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20 March 2012


Hal's death hit me hard, so hard that it took me two days to be able to cry. I know there is much to remember, much to say, but I don't know what I can add... except,

There is a time for the evening under starlight,
A time for the evening under lamplight
(The evening with the photograph album).
Love is most nearly itself
When here and now cease to matter.
Old men ought to be explorers
Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and the empty desolation,
The wave cry, the wind cry, and vast waters
of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning..

T.S. Eliot

Good bye Hal!

You made a difference, Hal. The CISSP is your legacy.

Rest in peace.

My thoughts and condolences go out to Hal's family at this time.

I first met Hal teaching the CBK for ISC2 when the instructors were volunteers from the community. He helped me become a lead instructor and through that experience I gained a lot of friends and colleagues.

For many of us in the early days Hal was our information security voice and evangelist. He helped shape the communities that we currently have, and we are ever grateful for his leadership and mentorship.

Rest in peace my friend.

I am sorry to hear this.
Although I had not met him before, but I have to say that he was a great man, and he will be missed.

I just learnt of the news that Mr.Harold Tipton passed away.

My heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr.Harold Tipton on this sad occasion.

I am indebited to the ISC(2) created by him, as it gave me a new professional focus on security and as a freelance trainer.

As a part of the security community I acknowledge the immense difference he made to a lot of us, though not known personally.

I hope god gives the strength to the family to bear the sad loss.

May the soul rest in peace.

From Brian Schultz, CISSP, ISSMP, ISSAP, Member of the (ISC)² North American Advisory Board, Former ISSA Board Member, ISSA Fellow, Co-Author with Hal on one of his many editions of the Information Security Management Handbooks:

I first met Hal at a meeting in 2001 with Susan Hansche to redesign the CISSP review course from a two week course to a one week course. I was immediately impressed with his depth of knowledge and his complete understanding of human behavior. We became friends and he invited me to write for his next edition of the Information Security Management Handbook. He was a man of immeasurable patience and a tireless contributor to the information security profession.

The information security profession has lost a great mentor. However, his legacy lives on through each of us who practice the profession today and well into the future. Thanks Hal!

I never met Hal but I met his work. I may not have known Hal but I can say I agree with him and would have very much liked to have met him.
Serving humanity is no small feat. ISC2 is a group whose ideals are put to paper. It is one thing to do what is good and right. It is another to LEAD others in doing what is good and right.
I am honored and humbled to follow in his footsteps.
I wish his family peace. We all thank you for Hal.
God Bless

Words alone are inadequate to express the impact from the passing of this friend of our profession. Like Vehbi, I was stunned and rocked to my core for so many days that only now can I accept this.

Hal did so much for all of us, and for the world. We are a safer society because of his work, but Hal would never tell you that, as his humility would prevent it. We owe Hal a debt of gratitude that cannot be repaid.

Rest well, respected colleague, you have earned the full measure of our respect, gratitude and thanks, for your tireless efforts for us all.

When I heard the news of his passing, I immediately started to cry. As one of the originial members of ISC2, he was influential to recommending that I get certified as a CISSP. He was a forward thinker and knew that although the organization would start off small, it would eventually be what it is today and how it will continue to expand. He was a true gentleman and I will miss him terribly.

I was lucky to meet Hal on a number of occasions and was fortunate enough to be selected by him to be a lead instructor for ISC2 for Middle East, Europe and Africa. I was very saddened to receive the news this week while I was away in Muscat. What a wonderful man Hal was. One was instantly aware that he was special. He was a listener, modest to extreme and his dealings with people showed he had class - our industry's integrity and professionalism was far more important to him. He was a mentor, and more than that he helped you when you asked a question without questioning your own sense of understanding - he just explained it in a way you could visualise and then explain it yourself. On e-mailing him and John Berti once regarding the confusion so many students had over MAC, DAC etc, - especially over the desire by some authors to try and explain the rational - I received a response very quickly and I remember that it was the first time I had seen the word "obfuscate" used to explain the situation. It was prefect. God bless you Hal.

~~ Hal's contribution would go on forever

I would like to share my condolences on this occasion to his family.

After all these years of infosec era, the greatest tribute we can give a person, Mr. Harold Tipton.

I am indebted to the CISSP CBK created by Hal, as it gave me, my students and infosec professionals, CEOs and leaders in Hong Kong a sharp focus on expectations of information security profession that providing career advancement opportunities and benefit to businesses, other industries and humanity cultural growth of many countries.

Serving humanity is no small feat. His contribution would go on forever.

May the soul rest in peace.

Academy of Professional Certification (APC)
Hong Kong

I remember writing the first CISSP training book with Hal. He was not only an outstanding teacher but a great mentor. He helped us set up the first CISSP training sessions in San Francisco and either taught or coordinated teaching every subject matter. He was a resource of information that can't be matched and his passion can only be emulated, but never matched.

He will be forever be missed and remembered.

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