ISSA-COS Members,

Welcome to Summer! As we kick-off the months of July and August, we can look forward to another round of monthly chapter meetings and mini seminars. During the summer months attendance tends to dip a little so I ask all of you to seriously consider attending our events. Participation is important and helps add value to the time our guest speakers donate to our chapter.

During the month on June, we had the honor of sponsoring the M2 Technologies/HP Enterprise Artificial Intelligence (AI) Workshop. This event included two identical sessions; an AM session held on Peterson Air Force Base and a PM session held at M2 Technologies Headquarters. Both events were well attended, and the presentations were very informative. Our chapter was invited to provide announcements and we issued CPE forms to the attendees.

On the horizon is our 9th Annual Peak Cyber Symposium scheduled for September 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Once again, we will meet up at the Double Tree Hotel in Colorado Springs. This year’s event is shaping up to be another incredible year. SPLUNK! Is returning as our Capture-the-Flag (CTF) sponsor and facilitator. In 2018, we had 23 CTF participants. This year we are looking reach 55 participants. If you have never participated in a CTF event, this is the right place to start. All levels of simple and complex challenges will be presented. The event will include lunch and plenty of energy drinks!

Also added to this year’s symposium is a special dinner event on the evening of the Sep. 3rd. Although the conference is still free to attend for members, the dinner event will cost. This will be a plated dinner event with salad, entrée and dessert and will include presentations of special awards and a Keynote Dinner Speaker. Tickets for the dinner event are only $55 so, please register early to guarantee your seat!

Each year, we send out a request for volunteers to help support our Peak Cyber symposium. We typically need folks to work the check-in table, our ISSA-COS booth, and to serve as event jockeys ensuring our breakout sessions run smoothly. A call for volunteers will be released in July. Please consider stepping up and helping. Our chapter will greatly appreciate your support.

Throughout our community, several events are taking place of interest to IT and Cybersecurity professionals. In the months to come, we hope to begin adding these events to our own Calendar of Events on our website. If you come across events you believe other member would be interested in attending, please send us the information and a registration link to info@issa-cos.org and we will add it to our calendar.

Last of all, our board of directors is announcing the opportunity for general members to observe our monthly board meetings. We will even reserve two speaking slots for general members to address the board on a topic of their choice. Invitations to attend and to reserve a speaking slot will be released starting in July. We look forward to seeing you there! As always, we thank you for your support and for helping make our chapter the best it can be.

Sincerely,

Ernest Campos

President, ISSA-COS