Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung
Notes from the Newsletter Committee
Welcome to the (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter's February 2023 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.
Special shout-out to Derek Allen for putting this issue together and Gio Mercado for editing all of our recordings every month!
We invite you to send any comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message from the President
Even though it's been so cold this month, our Chapter has been extremely active.
In this month alone, we accomplished the following:
- Broke our meeting attendance record, as we discussed the life of a CISO and the challenges of ChatGPT in Higher Education
- Educated seniors on the latest Internet scams with NJ InfraGard
- Achieved a new milestone of 400 Chapter members!
Coming this spring, we'll be offering (ISC)² exam scholarships to our members.
I'm so happy to see that this year is starting off spectacularly. Hope you can participate in some of our upcoming events!
Welcome New and Renewed Chapter Members!
Jonathan Gonzalez, Moryka Brown, Barbara Grant, Joe Santiago, Matt Gross, Miguel Angulo, Henry Middlezong, Miguel Jimenez, Rob Origlio, Ngozika Chikwendu, Dan Ingling, Franklin Pavon, Ryan Connolly, Alex Sharpe, Patricia Guroff, David Solano, Philipp Blume, and Nantiepe Kolani.
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!
Educating Our Senior Community
This month, (ISC)2 New Jersey Chapter teamed up with NJ InfraGard to educate the SIlverwoods senior living center on how to protect themselves against the latest phone and internet scams through some fun reenactments.
Click here to watch Tran and Nat reenact a grandparent scam!
We’ll be asking for volunteers soon to help us educate other senior living centers.
Tran and Ken had the pleasure of working with InfraGard Board Members, Nat Jackson and Cochi Ho, as well as the FBI Coordinator for NJ InfraGard, Dustin Doyle and Special Agent - Elder Fraud Coordinator, Sean McCarthy.
This year, we will start giving out scholarships to those in financial need and meet our eligibility criteria.
While we are still working out the details for our scholarship program, eligible receipts would receive either a free (ISC)2 exam and/or a voucher to pay for the first year of your Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) towards (ISC)2's new "Certified in Cybersecurity" certification. (A $50 savings.)
If you would like to apply for a scholarship and are a NJ ISC2 Chapter member in good standing, please fill out this form.
Public Speaking Workshop
Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Event
All (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter members are welcome to join us for this free public speaking program that will be held on a monthly basis.
Practical Defense Workshop
Date: Thursday, March 23rd, 2023
Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Virtual Event
Learn the basics of email spoofing mitigation techniques with Shehzad Mirza.
March 2023 Monthly Meeting
Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual - Gather.town
Presenter: Scott Goodwin - Principal Cybersecurity & Privacy Advisory at PFK O'Connor Davis LLP will give us an update on the CMMC certification.
We will also have multiple simultaneous roundtable discussions for the second half of the meeting.
Networking Happy Hour 2023
Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2023
Time: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Brown Stone in Metuchen, NJ
Join Pondurance and (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter for and outdoor networking event at The Brown Stone! Enjoy the spring weather with drinks, delicious appetizers. Mix and mingle with other security professionals in beautiful Metuchen. We can’t wait to see you!
Community Service Day 2023
We are having our community service day for 2023 at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
This event is now at full capacity. Thank you all for those that have registered. Due to its popularity, we are considering to hold this event again towards the end of the year.
April 2023 Monthly Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
SECON New Jersey 2023
The (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter, ISACA NJ Chapter, and Kean University are proud to announce our annual conference, SECON 2023, to be held at Kean University in Union, NJ on June 1, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A virtual option is also available for those that are not in the NJ area or cannot attend in-person.
We are thrilled to announce that our Chapter's Past President, Niloufer Tamboly will be our keynote speaker!
The rest of the conference agenda has not been finalized yet.
Event: SECON NJ 2023
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Kean University, 1075 Morris Avenue, NJCSTM/STEM Building, Union, NJ 07083
Virtual Location: gather.town
Volunteer Positions and Opportunities
Not sure what you can offer but want help?
Please reach out to Ken Fishkin at email@example.com.
JuMPstart Mentorship Program (JuMP)
We are thrilled to provide you with an update on our mentoring program for the (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter. Our program has been performing the JuMP program and has also been pursuing other avenues of engaging our membership such as peer networking, 1-on-1 meetups and roundtables.
The current series of our JuMP mentoring program began in September of 2022, and is continuing through the end of March 2023.
We have also seen a significant increase in engagement among our members, with many mentees becoming more involved in our chapter's events and activities. The mentoring program has helped to create a more vibrant and supportive community for our members.
To sign up for the next series in our mentorship please fill out this form here. We expect to launch in May or June 2023 and run for that same five-month length as the previous series.
We are growing the team that supports all these efforts and have had wonderful engagement and reach out for people wanting to volunteer. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or find Matthew Lang on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewlangnj/.
Thank you for your continued support of our chapter and our mentoring program.
The Mentorship Committee
Join Our Discord Server!
We now have over 250 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 email@example.com 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.
Grand Canyon University and (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter Partnership
We are proud to present to our fellow chapter members a new partnership we formed with Grand Canyon University!
Grand Canyon University’s Educational Alliance Participant (EAP) program provides a no-cost, non-exclusive opportunity to support your valued employees’ growth by helping them earn a degree, certificate or take a single course with scholarship benefits.
EAP partnership benefits:
- 10% off tuition scholarship on the degree or single course
- Attend class 100% online with over 250 programs from which to choose
- Ongoing support from a local counselor, plus free online tutoring, technical support and more
If you’re interested in learning more about this program, you can reach out directly to Lara Bogner by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-247-4608.
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.
To learn more about this program, click here.
Scott Goodwin, Principal – Cybersecurity & Privacy Advisory PKF O’Connor Davies Advisory, LLC
Scott is a team member within PKF O’Connor Davies’ (PKFOD) Business Advisory Group and a Principal in the Cybersecurity & Privacy Advisory practice. He has extensive experience across a wide variety of technical areas including vulnerability and risk assessment, and infrastructure / application penetration testing. In addition, Scott has been working with prime and subcontractors to the Department of Defense since 2015, developing compliance-focused capabilities including RMF, NIST 800-171, and CMMC assessment, information security program development and implementation, and fractional CISO services.
Scott has achieved his Practical Network Penetration Tester (PNPT), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), and Wireless Professional (OSWP) certifications, and has uncovered several previously unidentified vulnerabilities in commercial software during client penetration testing engagements and research (CVE-2018-11628, CVE-2019-7004, CVE-2019-19774, CVE-2020-12679, CVE-2020-13998, CVE-2020-5132, CVE-2021-27032, CVE-2021-38157). These vulnerabilities were registered with MITRE and assigned Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) numbers to enable information sharing within broader security community.
Scott’s experiences in both the technical and compliance realms of information security give him a unique and valuable perspective on security program development and implementation.
Recordings and Slides From Prior Meeting
February 2023 Monthly Meeting
See below for February 2023 meeting recordings:
Olivia Rose, former CISO at Amplitude and Mailchimp
ChatGPT and its impact on Higher Education
Olivia Rose - CISO & Owner, Rose CISO Group
Dr. Pauline Mosley - Pace University
Dr. Suman Kalia - St. Peter's University
Stan Mierzwa - Asst. Director, Kean University
Ed Moskal - Assoc. Professor, St. Peter's University
Board of Directors
(ISC)² New Jersey Chapter 2023 Board of Directors
Priyanka De Abrew