Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung

Notes from Newsletter Committee

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

Special shoutout to Derek Allen for putting this issue together!

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

With now over 300 members in our community, we have a great pool of volunteers that are actively contributing to improve our chapter. Many of our guest speakers are now either member referrals or members themselves.

We started a Discord server this month that was completely member driven. We also started Phase One of our Rookie Academy and many members have volunteered to be a part of it.

I am so thankful to all the volunteers who have dedicated their time to make this chapter what it is today!

Ken Fishkin  

Chapter News

New Board Member!

Matt Lang has accepted the board position of Mentorship Chair! Welcome aboard!

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Welcome Aboard!

New Chapter Members!

Welcome William Coleman, Sandip Ghosh, Abdul Rafique, Michael San Filippo, Sameer Algendy, Robert Jones, Mark Moore, Steve Fender and Jody Blanchard!

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New Initiatives

Our Rookie Academy is now live!

We are starting Phase One of our Rookie Academy and I am reaching out to BOTH seasoned and junior professionals to make this program a success!

OUR GOAL: To have an informal setting for junior professionals to ask questions to seasoned professionals from various domains within cybersecurity, so that they can determine if that area is worth pursuing as a career.


  • If you can donate a ½ hour of your time, after hours (we’ll work around your schedule), please click here to fill out the form.


  • This program is ONLY available to either paid members or undergrad students.
  • We will give out the schedule of speakers ahead of time, so that you can plan accordingly.
  • If you want to participate in this program, please click here to fill out the form.

DEADLINE to participate in Phase One: August 15th

Please feel free to reach out to Ken if you have any questions at president@isc2chapternj.org.

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We now have our own Discord Server!

By adding a Discord server to the mix of our communication tools, we now have real-time collaboration between our members 24/7. Within one day, we had 50 members discussing a myriad of topics, such as exam prep, tools, news, home labs, chapter programs and many other topics.

The members of the Discord Committee are Bryon Singh, Bryan Thormann, Tran Cheung, Giovanni Mercado, John Linkowsky , Krishna Nekkalapudi, Matthew Lang, Michael LeBlanc, Nikunj Shah and Saurabh Sagdeo.

Special thanks to Bryon Singh for setting up our server so quickly and being its head administrator!

For those members that want to communicate on a variety of topics between meetings using Discord, just send Ken an email at president@isc2chapternj.org to get the link.

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Upcoming Events

August 2022 - Happy Hour

Votiro is hosting another Happy Hour for our Chapter!

Date:Wednesday, August 24th
Time:5:30 p.m. - 7:30p.m
Date: Stage House Tavern, Somerset, NJ

Click here to register.

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September 2022 - Meeting Agenda

Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2022


Arthur Hedge - Co-founder of Castle Ventures
Richard Dor - ISO 27001 Masterclass (Part 1 of 2) - Senior GRC and Information Security Consultant at Pivot Point Security

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October 2022 - Meeting Agenda

Date: Thursday, October 27th, 2022

Brian Barnier and Prachee Kale – Founders of Think.Design.Cyber.

Nehal Mehta and Dhaval Shah – Founders of Rainbow Secure

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November 2022 - ISO 27001 Masterclass Part 2

ISO 27001 Masterclass (Part 2 of 2)

Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST

Presenter: Richard Dor - Senior GRC and Information Security Consultant at Pivot Point Security

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December 2022 - International (ISC)² Chapter Conference - Save the Date and Call for Papers!

We'll be hosting our 1st International (ISC)² Chapter Conference!

Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Gather.town
Cost: FREE!

If you are interested in speaking at this event, please click here to access our Call for Papers form.

The conference committee consists of leaders from the following chapters: Greece, Israel, Poland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Uganda

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Positions and Opportunities

We have the following volunteer positions and opportunities available:

September Picnic Committee - Click here to become a volunteer for (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter's Fall Picnic Committee.

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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Upcoming Presenters

Meghan Jacquot - WiCyS Mid-Atlantic Affiliate President

Meghan Jacquot is a security engineer with Inspectiv and a curious lifelong learner with a commitment to sharing what she has learned. She is passionate about helping others, speaking at conferences to increase cyber awareness, and is particularly interested in cloud security, threat intelligence, investigating vulnerabilities, and the ethical use of data. She is President of WiCyS Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, Research Board Advisory Member for BBWIC Foundation, OWASP CFP reviewer, Staff at The Diana Initiative, and a SANS CFP Reviewer and CTF creator. To relax you also might see her visiting national parks, gardening, or hanging with her chinchilla. She’s happy to connect with others on LinkedIn, Twitter @CarpeDiemT3ch, and on her CarpeDiemT3ch YouTube channel.

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Jennifer Gold - NY Metro President of Infragard

A successful corporation requires open communication, a positive company culture, well-defined strategy and goals, secure operations, and effective leadership.

As an award-winning technology executive, board advisor, public speaker, and cybersecurity subject matter expert, Jennifer has extensive experience building high-performing global technology organizations that leverage technical programs to mitigate risk, reduce costs, eliminate technical debt, and strengthen resilience, all while enabling the business to innovate securely and increase value for global investors.

Committed to leading with authenticity and empathy, Jennifer inspires people to action and empower them to succeed. By encouraging innovation and being receptive to new ideas and ways of looking at the world, Jennifer firmly believes this philosophy drives success and helps dismantle the silos and barriers that impede business and societal evolution. A philanthropist, Jennifer advocates for public-private partnerships, cybersecurity education, veterans, and national security initiatives. Jennifer presently serves as President and Board Chair of NY Metro InfraGard, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Dave Christensen Director of Information Technology CISSP, CCSA, NDRC, ITSIG, ITSC, INFG-P - NJ President of Infragard

Dave is an experienced technology leader with a hands-on pragmatic approach to solving “complex” problems with teams of any size or location. His work has included software support, hardware support, infrastructure engineering, software engineering, architecture, systems reliability, devops and security. He has a formal education in electronic engineering and electrical systems. Dave is passionate about his work and brings a positive energetic TEAM approach to any challenge. After acquiring the CISSP he has been aggressive about security education and awareness and is helping to manage the FBI InfraGard program in NJ and at a National level with the NDRC.

Working with the NDRC also wrote and edited the latest CIP publication “Powering Through: Building Critical Infrastructure Resilience” on Amazon by Mary Lasky (Author), William Harris (Author), Steve Volandt (Author), David Winks (Author), George Baker (Author), Steve Bieber (Author), Stephen Chill (Author), David Christensen (Author), Bruce Churchill (Author), Richard Krieg (Author)

Dave’s best work is building teams, focused on executing at the highest levels, this is where he excels. No one person is a superstar - everyone is required to be enthusiastic but focused and everyone is required to excel beyond their current skills.

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Dave Solano Managing Consultant at McGuirk USA - Past NY Metro President of Infragard

I.T. Service Management/Project Manager for businesses and applications development & implementation in SMB, Insurance/Financial, Healthcare, Defense/Military businesses. Particularly interested in ITSM/Project Management/Communications & Information Systems/Applications.

Specialties: ITIL Service Management Foundation Certification 3/05, V3 9/2011, Project Management/PMO, CMMI, Applications Development, Investment Banking, Trading, Settlements, Product Control, Financial Control, Human Resources, and Brokerage systems working as Project Manager, Business/Systems Analyst, Technical Leader, and Application Developer.

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Recordings and Slides From Prior Meeting

July Monthly Meeting

See below for last month's meeting recordings and presentations:

Speaker Richard Dor:


Speaker Seth Hammerman:


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Deadline for Newsletter Submission

Our Next Issue Comes Out on Sunday, August 28th!

Submit your news by Sunday, August 21st to make it into next month's newsletter!

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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

Mentorship Chair:
Matthew Lang

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