President’s Corner

Fellow Members of ISSA-COS,

“Run, run Rudolph, reelin’ like a merry-go-round” – Welcome to December! The time when our thoughts turn to reindeer, twinkling Lights, candy canes, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Indeed, 2021 was a great year for our chapter and we have many reasons to celebrate and feel blessed. As we close out the year, let us reflect on many of our accomplishments and share some thoughts on the new year to come.

Our November events included a great presentation from Mr. Joseph McKairnes from GitLabs who spoke to us about Supply Chain Integrity with DevSecOps. All who attended agreed it was a prepared presentation and a very timely subject. For our mini seminar, we enjoyed the second half of Mr. Al Green’s technical demonstration on how to build a RHEL 8.4 Server. Those who participated in both parts walked away with a strong understanding how to install and configure a RHEL environment.

In November, ISSA-COS held its annual elections in which our members voted on new members for our board of directors. Back in October, our Election Committee released a Call for Candidates. From among those who responded, the following individuals were voted into office and will assume their roles on January 1st.

  • Vice President: Michael Crandall
  • Executive Vice President: Jay Carson
  • Vice President of Membership: Steven Mulig
  • Treasurer: Debi Caldwell
  • Director of Communications: Marcelle Licciardi
  • Member-at-Large: Jim Blake

The leadership team extends our gratitude to the outgoing board members for provide years of dedicated support to our chapter. These individuals include:

  • Dennis Schorn – outgoing Treasurer
  • Scott Frisch – outgoing Executive Vice President
  • Christine Mack – outgoing Director of Communications

Apart from the elections, we had one additional transition of power as Ms. Katie Martin, Director of Professional Outreach, stepped down due to personal reasons. The leadership team for our chapter appreciates the time and support Katie provided to our chapter. In her place, Mr. Patrick Pendergest was promoted from Deputy Director to Director. We welcome Pat to his new position and wish both Katie and Pat much success in the future.

Moving into December, the leadership team reviewed nominations for our annual S.T.A.R. Awards. During this event, ISSA-COS takes time to honor those who have contributed their time, talents, and resources to our chapter. For 2021, we recognize the following individuals/organizations for their contributions.

(S) Summit Award: awarded to one (1) individual for outstanding volunteer services resulting in the elevation of others within the COS Cybersecurity community and/or industry. The 2021 recipient of this award is: 

  • William (Jay) Carson – for his efforts to develop and submit a nomination package on behalf of our chapter for Chapter of Year. His efforts resulted in ISSA-COS winning our 4th Chapter of the Year award!

(T) Teamwork Award: Recognition of those businesses and organizations who have made a significant contribution to the successful operation of our chapter. The 2021 recipients of this award are:

  • Sponsors – Murray Security Services
  • Strategic Partners – Info-Tech Research Group
  • Community Partners – Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC

(A) Achievement Awards: Recognition of ISSA-COS member accomplishments achieved throughout the year. The 2021 recipients of this award are: 

  • New Senior Members 
  • New Fellows 
  • New Distinguished Fellows 
  • ISSA International Award Winners  
  • Industry Certifications 

(R) Recognition Awards: Expressions of gratitude to ISSA-COS volunteers in support of chapter events held throughout the year. The 2021 recipients of this award are: 

  • Guest Speakers 
  • Board Members 
  • Committee Members 
  • Key Personnel 
  • Event Volunteers 

As we look forward to the new year, we will kick-off 2022 with an Open House to re-introduce our chapter to the community and celebrate our return to in-person events. This event will be held at the Colorado Springs Whirly Ball event center. Board members will be on hand to answer questions and the event will include a brief overview of chapter events planned for the year. The evening will include free food, free drinks, free pub games, free bowling, and of course free Whirly Ball! Please plan to attend and bring a guest – if you both attend, you both will receive a special gift! Although this event is free to attend, registration is required. Please register at

In closing, 2021 was a great year for our members, our chapter, and our community. I am proud to be a part of all three. Our chapter holds an integral place within our community and the support we provide and receive from other organizations helps adds strength to stitches of our tapestry. Together we are stronger. Together we are ISSA-COS.


Ernest M. Campos

President, ISSA-COS