From the President
Andrea Hoy, International President
This year our ISSA International Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas! And it is not too late to sign up.
--Are you with a security vendor, bringing new and emerging technology to the forefront? We want to see you.
--Were you part of the cybersecurity workforce, perhaps retired, and want to stay involved in our ISSA community? Come network and share your expertise.
--Are you new to cybersecurity, just getting your feet wet and not sure about next steps? We have members who want to meet with you and help.
--Perhaps you are not yet a member and picked up this Journal off a co-worker's desk? We want you to attend and take advantage of the membership discount by joining our global association.
--Thinking about volunteering to attend? Let us know. We'd love your help.
Our second annual "Party in the Sky" will be held at the Reunion Tower--listed in Trip Advisor's "Top 12 Thing to Do in Dallas." And for those of you wanting to hone your skills, there will be a Capture the Flag competition during the party.
Chapter Leaders--we know many of you are concerned about growing your chapter membership, dealing with fund-raising issues, getting compelling speakers, and dealing with tax filings. There will be a one-day session the day before the conference where you can meet with other chapter leaders to share strategies and lessons learned.
CISOs and those holding equivalent qualified roles--Our CISO Executive Forum was made just for you. The theme is "Big": big data, big network, bigger environment. But isn't everything bigger in Texas?!
SIGs--Are you interested in finding out more about Security Education and Awareness, Women in Security, Health Care, or the Financial Industry? These SIGs are growing quickly and will be hosting a breakfast wednesday morning: come start your day with your special interest group.
ISSA's Board and staff have been working hard on establishing relationships that will provide value to our members. We have formed a strategic partnership with The Security Awareness Company (TSAC), founded by industry luminary and author Winn Schwartau. TSAC provides free on-demand resources such as modules for security concept training, interactive learning, downloadable security posters, a repository of searchable, indexed documents, and indexed security education materials, games, videos, and much more. We thank TSAC for creating the ISSA International Conference video that can be viewed on the conference home page.
And we have some great news for those studying for their CISSP! We have successfully negotiated a 50-percent discount for members to obtain the Official Handbook. Contact your local chapter leader or ISSA HQ if interested.
I would like to close with some wonderful news from Egypt. The ISSA Egypt Chapter is now an accepted member of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, participating with consultative status at UN conferences and events and spreading the word about ISSA activities at the global scale, furthering our international presence. Thank you, Mohamed El-Guindy, for sharing this latest accomplishment. See the story in Association News.
See ya'll in Texas!!!