Hard to believe, but we’re almost half-way through the year.  Our impressive team of volunteers has dedicated much time and effort to bring a variety of events to our membership.  This chapter hosts a lot of amazing events, all due to the efforts of our volunteers. 

Our first conference of the year, the Cyber Focus Day (CFD), was a huge success!  We had over 200 people attend the one-day conference, earning seven continuing education units.  If you weren’t able to attend CFD this year, you missed some great presentations! 

Our Training Committee held two Mini-Seminars, providing three continuing education opportunities for each mini-seminar, with more Mini-Seminars on the way.  If you haven’t made it to our Mini-Seminars, here’s what you missed so far this year:  Cybersecurity Career Progression, by Mr. Art Cooper; Artificial Intelligence in Cyber, by Mr. Frank Gearhart; Healthcare in Cyber-Crisis, by Mr. Mark Spencer; and Using BlockChain as a Global File System, by Mr. Chris Gorog.  Over 100 people attended our first two Mini-Seminars of the year! 

Our first Security+ Exam Prep Review Seminar, held on April 1 and 8, was another huge success – as it always is – thanks to the exceptional work by Susan Ross and our volunteer instructors.  And our second Security+ Seminar kicks off in just a few days!  Each of these seminars provides a 12-hour comprehensive review of the CompTIA Security+ exam material.  Over 50 students registered for these Seminars!  

We held eight membership meetings, in Jan, Feb, Apr, and May, four at lunchtime and four in the evening.  If you haven’t made it to our monthly meetings, here’s what you missed so far: 

Airport Security, by Dr. Shawn Murray
What Constitutes Reasonable Security?, by Mr. David Willson
Silver Linings in the Cloud, by Mr. Derek Isaacs
Do I Need an Attorney?: Cyber Legal Landscape, by Mr. David Willson
Fort Carson Cyber Program, by Ms. Martha Laughman
Internet of Things, by Mr. Srikant Mantravadi
Career Story – Naval Aviator to Information Professional to Cyber Defender, by Mr. Reese Zomar 

A huge THANK YOU to all who helped ensure the success of these events!!! 

There’s much more ahead, including our CISSP Exam Prep Review Seminar which starts the end of July, our two-day conference, the Cyber Security Training and Technology Forum, which takes place on 30-31 August, additional Mini-Seminars, and more.  Watch for emails and check our website for info and updates as we continue planning and organizing events throughout the rest of the year.  We can always use additional help in planning and executing these events, so if you’re able to help, please let me or any Board member know. 


Colleen Murphy
President, Colorado Springs ISSA