the world who are Distinguished Fellows.

“For his entire career, Rick has been dedicated to helping companies overcome their information security challenges and advancing the information security profession in general,” said Bob Cedergren, partner-in-charge of Wipfli’s risk advisory and forensic services practice. “We are proud to have Rick on our strong team of information security and risk management professionals.”

One of Ensenbach’s endorsers, Dr. Ron Ross, senior computer scientist of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, said, ”Mr. Ensenbach has dedicated his career to the advancement of the information security profession, bringing his energy, drive, and passion to building information security education, training, and awareness programs.”

With over 30 years of experience working in the information security industry, Ensenbach has been deeply involved in growing the information security industry and developing and mentoring young professionals in the profession. He has served ISSA in a variety of roles, at both the chapter and national level, and continues to serve ISSA by volunteering to help struggling chapters become successful. Ensenbach is also one of the founding members of the Minnesota Secure360  Conference, an event that brings a powerful coalition of security, risk management, business continuity, and audit leaders together to provide the Midwest with critical and timely information on  tools, techniques, and best practices that can be employed by both public and private sector organizations to help protect their critical missions and business operations. In addition, he has expanded the information security community through his involvement in national and international audit and security organizations that provide leading perspectives on enterprise security risk management. Further, Ensenbach has contributed his knowledge and skills to a variety of educational organizations and outreach initiatives including serving as a member of Minnesota’s Center for Strategic IT & Security, Business Continuity Planners Association (BCPA), and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). 

Another endorser of Ensenbach and Cyber-Security Coordinator of President Obama’s Administration, Howard Schmidt, commented, “Mr. Ensenbach has built his career on a solid foundation of integrity, trust, collaboration and strong desire to help others succeed and grow in our profession. This is evident when you take into consideration his 15 years of volunteerism to the Information Systems Security Association and the global security community.”

ISSA is an international association of information security practitioners that work to protect privacy, data and systems for businesses, government, education, health care and law enforcement. The association will present Ensenbach with the award during its upcoming RSA Conference in San Francisco on February 28. For more information on ISSA, go to www.issa.org.

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