Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung

Welcome to the ISC2 New Jersey Chapter's August 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 thanks to our newest Newsletter Committee members, Sharon Kelly and Patricia Guroff, for supporting this month issue!

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

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Ken's Korner

Message from the President

This summer came and went really fast, as it always does. While I thought we were going to be taking a month of to relax, it seemed that the opposite happened!

Lots of planning is being done for our upcoming events and programs, such as our picnic / community service day, international chapter conference, senior center cyber awareness project and our holiday dinner.

I'm really excited about what we are doing for the last half of the year and our Board members and volunteers have really stepped up their game to give our members such memorable experiences.

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Welcome Aboard!

Welcome Aboard, New Chapter Members!

Jigar Patel, Tasfia Sultana, Johnny Sandaire, George Eliopoulos , Youjee Kim, Stephen Connor, Frank Delgado, and Akash Ramprasad.

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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New Initiatives

Shout Outs

Shout Outs!

This month, Ola Komolafe passed his CISSP exam and Alexander Kohanik passed his Certified in Cybersecurity exam! Way to go, guys!

One of our members from India, Pradeep Nerupati was very persistent in obtaining a student visa to study in the US and is now a graduate student at NJIT!

Let us know if you passed a test, got a promotion or made a career move and we'll give you a shout out!

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Upcoming Events

Fall 2023 Picnic

Our Fall Picnic / Community Service Day has reached our maximum capacity. If you weren't able to sign up for this event, we hope to see you at a future event!

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October 2023 Monthly Meeting

There will be no ISC2 New Jersey Chapter meeting for the month of October due to the Joint Metro Cybersecurity Conference in October.

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InfraGard - October 2023 Monthly Meeting

Ensuring Resilience: Mastering Business Continuity

Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2023
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

Register here.


InfraGard End of the Year Symposium

InfraGard End of the Year Symposium

Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Kean University - 1075 Morris Avenue NJCSTM/STEM Building (STEM Auditorium) Union, NJ 07083

Register here.


November 2023 Monthly Meeting

For our November Monthly Meeting, we'll have Debbie Reynolds – “The Data Diva” and Jeremy Jethro - Red Team and DFIR expert join us.

Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Event

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ISC2 New Jersey Chapter Holiday Dinner

Save the Date!

Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Location: The Armory, 200 Front Street Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

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Volunteer Opportunities

We Need Your Help!

We are pleased to announce another new event that we will be running this year, called "Ask Me Anything". We are looking for mentors (technical and administrative) and coordinators to make this new event a success. Click here to volunteer.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring one of our upcoming events, please reach out to Ken Fishkin at president@isc2chapternj.org.

We currently need sponsors for Happy Hours and conferences.

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Current Initiatives

Join Our Discord Server!

We now have over 320 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.

We are always looking for ideas and volunteers to help make Discord a better and fun place. Please reach out to Bryon Singh at bryon@isc2chapternj.org with ideas or ping him on Discord!

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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Interview with Mauricio Troche (member of ISC2 New Jersey Chapter) by Tatiana Edwards

Tatiana: Tell us about yourself, what are your interests, and how did you get into cyber security?

Mauricio: I've always wanted to be a police detective and after 9/11, my focus became counterterrorism. My goal as a San Diego police officer was to become a detective and join the Threat Management Unit (TMU), who is responsible for investigating threats of mass violence and terrorism and joined the Threat Management Unit. I was employed my entire time in San Diego as a law enforcement officer. That was still going to be my next move, I knew if I made it onto the FBI Cyber Task Force I'd get access to premium training through SANS and other similar organizations, but I wanted to learn what I could so I could hit the ground running and immediately contribute to the team.

Tatiana: What made you decide to move and change direction in your career?

Mauricio: The decision to leave law enforcement and move was actually because we just wanted to be closer to family since the kids were getting older, and so were our parents. I wasn't seeking employment in California outside of my job as a detective. I was additionally employed as an Adjunct Instructor for the police academy, but that was a collateral duty. I was also a hostage/crisis negotiator on the Emergency Negotiation Team, and taught courses focused on the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) program for the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center. I also taught a widely attended course on cryptocurrency and the dark web, which I developed myself and was live streamed to about 400 attendees nationally.

Tatiana: What did you study?

Mauricio: I have years of MOOC/self-taught experience in web and software development, ultimately focusing on Python, JavaScript and Cloud computing. I don't have industry experience since I had a full-time job but I'm hoping that changes real soon with the amount of preparation and certifications I've been acquiring for cybersecurity.

Tatiana: I heard you took the ISC2 Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) exam recently. How was it?

Mauricio: It was definitely tough but I was very happy when I saw I passed. For exam prep I practiced more with multiple choice and T-F questions and would advise everyone to also learn about data visuals.

Tatiana: How long have you been with ISC2?

Mauricio: I checked, and I became a "Candidate" at the end of May 2023. I joined ISC2 New Jersey Chapter in June. I took and passed the ISC2 CC exam at the end of June to become a full member of ISC2.

Tatiana: What do you think of our community?

Mauricio: When I joined the ISC2 New Jersey discord and people heard I was taking the test, I received a lot of great feedback and support from the community. I received different study tips from people on what they used and what worked for them, The LinkedIn course in combination with the ISC2 CC and Google Cybersecurity certificate definitely all helped. The more diversity you have the better coverage you will have when studying for an exam.

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Educational Training

Dirt Cheap CISSP Bootcamp!

Register for our dirt cheap 5-day bootcamp to prepare yourself for the CISSP exam. This bootcamp is only available to ISC2 New Jersey Chapter members.

Dates: October 21st, October 28th, November 4th, November 11th, and November 18th, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Virtual

The course textbook is not included, but it is less than $100.

Register here.


FREE Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) Bootcamp!

Are you new to cybersecurity or haven't gotten your first cybersecurity certification yet? Look no further and register for this FREE 2-day bootcamp to prepare you for the new ISC2 "Certified in Cybersecurity" (CC) exam.

Dates: December 2nd and December 9th, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Virtual

It's the first ISC2 certification that doesn't require previous experience. This course is only available to ISC2 New Jersey Chapter members.

Register here.


Upcoming Presenters

Board of Directors

ISC2 New Jersey Chapter 2023 Board of Directors

Ken Fishkin

Mallik Prasad

Priyanka De Abrew

Education Director:
Jose Lagdameo

Membership Chair:
John Manley

Co-Communications Chair:
Tran Cheung

Co-Communications Chair:
Bryon Singh

Co-Mentorship Chair:
Matthew Lang

Co-Mentorship Chair:
Adam Shuren

Events Planner:
Marie Ivanov

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