Editor-in-Chief: Tran Cheung

Welcome to the ISC2 New Jersey Chapter's June 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 Patricia Guroff and Sharon Kelley 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

It's hard to believe that we are halfway through the year already! I am so proud of what we accomplished so far, especially all the hard work that was done by our conference volunteers! We'll have some fun social activities this summer and then ramp up again with some great educational events.

Our various committees are still very active this summer and we have some great events and programs lined up for the Fall. Stay tuned for some interesting projects, such as an Internship program and our own Podcast Show!

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Welcome Aboard!

Welcome Aboard!

This month we welcomed 28 new members. The chapter continues to expand its reach to security practitioners from around the world.

Great to meet you all and glad you joined us!

Devante Charles, Matthew Fernandez, Jaya Yalamanchili, Diana Despecci, Isabella Masso, Anna Livingston, Mychala Hamilton, Tod Syversen, Manuel Pierre, Rayleen Ramos, Max Garris, Antasia Howard, Madison Jenkins, Darrel Abang, Joe Folk, Desiree Batista, Stephanie Urbanski, Michael Zambotti, Alex Blinder, Vincenzo Anzalone, Kenneth Owusu, Go Charan Kilaru, OLUWOLE FRANKLYN-AYENI, George Hazel, Mitchell Indelicato, Mike Parsons,Jonnieann Hoffman and Ian Schudel

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New Initiatives

Event Recap


SECON NJ 2024 was a tremendous success this year! Thanks to our partnerships with Kean University and the ISACA NJ Chapter, we had over 350 people attend in person and another 50 on our virtual platform, Gathertown!

Alex Velez did an amazing job photographing nearly every presenter here and recapping the conference with this short video.

Some highlights were:
πŸ‘‰ Jay Ferron received our Lifetime Achievement Award
πŸ‘‰40+ volunteers made it all happen
πŸ‘‰ Ira Winkler went on a wonderful discussion (rant) about the craziness of the cybersecurity profession
πŸ‘‰ We ran out of our beach bag/towel SWAG very quickly
πŸ‘‰ By 4pm the auditorium was still full of people when our final keynote, Dr. Erdal Ozkaya gave his phenomenal presentation
πŸ‘‰ Michael C. Redmond showed us how she revamped a major city’s Cybersecurity program
πŸ‘‰ There was standing room only for both Alex Perotti and Jay Ferron's presentations!
πŸ‘‰ Bryon Singh and Joseph Brown were amazing at managing the volunteers!
πŸ‘‰ Our Career Track was a wild success, thanks to Jose Lagdameo Jr., Marjon Rivera, Dale Favia, Terrence H. Seamon and Paul Cecala!

To keep this amazing momentum going we will start planning our SECON INTERNATIONAL conference in the next few months and look forward to more members taking the public speaking plunge!

Congrats to everyone who worked so hard to pull off this amazing event! Our volunteers are the heart of this chapter and we couldn't do it without their help. Step up the next time there is a call for volunteers!

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Shout Outs


Congrats to Marie Wang for obtaining her Certified in Cybersecurity certification!

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Upcoming Events

ISC2 NJ Chapter Firearm Training

Thanks to chapter member and former FBI special agent, Cochi Ho, we have another firearm training event on July 6th. While this event is sold out, We will continue to have these events in the coming months.

Our June Firearm Training Event  

Indoor Go-karts / Axe Throwing

While this upcoming July event sold out in a matter of minutes, take heart! We'll be planning more of these types of events and hope to give everyone a chance to join!

We want to thank our Sponsor IBM for sponsoring this (first of many hopefully) trips to Supercharged in Edison NJ!

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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

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SAVE THE DATE - Capture the Flag Event - October 26th, 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 don't be shy about signing up!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Be an active part of our community!

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

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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

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