Center for Internet Security Strengthens Team of Cybersecurity Leaders

Three New Board Members Named

Will Pelgrin Elected Chairman of the Board

East Greenbush, N.Y.

March 28, 2019

CIS® (Center for Internet Security, Inc.) announced that it has strengthened its Board of Directors with several key appointments of cybersecurity industry leaders, including the return of former CEO William Pelgrin, who now serves as Chairman of the CIS Board.

Pelgrin was the President and Chief Executive Officer of CIS from 2010 until his retirement in 2015.  He is the Founder, and served as the Chairman, of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®) from 2003-2015.

In addition, Pelgrin served as the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) until December 2016, and currently is GCA’s Global Strategic Advisor.  Pelgrin was honored to have served as a Commission Member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cyber Security which briefed the 44th President of the United States on cybersecurity.  He is also Co-founder and Partner of CyberWA, Inc., an exclusive cybersecurity service to help protect corporate executives, celebrities, politicians, and other high value individuals from cyberattacks.

In addition to the appointment of Pelgrin, CIS also announced:

• The appointment of Roberta (Bobbie) Stempfley to the position of Vice Chairman of the CIS Board of Directors.  Stempfley is also the Director of the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI). She previously served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cyber Security and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Also named to CIS Board positions were:

•Amit Yoran, the Chairman and CEO of Tenable Security. Yoran previously was President of the computer and network security company RSA, and was the National Cyber Security Division Director within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

•Todd Kimbriel, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Information Officer for the Texas Department of Information Resources.  Before joining state government, Kimbriel served more than 25 years in the private sector. He is a lifelong information technology professional, having spent time in all aspects of technology including planning, design, operations, customer service and management.

“We are immensely grateful and honored that Will Pelgrin has re-joined CIS, and Bobbie Stempfley is assuming the Vice Chair role.” said John Gilligan, CIS President and CEO. “With the addition of internationally-recognized industry leaders Amit Yoran and Todd Kimbriel, CIS is well-positioned to expand our role as a global, independent leader in cybersecurity for public and private organizations,” he added.

About CIS

CIS (Center for Internet Security, Inc.) is a forward-thinking, non-profit entity that harnesses the power of a global IT community to safeguard private and public organizations against cyber threats. The CIS Controls and CIS Benchmarks are the global standard and recognized best practices for securing IT systems and data against the most pervasive attacks. These proven guidelines are continuously refined and verified by a volunteer, global community of experienced IT professionals. Our CIS Hardened Images are virtual machine emulations preconfigured to provide secure, on-demand, and scalable computing environments in the cloud. CIS is home to both the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the go-to resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial government entities, and the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center(EI-ISAC®), which supports the cybersecurity needs of U.S. State, Local and Territorial elections offices. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter: @CISecurity.