Fellow ISSA-COS Members,

If it’s September then it must be time for the Peak Cyber symposium! As you read this newsletter, the symposium will be wrapping up on another successful year of keynote speakers, amazing presentations, numerous training sessions, and one incredible Capture-the-Flag (CTF) challenge. By all accounts, the Peak Cyber symposium has become one of the largest annual Cybersecurity events in all of Colorado Springs. This year alone, 100+ people participated in the CTF challenge sponsored and facilitated by Splunk>. This represents a 4-fold increase in participation compared to last year! Overall attendance for the symposium pushed 450 people making this year the largest event in recent years. THANK YOU to all our direct sponsors (Murray Security Services, Handshake Leadership, Splunk>, AWS, and Jacobs), community partners(COS Chamber & EDC, SBDC, NCC, AFCEA-RMC, (ISC)2 – PP, PPCC, and ERAU), chapter members, and volunteers for helping make this event such a great one!

Also occurring in September is the second annual offering of the ISSA-COS Security + Review. The reviews are scheduled for the following Saturdays:9/14, 9/21, and 9/28 at CTU from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The fee is only $50 and is open to both members and non-members so, sign-up, bring a friend, and get ready to pass that exam!! Register at www.issa-cos.org.

Looking back at August, our chapter enjoyed dinner and lunch presentations from Mr. Thomas Hallewell; special guest and Director of Programs from the ISSA Washington DC chapter. Mr. Hallewell’s presentations on “Fail Secure: 23 Ways to Undermine you Security Program” were very well received and gave everyone quite a few chuckles. For our mini seminar, Mr. Justin Whitehead, Founder and CEO of Digital Silence presented: “SO THERE I WAS – A Walk Through the Life of a Red Teamer.” The mini seminar included a hands-on “Cyber Range” experience from our very own Healthcare Special Interest Group (SIG) Leader Mr. Dennis Schorn. Together, these gentlemen “rocked the house” and provided folks with an excellent training experience. THANK YOU, guest speakers, for contributing to the professional development of our members!

Two significant events taking place right now in our chapter are the 2019 General Member Survey and the 2019 Annual Elections. Here is a little information for both events.

2019 General Member Survey

The purpose of the general members survey is to gain insight from our members on the following topics:

• Registration Fees
• Catering Fees
• Monthly Chapter Meetings
• Annual Award Ceremony

Collectively, the questions represented in these four areas will help our Board of Directors (BoD) shape the planning and programming of our chapter for 2020. Ultimately, we hope to introduce more events that serve to provide newnetworking opportunities for our members that also qualify for additional CPEs throughout the year. Please spend 5-minutes completing this 10-question survey and help shape the future of our organization. The survey will remain open until September 20th and can be found at:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VK2KJN7.

2019 Annual Elections

In September, the BoD will release a “Call for Candidates” to help fill specific board positions up for election. Candidates will have time in October to introduce themselves to our general members and publish a candidate article in the October newsletter. Elections will be held in November with results being ratified by the BoD in time for newly elected board members to participate in the December Board Meeting. This year, the following board positions are up for election:

• Executive Vice President
• Chapter Vice President
• Director of Communications
• Vice President of Membership
• Treasure
• Member-at-Large (x2)

Looking further ahead, our October and November chapter lunch meetings will move from HP Enterprise (HPE) to the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC). The HPE facility is scheduled to undergo an extensive remodel which will make the facility inaccessible to our chapter. Coincidently, the NCC recently complete the second phase of their facility build out and is welcoming us with open arms. The newly expanded conference room space at NCC is more than sufficient for our needs and again is being provided to our chapter at no cost. THANK YOU NCC!!

In closing, I once again thank all of you for making ISSA-COS the BESTchapter globally! Throughout this year, our chapter has received numerous invitations to partner with other organization throughout Colorado Springs. As a result, 2020 is shaping up to be a stellar year and I look forward to having all of you along for the ride. On behalf of our BoD, I wish you all a great month

Sincerely,

Ernest Campos
President, ISSA-COS