Founded in 1960, IFIP links more than 50 national ICT societies with an aggregate membership in excess of nearly 1,000.000 individual members. It is a not-for-profit body with its headquarters in Austria. It has 13 Technical Committees bringing together 3500 global experts to address key ICT issues for today. IFIP provides a global forum of ICT experts that plays an active role in developing and sharing expertise amongst all stakeholders of the information and knowledge society. IFIP runs numerous significant conferences each year and also offers a free-to-read digital library of technical information. IFIP’s Strategic Aims are: To provide a global platform to (1) Advance technologies for the information and knowledge societies; (2) Disseminate high quality information; (3) Promote social responsibility in the application of ICT; (4) Promote Digital Equity; (5) Advance Professionalism in ICT.
In order to achieve the strategic aims, its Objectives are to: (1) Be one of the leading organizers of ICT related events; (2) Be one of the leading sources of advice on ICT related issues; (3) Provide services and supporting its member societies and their members; (4) Support education and lifelong development of academics and practitioners.
Leon Strous is qualified as a registered IT-Auditor (RE) in the Dutch Association of Registered EDP-Auditors (NOREA) and also as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) in the international Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He works for De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), which is the central or reserve bank of the Netherlands, as IT auditor in the internal audit department and as overseer in the oversight department of the cash and payments division, focusing on the security of payment systems. Currently his main jobs are advancing business continuity and crisis management arrangements with the key players in the payments and securities clearing and settlement processes in the Netherlands and liaising between the financial sector and the government concerning critical infrastructure protection programs.
He has been active in many different positions in the Dutch Computer Society (NGI) since 1988 and in the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) since 1994. In IFIP he has chaired Technical Committee 11 on security and protection in information processing from 2001-2007, he was Vice-president from 2007-2009 and in August 2009, he was elected as President for the 2010-2013 term with a re-election in 2012 for the 2013-2016 term.
Leon has co-authored and co-edited publications in the area of information security and chaired / organized several international security conferences.