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From the President


From the President

Andrea Hoy, International President

This September the weather in Southern California will feel like being in the opening beach scene from the iconic TV series "Baywatch," with 80oF sunny skies in the morning, cooling pleasantly in the evening; while in London the temperature is forecast to be about the same, but cloudy. Unfortunately, the weather for others in our membership is not so wonderful as some may be dealing with flooding and hurricanes; our thoughts and prayers go out to those who are impacted.

Even though our weather forecasts may differ from one extreme to another, one thing that is universal is the challenge we all face as cybersecurity professionals with payment processing security. It's been seven years since Heartland Payment Systems announced that it was the victim of a large payment processing breach even though it stated it was compliant with the PCI DSS. And this year we have seen many major hotel chains reporting potential card payment processing-related security breaches. While PCI DSS 3.0 is a requirement, breaches are still occurring. It is important for us to stay vigilant and grow our cybersecurity controls based on the threats, not just address compliance. So, I hope the articles our dedicated Editorial Advisory Board of volunteer members have selected for us in this month's Journal assist you in this pursuit.

Don't forget that this month we will be hosting our annual membership meeting to share the past year at ISSA. Without sharing too much, we are excited to present specific information regarding our new and continuing strategic alliances and partnerships along with what they are providing to ISSA and its most important assets, you, our members. We will also be sharing information about the new ISSA chapters that have started up in the last 12 months. If you missed the September 8th meeting, the recorded session will be here: Annual Membership Meeting.

Remember to "promote a secure digital world"—ISSA's core purpose. Wherever you are reading the ISSA Journal, my hope is that you are safe and secure.

Moving forward,

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