Global Resilience Federation Names Bill Nelson as its First Chief Executive Officer

RESTON, VA, USA- December 4, 2018 - Global Resilience Federation (GRF) today announced that Bill Nelson will become its first chief executive officer. Nelson will continue to serve in his current role as president and CEO of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) through the end of the year.

“I am delighted to welcome Bill as the CEO of GRF,” said Cindy Donaldson, GRF’s president. “Expanding Bill’s current role from chairman of the GRF board to now include chief executive officer will benefit our members as we continue to focus on executing our strategy and delivering value to the multiple industries and stakeholders that make up our network around the world.”

Nelson brings with him extensive executive experience and expertise in intelligence sharing. He began serving as FS-ISAC’s president and CEO over 12 years ago and led the organization through a period of rapid growth and expansion. Working closely with the FS-ISAC Board of Directors and FS-ISAC staff, Bill was a driving force behind many major milestones for the security of the financial services industry. Under his leadership, FS-ISAC:

  • Increased membership from a few hundred organizations in 2006 to nearly 7,000 financial institutions;

  • Expanded membership to 45 countries, three operations centers and staff in nine countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East;

  • Significantly increased the number of member products and services;

  • Implemented the traffic light protocol (TLP) which helped establish an effective trust model;

  • Introduced the Cyber Attack Against Payment Systems (CAPS) exercise which has become an annual global event with over 2,000 member institutions participating each year;

  • Generated industry adoption of STIX/TAXII;

  • Improved analysis and led development of new deep dive intelligence services;

  • Focused on providing value to community institutions and small broker-dealer firms; and

  • Expanded business resilience and incident response capabilities

In his 12 years, Nelson led FS-ISAC in its response to major cyber and physical threats and vulnerabilities that affected the financial services industry, including partnering with Microsoft to take down four major botnet infrastructures. He was also responsible for creating the Sector Services Division of FS-ISAC, which was established to assist other sectors and became the genesis for launching Global Resilience Federation.

“I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with thought leaders from the financial services industry and talented employees at FS-ISAC and I couldn’t be more honored to now serve as GRF’s chairman and CEO. As a spin-off from FS-ISAC, GRF is one of those rare companies that is revolutionizing protection capabilities for multiple industries around the world,” said Nelson. “The opportunity ahead for GRF is tremendous and I look forward to continuing to work with FS-ISAC as one of GRF’s member communities, as well as President Cindy Donaldson and the talented staff at GRF. A big part of my job will be to accelerate GRF’s ability to bring innovative products and services to members to help further protect all industries and regions.”


Global Resilience Federation (GRF) is a non-profit hub for support, analysis, and multi-industry intelligence exchange between information sharing and analysis centers (ISACs) and organizations (ISAOs), which facilitate cyber and physical security intelligence sharing for specific sectors. GRF’s mission is to help assure the resilience of critical and vital infrastructure against threats that could significantly impact the orderly functioning of the global economy and general safety of the public. GRF members include Financial Services ISAC, Legal Services ISAO, Multi-State ISAC, Retail ISAO, Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center and Energy Analytic Security Exchange, among others. GRF is also engaged with computer emergency readiness/response teams (CERTs) and other bodies around the world that seek to protect certain regions and industries. Formerly the Sector Services division of Financial Services ISAC, GRF was created as a standalone non-profit organization in May 2017. Learn more at or by visiting @GRFederation on Twitter or Global Resilience Federation on LinkedIn. Inquiries may be directed to Patrick McGlone at

Chad McAuslin