ISSA Colorado Springs Chapter History

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.

With active participation from individuals and chapters all over the world, the ISSA is the largest international, not-for-profit association specifically for security professionals. Members include practitioners at all levels of the security field in a broad range of industries, such as communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and government. There are over 100 chapters in numerous countries around the world. This membership encompasses more than 8,000 members worldwide.

The primary goal of the ISSA is to promote management practices that will ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information resources. The ISSA facilitates interaction and education to create a more successful environment for global information systems security and for the professionals involved.

On a regional note, the great State of Colorado boasts four ISSA chapters along the I-25 corridor. From North to South, there are the Northern Colorado Chapter, the Denver Chapter, the Colorado Springs Chapter, and the Pueblo Chapter. All four chapters feature a combination of monthly and annual events and either host or participate in various annual conferences. The Colorado Springs Chapter (ISSA-COS) averages 350 – 400 active members with additional support and collaboration coming from over two dozen area organization; what we refer to as Community Partners. ISSA-COS also enjoys the benefits provided from formally recognized Strategic Partners and various Chapter Sponsors. Our chapter meets monthly with presentations and information of interest to security professionals. We also host two nationally attended symposiums: the Cyber Focus Symposium held in the Spring and the Peak Cyber Symposium held in the fall. Other events hosted by ISSA-COS include two annual CompTIA Security+ Reviews, an annual (ISC)2© CISSP Review, an annual Special Interest Group (SIG) Summit, and the annual ISSA-COS STAR Awards. We offer all these events (and many others) throughout the year to help our members obtain and maintain their cybersecurity industry certifications.

Our Chapter was honored to be named the ISSA Chapter of the Year for 2005, 2008, 2017, and again in 2021. Our members consistently win ISSA International-levels awards, many of which are listed below.  In 2017, Dr. Shawn Murray became the second ISSA international director from our Chapter. ​Additionally, many Colorado Springs Chapter members have received individual ISSA International recognition. We’re extremely proud of their accomplishments!

Hall of Fame: Dr. George Proeller (2008), Mark Weatherford (2018)

Honor Roll: Dr. George Proeller, Mark Spencer, Dave Reed, Pat Laverty (2018), Dr. Shawn Murray (2019), and Scott Frisch (2020)

Security Professional of the Year: Wally Magda (2018), Art Cooper (2019), and Kurt Danis (2021)

Volunteer of the Year: Colleen Murphy (2016), Frank Gearhart (2017), Susan Ross (2018), Don Creamer and Warren Pearce (2019), and William (Jay) Carson (2020), Patrick Sheehan and Christine Mack (2021)

President’s Award for Public Service: Dr. George Proeller (2009)

Dr. George Proeller, Past-President of the Colorado Springs Chapter, served as the chapter’s first ISSA International Director. In 2017, and re-elected in 2019, Dr. Shawn Murray became the second ISSA International Director from our Chapter.

The Colorado Springs Chapter is committed toward helping its members grow professionally. To do this we provide scholarships and negotiate discounts to security training and education events in the region. Our chapter is also committed to advancing the information security field in Colorado, particularly along the Front Range. We work with institutions of higher education from Ft. Collins to Pueblo. Our chapter is also working with other local universities toward including security courses and conferences in their offerings.

The Colorado Springs chapter has an international reach. One member is active in working in South America, speaking at universities and other venues about information security, while helping establish ISSA chapters in those countries. He established the ISSA chapter in Bogota, Colombia.

We, the members of the Colorado Springs chapter of ISSA, invite you to join ISSA and pick ISSA-COS as your chapter. Apply online at www.ISSA.org