Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung

Welcome to the ISC2 New Jersey Chapter's May 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.

Special thanks to Sharon Kelley and Aaron Kraus for supporting this month's publication!

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

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Ken's Korner

Message from the President

Now that our amazing Spring Picnic is over, our conference committee is focusing 100% of their time towards our annual SECON NJ Conference. This year, we are planning to have more speakers and more attendees than ever before. I am so humbled by the number of people who want to volunteer their time to make this conference a success. If you are able to come, please check out our Career Track, as it is even better than last year. Big shout out to Stan Mierzwa and Kean University for hosting our conference for the third year in a row!

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Welcome Aboard!

Welcome Aboard!

This month we welcomed 32 new members. The chapter continues to expand its reach to security practitioners from around the world, including new members like Dvir from South Africa and Laila from Morocco!

Great to meet you all and glad you joined us!

Dvir Geva, Frank Tiano, Prabha Jha, Matthew Scasny, Paul Murphy, Vawens Exil, Roland Wilson, Michael Potters, Allen Ureta, Doug Tomaro, Gerard Louis, Nicholas Bruno, Murthy Kedarsetty, Melissa Pagnotta, Chris Ikhiede, Cornel Schuler, Lauren Guillen, David Puentes, Radzhiv Valiev, Jeremy Burrell, Nehal Mehta, Eric Geib, Zain Nasir, Laila Fetjah, Hiten Parikh, Qamar Abbas Vakil, Christopher Herring, Brian Nicholas, Manali Shah, Marie Wang, Ahmed Abdulai, and Raghav Khurana.

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New Initiatives

Event Recap

Spring Picnic!

Our spring picnic was an amazing success, most especially due to the lack of rain! We had over 100 members join; for some it was their first in person event and we were all very happy to meet our new members, now our new friends!

Check out pictures of the picnic here.

And video here.

Many thanks to these amazing volunteers! Marie Ivanov, Anicee Monfleury, Mallik Prasad, Matthew Lang, Aneta Klepacka, Sharon Kelley, Jon Rusek, Tran Cheung, Ashutosh Mehta, Alexandra Velez, Jose Lagdameo, and of course Ken Fishkin!

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May 2024 Monthly Meeting Recap!

Mira Olson– Privacy Architect at DoorDash
Recording can be found here

David Hutchens – Learn how story telling can be a management skill.
Recording can be found here

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Shout Outs


Congrats to our members who recently passed their security exam!

Andrew Haratine for passing his CISSP
Daniel Bzura for passing his CISSP
Alex Velez for passing her SSCP
Samantha Snellen for passing her Security+

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Upcoming Events

ISC2 NJ Chapter Firearm Training - June 15th, 2024

Thanks to Cochi Ho, Former FBI Agent and his retired law enforcement friends, ISC2 will be having another firearm training session. While this event is sold out, we will continue to periodically have these training sessions.

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No June 2024 ISC2 Chapter Monthly Meeting

June Meeting Note: There will be no monthly chapter meeting in June, since SECON is scheduled for that month. Please use the link above under the SECON New Jersey 2024 section to register. See you there (virtually or in person)!

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SAVE THE DATE - NY Metro Joint Cybersecurity Conference - October 10th, 2024

NY Metro Joint Cybersecurity Conference.

The 2024 NY Metro Joint Cyber Security Conference will be held on October 10th, celebrating our 11th year featuring keynotes, panels and sessions aimed at educating everyone on the various aspects of information security and technology. Workshops featuring in-depth extended classroom-style educational courses to expand your knowledge and foster security discussions will take place the same day.

Call for Speakers


SAVE THE DATE - Capture the Flag Event - October 25th, 2024

ISC2 NJ Chapter will be holding its first Capture the Flag event at St. Peter's University. Look out for more details in the coming months. This will be an entry-level event, so everyone who wants to participate can.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Be an active part of our community!

SECON volunteers, sign up here. We are looking for volunteers to provide floor support.

Education Committee volunteers, sign up here.

Do you have an idea for a committee or a volunteer opportunities? Would you like to help with admin items such as calendar maintenance, website updates or graphics? Send us an email at either president@isc2chapternj.org or membership@isc2chapternj.com


Sponsorship Opportunities

Current Initiatives

Join Our Discord Server!

We now have roughly 500 members on our Discord Server!

We are looking for 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!

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 president@isc2chapternj.org 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.

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Educational Training


Board of Directors

ISC2 New Jersey Chapter 2024 Board of Directors

Ken Fishkin - President@isc2chapternj.org

Mallik Prasad - Secretary@isc2chapternj.org

Priyanka De Abrew - Treasurer@isc2chapternj.org

Education Chair:
John Linkowsky - Education@isc2chapternj.org

Co-Membership Chair:
Sharon Kelley - Sharon@isc2chapternj.org

Co-Membership Chair:
Samantha Snellen - Samantha@isc2chapternj.org

Co-Communications Chair:
Tran Cheung - Communications@isc2chapternj.org

Co-Communications Chair:
Bryon Singh - Bryon@isc2chapternj.org

Co-Mentorship Chair:
Matthew Lang - Mentoring@isc2chapternj.org

Co-Mentorship Chair:
Adam Shuren - Adam@isc2chapternj.org

Events Planner:
Marie Ivanov - marie@isc2chapternj.org