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, Colorado boasts three chapters. The Denver Chapter of ISSA is very active in the metropolitan area. They meet monthly and have an annual slate of speakers for their meetings. North of Denver, in the Fort Collins area, is the Northern Colorado Chapter. Only seventy some miles south of Denver is the Colorado Springs Chapter. Our chapter maintains 400 – 500 active members and meets monthly with presentations and information of interest to security professionals. We also host two conferences: one in the spring and one in the fall. The Colorado Springs Chapter is proud to host Peak Cyber (formerly known as CSTTF), a three-day conference, and the Cyber Focus Symposium (CFS), a two-day conference, each year. Additionally, the Colorado Springs Chapter offers two CompTIA Security+ Exam Prep Review Seminars and an (ISC)2© CISSP Exam Prep Review Seminar annually. And to help members maintain their cybersecurity certifications our chapter offers eight Mini-Seminars annually.
Our Chapter was honored to be named the ISSA Chapter of the Year for 2005, 2008, and again in 2017. Two members were named to the ISSA Honor Roll in 2005 and a third member in 2016 for their continued support to ISSA and the information security field in general. Two members were named the ISSA Volunteer of the year, one in 2016 and another in 2017. One member was named to the ISSA Hall of Fame in 2008. Past-president and the chapter’s first ISSA international director, Dr. George J. Proeller, was honored with the International association’s Presidents Award for Public Service in 2009. 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)
Security Professional of the Year: Wally Magda (2018), Art Cooper (2019)
Volunteer of the Year: Colleen Murphy (2016), Frank Gearhart (2017), Susan Ross (2018), Don Creamer and Warren Pearce (2019)
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