October 2021 Newsletter

President’s Corner

Fellow Members of ISSA-COS,
Autumn is now upon us. Welcome to cooler temperatures, colorful foliage, and all things pumpkin spice. What a beautiful time of the year! As our chapter heads into Fall, we find ourselves busy with lots of internal and external projects at hand. In this month’s article, I will do my best to catch you up on everything taking place. There is a lot to cover so…. Click here to read all about it!

Membership Corner – October 2021

Are you up for renewal? Please check to see if your membership renewal is due by going to the ISSA Member Portal Renew Online – Information Systems Security Association (issa.org).

We need all members to spread the word that we are looking for new members to join our great organization! Click here to see new September members and the top 10 reasons to join ISSA

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Notes from the Bluefin Blog:

Just halfway through the year, we’re already seeing that 2021 is a major year for data breaches. Between politically motivated hacks to disruptive attacks on supply chains, cybersecurity is no longer a topic just for IT professionals. Ransomware is now a household word, and nearly everyone has been affected by a data breach in one way or another.

These are the biggest data breaches and data security attacks of 2021 so far:

2021 Membership Survey


Please take time to respond to the 2021 Annual Members Survey. This brief survey will provide our leadership team important information to help refine the operations of our chapter and ensure we remain relevant, current, and of value to our members and our community. The survey will remain open until midnight 10/24/2021.

Book Review

Landoll, Douglas J. The Security Risk Assessment Handbook: A Complete Guide to Performing Security Risk Assessments. Second Edition. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2011.

With apologies to our distinguished fellow ISSA member (and he really is an ISSA DF!) Mr. Landoll, his book was the ‘should read’ book. It is an excellent, if tougher read. If you really want to get deeply into risk assessments, this is a great reference. Click here for the rest:

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ISSA-COS Women in Security and Privacy in Security Special Interest Groups

 Last month in the chapter newsletter I promised you more information on the ISSA-COS Special Interest Group (SIG) Program.

Short Read: SIGs Meeting date/time: Wednesday, 27 Oct 2021, 1800-1900 Mountain Time. 

Click here for the Long Read:

Ethics in Cybersecurity Virtual Event

November 5, 9am – noon. Click here for more information and to register:

Training Committee Article:

Travelers Insurance Company tells us: “Empowering your employees to recognize common cyber threats can be beneficial to your organization’s computer security. Security awareness training teaches employees to understand vulnerabilities and threats to business operations. Your employees need to be aware of their responsibilities and accountabilities when using a computer on a business network. New hire training and regularly scheduled refresher training courses should be established to instill the data security culture of your organization.” Click here to continue:

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Women are Champions in Cybersecurity

You’ve probably heard that women are underrepresented in cybersecurity. You only need to look at the audience at any cybersecurity event and you’ll see men significantly outnumbering women. Per the 2018 (ISC)2 Women in Cybersecurity report, women represent only 24 percent of the cybersecurity workforce. While still low, that number is actually an increase from the 2017 (ISC)2 Women in Cybersecurity report that showed women only comprised 11 percent of the global cybersecurity workforce. Click here to continue.

October at a Glance: