Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung

Notes from Newsletter Committee

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

Special shoutout to Andrew Wong for putting this issue together and 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

As the year comes to a close, it's amazing that we still have three more exciting on-site and virtual events coming up in December!

Here's the list of our accomplishments for the year:

  • Won the (ISC)² Global Achievement Award for North America (Special thanks to all our members!)
  • Held our 1st hybrid conference with ISACA NJ (too many volunteers to thank here!)
  • Held our 1st joint meeting with IAPP NJ KnowledgeNet (Special thanks to Decanda!)
  • Created the 1st SECON International conference for (ISC)² Chapter members from across the world (Special thanks to Gio, Tran and Jose!)
  • Held our first cybersecurity cruise. (Special thanks to Jay!)
  • Created a Discord community for both our chapter and chapter leaders throughout the world. (Special thanks to Bryon!)
  • Formalized our mentorship program (Special thanks to Matt and Adam!)
  • Started our Rookie Academy program (Special thanks to Gio!)
  • Held three Happy Hours (Special thanks to Votiro!)
  • Held two picnics (Special thanks to Tran and Mike Melore!)
  • Organized our Holiday Dinner (Special thanks to Jose!)

We have accomplished so much this year and there are so many people to thank for making this all possible! I can't wait to see what we will do next year.

We received a ton of feedback at our last meeting on how to make this chapter even more active! Stay tuned for our 2023 events and initiatives. I highly recommend that you reach out to me if you want to get more active with this community, as that is the best way to get to know your peers and learn from them. You can always reach me here.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


Ken Fishkin  

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome New Chapter Members!

George Papadakis, Joseph Elesho, Bob Rottinger, Heather Raleigh, Rajag Pasupuleti, Noah Fine, James Reed, Melissa Thornton, Juan Morales, Annette Demendonca, and Sachin Patel.

Note for all potential members: Click here to watch a special video from our Welcoming Committee. In this video, they discuss why they love being a member of our chapter. Special thanks to Sammi Fishkin for producing this video!

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Upcoming Events

January 2023 Monthly Meeting

Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Rob Bruder - NJCCIC Chief Operations Officer at State of New Jersey
Narayanan Subramaniam - Senior Manager QA at Uptycs

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February 2023 - Meeting Agenda

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Oliva Rose - Board of Directors at Cyversity
Matthew Wilson - Head of Security Operations & Incident Response at Dun & Bradstreet

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Positions and Opportunities

We have the following volunteer opportunities available:

Click here to volunteer for either our SECON International conference and/or our planning committee for the SECON 2023 conference (scheduled for June 1, 2023).

Not sure what you can offer but want help?

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

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Volunteer or Participate in our CISSP or CC Study Groups

Click here to sign up for either our upcoming CISSP or Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) study groups. You can either be a facilitator or a student.

Dates for these study groups have not been finalized.

Please note: These study groups are not classes. You are expected to be actively studying for these exams and use these study groups to help you pass the exam.

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Current Initiatives

Join Our Discord Server!

We now have over 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, Tran Cheung, Giovanni Mercado, John Linkowsky , Krishna Nekkalapudi, Matthew Lang, Michael LeBlanc, Nikunj Shah, Brett Smith and Saurabh Sagdeo.

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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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Recordings and Slides From Prior Meeting

October Monthly Meeting

See below for last month's meeting recording and presentation:

Richard Dor - recording

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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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