Alex Grohmann (CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPT) has been a leader in the information security rich Northern Virginia (NOVA) community and would be honored to serve on the ISSA International board of directors.
Alex has been an active member of the NOVA chapter since 2003. He has served on the board for over a decade and has held various leadership roles including three terms as president. During Alex’s three years as president, the membership increased 11% to over 550 members, sponsorship quadrupled, and average meeting attendance regularly surpassed 120-140 attendees. He founded a mentoring program with two local universities and started a Toastmasters chapter within the chapter. The chapter also won the International Chapter of the Year during his presidency.
He developed a lasting relationship with the international Spirit of Innovation (www.conradchallenge.org) positioning the NOVA chapter to be the exclusive Challenge Partner and providing judges for early and secondary rounds. For the last two years, Alex has represented ISSA at the finals at the Kennedy Space Center, bringing ISSA brand recognition to the event. Additionally, Alex created a CISO curriculum for George Mason’s Cybersecurity Master’s program which is still in use today.
Mr. Grohmann currently sits on the IT Sector Coordinating Council (IT-SCC), a body designed to help ensure information security concerns are voiced to Federal Government policymakers. He is also a member of the National Cyberwatch Center (NCC) Information Security Fundamentals Curriculum standards which is creating a security framework to help small and medium-sized businesses manage their own security programs (2016-present). He is a board member of Northern Virginia Community College’s cyber security program advisory committee (2015-present), a member of the National Institute of Standard’s (NIST) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) program (2016-present)
Mr. Grohmann served on the Washington, DC InfraGard board for four years and is a graduate of the respected FBI Citizens’ Academy. He is an active STARS mentor to the state of Virginia’s cybersecurity accelerator, MACH 37. He frequently speaks at events and has been a guest on Washington DC’s Federal News Radio show twice.
Mr. Grohmann was a 2014 recipient of International’s Fellow designation (one of only 89 Fellows globally) and a 2015 Honoree of ISSA’s “Honor Roll.”
Mr. Grohmann is an independent security consultant and his clients range from financial services to energy to healthcare. He has been in technology for over 23 years and information security for the last 15.