Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung

Notes from Newsletter Committee

Welcome to the (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter's February 2022 issue!

Our goal is to provide the cybersecurity community with monthly New Jersey Chapter news, upcoming events and initiatives, and timely and relevant articles from our dedicated member volunteers.

We invite you to send any comments or suggestions to communications@isc2chapternj.org.

Newsletter Committee

Tran Cheung, Andrew Haratine, Andrew Wong, and Derek Allen  

Ken's Korner

Ken's Korner

February has been an exceptionally busy month for us, between holding our first CISSP bootcamp, while planning for future programs and events!

We are actively planning our SECON 2022 conference (hybrid), Rookie Academy and we're kicking off another series of our JuMPstart Mentorship Program (JuMP). Since we have such dedicated volunteers, I know that these events and initiatives will be huge successes!

Thank you all for making this organization what it is today!

Ken Fishkin  

Welcome Aboard!

New Chapter Members!

Welcome Sofia Kokolis, Kaarthick Subramanian, Adam Levin, Hitesh Savjani, Nelson Lubinda and Sharysse Frasco!

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Upcoming Events

April 2022 - Meeting Agenda

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022


Nishant Bhajaria – Director of Privacy Engineering at Uber and author of "Data Privacy: A Runbook for Engineers"

Member Panel – Our members discuss their first job in cybersecurity

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May 2022 - SECON 2022 Conference

SECON 2022 is coming, so save the date!

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: Physical and Virtual Event

Save the date for our annual security conference!
This year, we are partnering with both ISACA New Jersey Chapter and Kean University!

It will be virtual as well at Gather, for those that can't attend in person!

So far, we have a fantastic lineup of speakers this year and we're not done yet!

Rahul Bhardwaj - CISO APAC at Kroll
Anthony Zissimos - Cybersecurity Advisor for CISA
Gurdeep Kaur - CISO at PSE&G
Sofia Kokolis, CISSP - CISO at Freedom Mortgage Corp.
Sharon Kelley - Director of Information Security and Compliance at Hudson
Robert V. Jones - Founder - PReSafe Technologies
Niloufer Tamboly - Risk Management Specialist at Verizon
Hector Morales - Cyber Architecture Design Manager at the FAA
Michelle Schaap - Attorney at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi
Jose Lagdameo Jr. - ASIA BISO at Prudential Financial
Black Hills Information Security - Backdoors and Breaches Game!
Thomas Ryan - Founder of the Security Mindset Club
Rafal Los - Producer of Down the Security Rabbithole
John Checco - Resident CISO
Brandon Pugh - Cybersecurity & Emerging Threats Policy Counsel at R Street
Kapil Bareja - Global Technical Manager at Saviynt

SECON 2022  

June 2022 - Picnic

Picnics are coming back, so save the date!

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Time: TBD
Location: Alvin Williams Park, Woodbridge, NJ

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June 2022 - Meeting Agenda

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022


David Spark – Producer/Co-host of CISO Series and Defense in Depth Podcasts

Panel discussion on privacy (topic is TBD)

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July 2022 - Meeting Agenda

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2022


Meghan Jacquot - President of the Mid-Atlantic chapter for Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS)
Richard Dor, Sr. GRC Consultant at Pivot Point Security will be discussing the changes with the updated ISO 27001 Standard.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Positions and Opportunities

We have the following volunteer positions and opportunities available:

Virtual Conference - Click here to become a virtual conference volunteer. We need a few members to help facilitate our SECON 2022 virtual conference.

Rookie Academy Committee - Click here to be part of a committee that will build a roadmap for our members that are new to the cybersecurity profession.

Not sure what you can offer but want help?

Please reach out to Ken Fishkin at president@isc2chapternj.org.

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Current Initiatives

NYU and (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter

The (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter and the New York University Tandon School of Engineering have formed a partnership to further educational and credentialing opportunities for students and the cybersecurity community.

In addition to participating in NYU Tandon events, lectures, career fairs, and other professional development activities, (ISC)² will offer students a full membership completely free giving them access to a network of local industry leaders. As part of the agreement, (ISC)² members can sign up for The NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) mailing list to stay current with research and events featuring leading faculty and industry partners at www.cyber.nyu.edu.

In collaboration with industry partners on the NYU Tandon Advisory Council, NYU Tandon School of Engineering will offer an astounding scholarship to (ISC)² members regardless of their country of residence.

The NYU Cyber Fellowship program is an elite, highly-technical Cybersecurity Master's Degree extends qualifying students with a scholarship that covers 75% of their tuition for the 10-course, part-time program. Additionally, the partnership will present a 15% off tuition to other online or on-campus graduate degree programs. As member-students will also be able to access networking and mentorship events with the (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter.

NYU Tandon has open enrollment for members looking to apply to NYU Cyber Fellows for the Fall or Spring semesters. There is NO GRE required (graduate admission guidelines apply) and they have also streamlined the application process which only takes 15 minutes with a decision in 15 days. Simply:

  1. Gather a Resume, a Statement of Purpose (250 words), an unofficial Transcripts, name two References
  2. Start application
  3. Enter application fee waiver code (worth $90) NYUTO21
  4. Choose MS in Cybersecurity, part-time program, and answer YES to the question about 'applying for Cyber Fellows’
  5. Review and Finalize - “SUBMIT”

To learn more about enrollment or if you have any questions, please contact tandon.online@nyu.edu. You can also call (646) 997-3623.

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Member Contributions

Upcoming Presenters

Recordings and Slides From Prior Meeting

February Monthly Meeting

Dr. Baljeet Malhotra held a talk this month about conducting an API Risk Assessment through Software Composition Analysis


Click here to access previous meeting recordings.

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Board of Directors

(ISC)² New Jersey Chapter 2022 Board of Directors

Ken Fishkin

Mallik Prasad

Priyanka De Abrew

Education Director:
Jose Lagdameo

Membership Chair:
John Manley

Communications Chair:
Tran Cheung

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