Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung
Welcome to the ISC2 New Jersey Chapter's September 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.
We invite you to send any comments or suggestions to email@example.com.
Message from the President
Now that summer is over, our Chapter is moving full steam ahead. We had two great events this month and next month we have even more. I was so moved to see how many people came to our first ISC2gether Day in the pouring rain. It is a testament to the strength of our community and I am honored to be a part of it. Over the last two months we have made some major additions to the Board and I am already amazed with what they have already accomplished. Stay tuned for more great initiatives and events from our Chapter and say hi to our official mascot, Forrest!
Welcome New Board Members!
We are so excited to announce that we have three new ISC2 New Jersey Chapter Board members!
They have already proven themselves to be fantastic chapter volunteers and we already know that we will be seeing great things from them in the coming year!
Welcome Aboard, New Chapter Members!
Walter Figel, Paul Kaffenberger, Iqra Hina, Todd Emge, Ellen Keefe, Scott Dudenbostel, Sivaprakash Palaniswamy, Zachary Kaston, Maneesh Gogineni, Jennifer Dalle Pazze, Jared Roth, Francisco Urena, Brenda Mbabazi, Anthony Nacco, Ting Cosper, Frank Cresciullo, and Virginia Greenwood
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!
Cyber Pathways Live! - Need Volunteers
In an effort to learn from each other about the various areas within cybersecurity, we will be conducting a series of informal virtual discussions led by experienced Chapter members. This program will start in November and we are actively seeking out members from various careers within cybersecurity.
Volunteer time commitment for mentors: 1/2 hour from 7-8pm in November Volunteer time commitment for coordinators: 3-4 hours from now until the end of the event
If you are interested in participating as either a mentor or as a coordinator, click here to sign up.
Joint meeting with InfraGard NJ
Our partnership with InfraGard NJ has strengthened this year. We had a great number of ISC2 members attending their last meeting, where we learned about the current geo-political climate from local FBI agents. Member Alexandra Tarabour was the moderator for this panel discussion.
Fall Picnic - September
We had a wonderful time during our fall picnic even with the outer bands of tropical storm Ophelia. Over 80 people braved the rain to eat good food, especially the samosas! We had a great time catching up with each other and met many new members, while children were playing cornhole and Jenga! It was quite amazing to see the resilience of our community!
Special thanks to the Picnic Committee for all the work that you did to make it so memorable!
Check out some great photos from the event by clicking here.
This month, ISC2 headquarters asked all the local chapters to participate in their first International Community Service Day, aka "ISC2gether Day". We participated in this event by packaging 125 healthy meal kits for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey while enjoying each other's company at our annual Fall Picnic, right afterwards.
Special thanks to Marie Ivanov for doing the heavy lifting here. She organized the event and collected all the donated food from several supermarkets!
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 taking place October 19th and 20th, 2023. See below for details.
InfraGard NJ - October 2023 Monthly Meeting
Ensuring Resilience: Mastering Business Continuity
Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2023
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Roseland, NJ
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
November 2023 Monthly Meeting
Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Event
ISC2 New Jersey Chapter Holiday Dinner
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Location: The Armory, 200 Front Street Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Cost: $30 for members and $60 for guests/non-members
Click here to register for this amazing event at a beautiful location!
Member Spotlight - Mohamed Brahim
This month, we would like to give a big shout out to Mohamed Brahim! He has been a member since 2021 and has proven to be a phenomenal volunteer. He has been instrumental to the ISC2 New Jersey Chapter's success by maintaining our website and always volunteering for various initiatives.
Thank you, Mohamed for everything you do, and we are very grateful for your service.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
Interview with Shantanu Sharma (member of ISC2 New Jersey Chapter) by Bryon Singh
Bryon: Tell us about yourself. What are your interests, and how did you get into cybersecurity?
Shantanu: I currently hold a PhD in Bioinformatics and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Since earning my degrees, I have been working in financial services, where I identified a significant need for cybersecurity due to the prevalence of cyber fraud. Before embarking on a career in cybersecurity, I founded my own financial company. Working behind the scenes in this venture provided me with valuable experience in the financial industry.
Bryon: On your journey into cybersecurity, what are some certifications you have achieved?
Shantanu: I recently completed my ISC2 Cybersecurity Certification, and I plan to pursue CISSP next. In addition, I have earned various certifications in data analytics, machine learning, and AI.
Bryon: Could you offer some tips and guidance for our members who are pursuing the ISC2 CC or any other certifications that you have completed?
Shantanu: One crucial thing to remember is to evangelize the importance of the code of ethics and principles of cybersecurity. For certification completion and self-study, I utilized resources available through an O'Reilly subscription and Coursera. I highly recommend the O'Reilly subscription, which can be accessed at https://www.oreilly.com/online-learning/pricing.html.
Bryon: What are your next steps in terms of professional development and self-improvement?
Shantanu: I am planning to engage more with the ISC2 NJ Chapter’s mentorship program. Though I haven’t signed up yet, your description of the program has piqued my interest. I will definitely look into it further and reach out to Matt Lang for more information. I will also look into the CISSP bootcamp offering by ISC2 NJ chapter as I am also interested in that certification.
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.
The course textbook is not included, but it is less than $100.
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 9th and December 16th, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
It's the first ISC2 certification that doesn't require previous experience. This course is only available to ISC2 New Jersey Chapter members.
ISC2 New Jersey Chapter 2023 Board of Directors
Recordings and Slides From Prior Meeting
Thank you to our presenters in our September meeting!
Click here to view Adnan's presentation.
We would also like to give a special thanks to KC Udoh for and May Brooks Kempler joining us as well. KC is now on the Board of Trustees for The Center for Cyber Safety at ISC2 and he discussed their new initiatives and May discussed the importance of volunteering and giving back.
Check out their recordings here:
Make sure to check out ISC2's Board of Director Candidates, of which May is one of them!! Click here.