Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung
Welcome to the ISC2 New Jersey Chapter's November 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 are thrilled to announce that this 40th issue marks our 3rd anniversary of our newsletter! A heartfelt thank you to our amazing subscribers, contributors, and supporters who have been with us on this incredible journey. Special thank you to the amazing volunteers supporting the Newsletter Committee over the years and for being an integral part of our success.
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Message from the President
We had a couple of great events this month between our gun training and our monthly meeting and next month will be even better. I can't believe how many events we still have before the year is over.
Lately, I have been so impressed with the level of active participation from both our new board members and chapter members. It is also wonderful to see how well our programs and events are maturing, such as our mentoring and elder fraud programs as well as our Holiday Dinner and SECON International Conference!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US!
A Day at the Shooting Range
Thanks to Cochi Ho, several members had a great time at the American Legion in Orangeburg, NY, getting some target practice in and learning how to use pistols safely. More of these opportunities are coming soon for our members.
Senior Center Outreach
After weeks of preparation, both ISC2 New Jersey Chapter members, delivered two amazing presentations to this underserved community.
Alex even demonstrated criminal voice cloning techniques in their presentation, to show them the power of AI.
Their initiative greatly improved our Chapter’s Elder Fraud Outreach Program with a new presentation designed specifically for the Hispanic community, along with fun handouts! Check out their Wordsearch!
If you know of a senior population in New Jersey that is need of being educated about the latest cyber crimes, please reach out to us.
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
To guarantee a seat for this event, register by Wednesday, 11/21 by clicking here for this amazing event at a beautiful location!
New Member Welcome Meeting
We are now providing our new members with an orientation (welcome) meeting, where they can learn about all the benefits of the chapter and ask questions. Our new membership co-chairs, Sharon and Sam will be running this virtual welcome meeting prior to each monthly chapter meeting.
Click here to register for our next meeting. Our next Zoom welcome meeting will be Thursday, December 14th at 6pm. The meeting will last approximately 20 minutes and will be recorded and sent to new members who weren't able to join.
You can click here to watch last month's welcome meeting!
Join Our Discord Server!
We now have over 350 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.
Our Discord Server is a dynamic hub for job seekers, offering firsthand job opportunities in various IT and Cyber positions from chapter members. It's also a resource for members seeking internships, aiming to enhance their skill sets, or wanting to share resumes for reviews and feedback, including interview skills assistance. In addition to our website and newsletter, we announce upcoming events through Discord Server notifications. You'll receive regular reminders, so you won’t miss out on our engaging events! Moreover, our mentorship program is hosted on Discord, facilitating interaction with mentors during your cohort.
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.
We are always looking for ideas and volunteers to help make Discord a better and fun place. Please reach out to Bryon Singh at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Interview with Audy Batista (member of ISC2 New Jersey Chapter) by Bryon Singh
Bryon: Tell me about yourself?
Audy: I hold an Associate's Degree in Electrical Technology from Bronx Community College and several prominent certifications, including CISSP, CISM, CCSP, CYSA+, and ITIL. I am actively involved with organizations such as the ISACA NJ Chapter, Toastmasters International, and ISC2 New Jersey Chapter. Professionally, I serve as the VP of Security Operations at Thrive Networks and contributes as a mentor for ISC2 Volunteer Work. My core cybersecurity skills include Security Engineering, Incident Response and Management, Network Security, as well as Team Leadership and Development. Outside of work, I enjoy watching movies and spending time with my three young daughters. A unique personal detail about me is that I have a twin sister.
Bryon: What made you want to get into Cyber Security?
Audy: I have been working in IT since 1996, starting with older versions of Windows like NT in administration, then moving into networking in the 2000s with design and implementation, and later transitioning into IT management with managed service providers. I officially got into cyber security in the last few years. It seems I had already been involved in similar roles, developing a strong interest in security operations, management, and incident response. My years of experience naturally led me into incident response.
Bryon: What made you join the ISC2 New Jersey Chapter?
Audy: I knew John Manley previously, and then learned that he was part of the ISC2 New Jersey. He told me more about the chapter, and coincidentally, I started working at the same company he was already at.
Bryon: What made you want to be a part of the Mentorship program as a Mentor?
Audy: I find that mentoring allows me to share my experience with others. Interestingly, only about 20% of my discussions are about cybersecurity; most of the time, I mentor people on soft skills and career navigation. I also follow up with mentees to see their progression and offer further assistance.
Bryon: What certifications are you currently working on and what tips would you recommend?
Audy: I am studying for the Akalayde A/CCRF certification, which tests theoretical knowledge of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) and its practical application in organizations. This certification gives me a different perspective on the framework, explaining its origin and original purpose. I also recommend the Security+ for fundamentals. If you're interested in security operations, the CYSA+ is beneficial. Additionally, Network+ is vital for understanding networks and communication between various devices, systems, and applications.
Bryon: What encouragement do you have for members and potential new members to join the mentorship program?
Audy: Knowledge is limited to one's exposure, and the only dumb questions are the ones you don’t ask. Joining the mentorship program provides exposure to scenario-based discussions relevant to the career path one wishes to pursue. It can help individuals find and target more specific areas in cybersecurity, which is a very broad field.
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.
Recordings and Slides From Prior Meeting
November 2023 Monthly Meeting Recap!
We also got back to our 10-minute breakout sessions where the question of the month was "how do you learn?" We'd love to hear how you learn!