Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung

Notes from Newsletter Committee

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

Special shoutout to Gio Mercado for editing all of our recordings every month!

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

Message from the President

This month was really a time to reflect and look back on our accomplishments over the past two years. The two events that really showcased our success this month were the launching of our new Rookie Academy Internship Program and our Fall Picnic.

I was so moved by the amount of time and effort that our Rookie Academy Mentors spent with our junior members to discuss their respective field while providing tips on how to break into the cybersecurity field. One mentor spent over two hours with her group fielding questions!

I was also so impressed with how many people donated their time to make our Fall Picnic the success that it was.

Within the past two years, we have taken this organization to a level that was unimaginable. With roughly 350 members now across the globe and so many hard working volunteers, we have build a phenomenal community that is so supportive and giving of their time. I am so humbled to be a part of it.

Ken Fishkin  

Welcome Aboard!

New Initiatives


For those that missed iQ4's ewallet demo at our September meeting, we encourage you to watch it here. This free tool for chapter members only, will help you track and design your cybersecurity career path. If you are interested in receiving this tool or have any questions about it, please send an email to president@ischapternj.org.

iq4 ewallet/Learning and Employment Record  

Picnic Recap

Fall Picnic Recap

Our Fall Picnic was a huge success, thanks to the many volunteers that made it all happen.

Check out all the photos from the event here!

This one was very special as we celebrated our 10 year anniversary and our award for best chapter in North America!

Special thanks to Tran Cheung for coordinating this event!

We upped our game this year with live music from member, Michael Melore, of the Bayshore Sandpipers!

Thanks also, to Bill D'Alia's wife, Michelle, for the awesome homemade (ISC)² trophy cookies to help us celebrate!

Many thanks to these amazing volunteers!
Marie Ivanov, Adam Shuren, Giovanni Mercado, Anjali Nerurkar, Mallik Prasad, John Manley, Matthew Lang, Beth Schreier, Yolanda Baker, Sanina Shen, Nancy E. Jean-Charles, Aneta Klepacka, Prabhakar Kori and Mohamed Brahim!

Celebrating our 10 year anniversary and being the #1 chapter in North America  

Cybersecurity Cruise Recap

Cyber Security Conference at Sea Recap

Many thanks to chapter member, Jay Ferron and his co-worker, Guy Hermann, for organizing our first Cybersecurity Conference on a 5 day Carnival cruise to Bermuda! I (Ken Fishkin), shared an awesome experience with a few of our members that was educational, relaxing and fun! What better way to learn than on a cruise? Some of the educational topics were Auditing with PowerShell, Blockchain Fundamentals and Wireless Security. We'll be doing this again next year, so stay tuned!

We met Brandon Glandt, from Denver on the cruise and after some heavy recruiting tactics from our members, he is now a member! Welcome Brandon!

Click here for pics.

Cyber Security Conference at Sea  

Upcoming Events

November 2022 - Meeting Agenda

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

ISO 27001 Masterclass (Part 2 of 2)

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

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Positions and Opportunities

We have the following volunteer positions and opportunities available:

Click here to assist in facilitating an (ISC)² study group
We need a few volunteers to organize a study group for either the CISSP, CCSP, or another popular (ISC)² exam.

Not sure what you can offer but want to help?

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

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Holiday Social

Current Initiatives

Join the Fun on Our New Discord Server!

We now have over close to 200 members on our 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.

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.

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.

Join us on Discord!  

JuMPstart Mentorship Program (JuMP)

The mission of this mentorship program is to connect cyber security professionals together to make and establish long lasting professional relationships that are mutually fulfilling. This includes mature cyber security professionals, students, career changer or anyone looking to grow!

For more information about the JuMP program, click here.

We are excited to announce that we have launched our Series 4 program using our new Discord Server! Series 4 is running October 2022 through February 2023.

Over the next 6 months our mentors and mentees will be busily scheduling to meet each other and making wonderful connections that contribute to making this chapter what it is.

As a committee we have been making sure all the mentorship participants have the information needed to help make meaningful connections and as always we will be requesting feedback to make sure we can implement changes that improve and match our members needs.

If you have any questions or want to know more information about the JuMP program, please reach out to the Mentoring Committee at mentoring@isc2chapternj.org. To make sure you are not missing any emails from the program, please also add mentoring@isc2chapternj.org to your contact list to allow our communications to make it through your inbox filters.

JuMPstart Mentorship Program  

Rookie Academy

Last week, we successfully finished our first part of our Rookie Academy Internship Program!

It involved having our more experienced members giving informal Q&As on Discord about various topics related to their specific job, career or any other topic. Some talks went on for over two hours! We'll be conducting more of these informal talks in the months to come.

Katherine Birkland said:

The Rookie Academy "talk with an expert" was a fantastic event. I got answers to questions I didn't know to ask!

Special thanks to Gio Mercado for coordinating this program!

Thank you mentors for donating your time!
Alex Waintraub, Angel Cortez, Adam Levin, Bryan Hricay, Bryon Singh, Christopher Callahan, Dan Torres, Gina Pierson, Jian Gong, John Linkowsky, Juergen Heberling, Mark Schleisner, Rob Bruder, Sharon Kelley, Shehzad Mirza and Yash Shah

Q&A session on Discord  


Educational Training

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

Recordings and Slides From Prior Meeting

September Monthly Meeting

See below for last month's meeting recordings and presentations:
Arthur Hedge - recording
Richard Dor - recording

Arthur Hedge - Let’s Collaborate on Teams; Oh my God, what have we done - presentation

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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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