FAQ

HISTORY

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, and again in 2017.Our members consistently win ISSA International-level 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, Dr. Pat Laverty (2018), Dr. Shawn Murray (2019),Scott Frisch (2020)
  • 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),William (Jay) Carson (2020)
  • President’s Award for Public Service: Dr. George Proeller (2009)

Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)®

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, finance, and government.

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.

BENEFITS

The networking and training you receive through the Colorado Springs ISSA will provide a means to identify potential career opportunities and can get you known to those in hiring positions. The chapter also provides updated job postings to all members. Plus, you can earn CPEs for various certifications by attending meetings and conferences sponsored by the ISSA.

The chapter recognizes member accomplishments with “challenge coins” for industry certifications such as Security+ and CISSP. Occasionally, the board presents special coins to members when the group is recognized for special honors such as ISSA Chapter of the Year.

What is a “Challenge Coin”?

Our military and former military members are, of course, familiar with the challenge coin! They are a small coin or medallion, typically bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. The tradition if for the member to carry the “coin” to prove membership when challenged – such as at the local Officer or Noncommissioned Officer club. The challenge would typically be a loudly announced “COIN CHALLENGE!” The poor sap who did not have his coin would be obliged to “buy a round”. If the person issuing the challenge was unluckily met with no one failing to produce their coin, the challenger was obliged to buy the round.

Though the origin of the practice is shrouded in history, it is known that during the Roman Empire, soldiers were rewarded coins for their achievements. There are many stories about such practices in World War I and World War II. Today, receipt of a unit challenge coin is a respected and honored event, and many people retain their coins and build a “collection” they admire throughout their career and after.

The Colorado Springs Chapter of the ISSA is happy to honor our members for their achievements in this time-honored manner. Here are examples of the coins you might earn:

Chapter of the Year Challenge Coin:

CISSP Challenge Coin:

Security+ Challenge Coin:

Membership grants access to several resources including the International association website with forums and publications from your peers, the monthly ISSA Journal magazine, chapter newsletters, and the chapter bookshelf at the Colorado Technical University Colorado Springs campus library. Also, monthly luncheon meetings and periodic security conferences provide networking opportunities and continuing education credits for certifications.

When you join ISSA, you’ll deepen existing business relationships and make new contacts on a regular and on-going basis. The networking opportunities ISSA provides go beyond the exchange of business cards. As you attend local chapter meetings, become active on a committee, or take a prominent leadership role, you’ll forge lasting ties with others who have common professional interests and similar business concerns. These relationships will be rich, ongoing sources of inspiration and ideas. Learn what other Information Security professionals in your area are doing, and share your experiences and successes with colleagues in other ISSA chapters. Contacts developed through networking are extremely beneficial for benchmarking security practices and as a resource for you to validate security product functionality.

TRAINING & EDUCATION

ISSA-COS offers you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with security professionals who have obtained industry-leading certification. Our certification reviews provide the opportunity to review certification exam objectives where you can interact with the instructors and other students to ensure understanding of all the objectives before sitting for the exam.

Events and Conferences

The ISSA Chapter meetings, regional events, and annual conferences serve as vital educational and professional resources, offering in-depth and timely information about the information security industry. They provide an opportunity to obtain skills and develop solutions to further your success. Educational opportunities include comprehensive workshops, seminars, exciting guest speakers, and presentations on new technologies in the industry. ISSA also provides members with additional discounts to international security conferences.

Reading Room

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We maintain a “Reading Room” at Colorado Technical University open to our members. An assortment of reading materials is available in a variety of Information Systems Security domains and Programming.

 

CTU is located at 4435 N. Chestnut Ave, Colorado Springs
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9 am to 9 pm; Fri 9 am to 6 pm; Sat 9 am to 5 pm; Sun 12 noon to 5 pm
Phone number: 719-590-6708
The library is in the Resource Building 200, room 265.
All parking is open at this campus, no pass required.

Access: The campus is small and the library is easy to find. All visitors will need to sign in with security and let them know they are there to visit the library. This will ensure they get the correct access to the building. The ISSA collection is located directly in front of the circulation desk. Community members who have a library card from a participating Colorado Library Card library can borrow materials from CTU. You will need to fill out some paperwork.

Get involved. Promote information security in your company, industry, and your community. At the local chapter and international board levels you can participate, learn, and help spread the word about the vital importance of information security.

The Colorado Springs Chapter is committed to 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. Among the activities we participate in include Industry Advisory Boards for the Colorado State University School of Computer Science, the Advisory Board to the Hasan School of Business at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and the Security Advisory Board for Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs. Our chapter is also assisting Regis University inaugurate a security conference series.