Fellow ISSA-COS Members,

Wow! If anyone ever tells you going virtual will reduce your workload and give you more free time in your life, don’t believe them. It is a lie!  Over that last two months, our chapter has been busier than ever! Thankfully, it has all been a good kind of busy. Our chapter has been flourishing with opportunities, partnerships, and events. I am proud of the impact we are making in our community and with businesses across America.

During the month of April, we kicked-off our weekly online series with five (5) Thursday night presentations. Prominent guest speakers included Mr. Art Cooper, Mr. Wally Magda, Dr. Erik Huffman, Mr. Mark Spencer (ISSA-COS President Emeritus), Mr. Justin Whitehead, Mr. Rob Carson, Mr. Jay Carson, and Mr. Ryan Dozier. All in one month! We averaged 42 attendees at each presentation and have issued hundreds of CPE/CEU credits. What a great month but, wait, that wasn’t all…

Apart from our public events, our chapter negotiated a new strategic partnership with the Info-Tech Research Group. In June, we will reserve a special night to showcase this partnership to all our members. You won’t want to miss that event! Also, in April, we kicked-off the planning for our 2020 Peak Cyber Symposium. This year will be our 10-year Anniversary for this event. Opportunities for Early Bird Registration, a Call for Speakers, and a Call for Sponsors/Exhibitors will open later this month. Lots of great plans are underway to include a live taping of the New Cyber Frontier podcast, a Chamber and EDC Ribbon Cutting ceremony, and a full-scale job fair sponsored and facilitated by Cleared Careers. Oh, and don’t forget the “Boss of the NOC” Capture the Flag challenged sponsored and facilitated by Splunk! and Epoch Concepts! Like I said earlier… April was a very, busy month.

As we shift into May, our weekly online series will continue with another great schedule of phenomenal speakers. Please register early on our website to attend these events. You will receive valuable information and earn CPE/CEU credits for your time. During the month of May, we will continue our preparations for the June online CISSP Review. Registration for this event is open and fills up fast. Don’t wait to secure your slot as seating is limited. Also launching in May is a planning committee for our 2021 30th Anniversary! If you like to party, volunteer to help plan this event. We want this celebration to be one for the ages. It will be open to chapter members and community partners and will showcase many aspects of our chapter history. If our interested in helping out, contact our Recorder/Historian at recorder@issa-cos.org.

Before closing this letter, I want to take moment to seriously thank all our members and community partners who have been working hard to support those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are beginning to see a decline in the spread of this virus, our nation will still need to remain cautious as we attempt to resume normal life. So many have selflessly spent time and personal resources to assist those in need. Such sacrifices continue to show the power of our love for others. Rest assured, our chapter is also doing all we can to help our members and our community. Not just with ongoing events but, also with our time and availability. Again, I will say, if anyone is in need of anything, please reach out to our board of directors at info@issa-cos.org and we will assist as best we can.

With that, I bid you all a safe and healthy month of May and hope to see you at one of our upcoming online events.

Sincerely,

Ernest Campos

President, ISSA-COS