Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung
Welcome to the ISC2 New Jersey Chapter's January 2024 Issue!
Our goal is to provide the cybersecurity community with monthly New Jersey Chapter news, upcoming events and initiatives, as well as timely and relevant articles from our dedicated member volunteers.
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our Newsletter Committee members supporting the monthly publications for 2024:
Tran Cheung - Co-Communications Chair / Editor-in-Chief
Bryon Singh - Co-Communications Chair
Ken Fishkin - President
Sharon Kelley - Co-Membership Chair
Patricia Guroff - Member
Andrew Wong - Member
Aaron Kraus - Volunteer Member
Special thanks to Aaron Kraus and Patricia Guroff for supporting this month's publication!
We invite you to send any comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message from the President
Our first monthly meeting had record breaking attendance, which was a great way to start off 2024! I am already amazed with how much we have planned for this year and I know there is so much already in the works. This year, we have so many great social events and programs lined up, I can't wait to see them come to fruition.
Our most ambitious project this year will be an internship for our members to assess the security needs of small, local non-profit organizations. Our target timeframe to launch this program is this summer. Stay tuned for more information as we work out the details!
Welcome Aboard, New Chapter Members!
Reggie Alford, Harry Mehta, Philip Wells, Jomin Joseph, Adam Moholkar, Ali Khraibani, Fuad Hamidli, Earvin Ekpo, Frank Olavarrieta, Serenity Smile, Chaitanya Kadimisetty, Fatima Williams, Doug Reagan, Debbie Christofferson, Megan Jaindl, Jasmin Morin, Sydney Branch, Mayank Chourasia, Vincenzo Anzalone, Karthik Subramanian, Vivek Kumar, Charles Allen, Auborn Abiera, Andrew Lascar, and Aaron Kraus.
January Monthly Meeting Recap
We had some great conversations at our January monthly meeting! We started with Felicita J Sandoval MSc., CFE, an AI and Data Privacy Researcher, who spoke about AI and the Governance, Risk and Compliance challenges that come with this emerging technology.
She was followed by our Board member, Samantha Snellen who shared her unique story with us on how she transitioned from the healthcare industry into cybersecurity. We are so proud of her!
Go to the end of this newsletter for the recordings.
SAVE THE DATE! - Incident Response Tabletop Exercise with IAPP and NJ Bar Association
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2024
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
ISC2 New Jersey Chapter March 2024 Meeting
Speaker: Jay Ferron , Board Member, New York ISSA. Topic: NIST CSF
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2024
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Event
ISC2gether Day 2024 - Community FoodBank of New Jersey - SOLD OUT
Our community service day for 2024 at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is SOLD OUT! Thank you to all who have registered!
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Community FoodBank of New Jersey, 31 Evans Terminal Road #1, Hillside, NJ 07205
Mentor Interview: Edwin Brockner, FIP, CISSP-ISSAP (A Mentor of our Mentorship Program) by Bryon Singh
Bryon: Tell me about yourself?
Ed: Initially, while pursuing my bachelor's degree in information technology, I interned at an accounting, tax, and advisory firm in a help desk/junior systems administration role. I was later brought on full-time. After I started earning certifications like CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+, and passing the ISC2's CISSP, I was recruited by the firm's cybersecurity and privacy advisory arm and became a senior associate. In this position, I gained diverse experience, from conducting ITGC and ITAC assessments to performing external penetration tests and enhancing privacy programs. Subsequently, I joined Valley Bank as a Senior Privacy Analyst, where I monitor compliance with privacy regulations and perform privacy impact assessments, recommending mitigation plans for identified risks.
Bryon: What are you currently working on, aside from your certification collection?
Ed: I've recently completed my last course for my master's degree in privacy law and cybersecurity from Seton Hall University's School of Law. This program is designed for non-lawyers who would benefit from advanced legal knowledge and problem-solving skills. I'm keeping the door open to pursuing a Juris Doctor degree in the future, so I'm studying for the LSAT. As of January, I joined the IAPP's New Jersey Chapter as a co-chair for the 2024 and 2025 terms. There, I'll be working with other co-chairs to organize educational and networking events focused on privacy. I also mentor when I find the opportunity.
Bryon: You are part of our mentorship program. How is that going?
Ed: I started as a mentee and eventually transitioned to a mentor because no matter how long you've been in the field, someone can always benefit from your experience and/or insight. As a mentee, I gained an outside perspective from professionals in the information security field, which helped me refine my career goals and improve my resume. As a mentor, I enjoy offering my thoughts and guidance, especially on effective communication with peers and managers, something I used to struggle with significantly.
Bryon: What was your most challenging certification?
Ed: I don't think there's a 'most challenging' certification, as each has its own unique aspects. However, the designation I value most for my line of work is the IAPP's Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP). It requires passing two different certification exams, documenting relevant work experience, crafting a personal statement, and submitting three letters of recommendation from peers familiar with your work.
Bryon: What were your study methods like?
Ed: I had poor study habits in high school and college. So, when preparing for certification exams, I learned how to study effectively and now have a structured method derived from medical students' habits. I read through the recommended material, whether it's an official study guide or a book. Instead of summarizing or highlighting as I read, I create numerous flashcards on specific topics using the Anki app. Flashcards, along with practice questions, are ideal for active recall/active retrieval study methods. I practice with the flashcards until the exam date is close, then focus on practice questions to mentally prepare. Generally, I avoid videos or re-reading.
Bryon: What was your exam experience like, and what could you have focused on more post-exam?
Ed: I enjoy taking certification exams because they offer a unique mix of anxiety and anticipation. The uncertainty of not knowing the exact nature of the questions adds to the challenge, but it's manageable once I'm in the chair. In hindsight, I would study a bit less for the exams because at some point, diminishing returns kick in on studying.
Join Our Discord Server!
We now have over 380 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. Looking for a job or for some advice on bettering yourself on the job? find it here !
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 looking for 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.