Membership Meeting: September 25, 2019

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Topic: .govCAR: Threat Based Cyber Capability Review

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) developed the .govCAR methodology to take a threat-based approach to cybersecurity risk management. .govCAR represents an evolution in managing cybersecurity —an advancement from the traditional consequence (compliance) and vulnerability (cyber hygiene) based approaches. This next-generation approach looks at cybersecurity capabilities the same way an adversary does to directly identify areas where mitigations should be applied for best defense. .govCAR creates opportunities for organizations to make their own threat-informed risk decisions and develop a prioritized approach to reducing risk to known threats. .govCAR is vendor agnostic and does not evaluate specific vendors or products.

The speaker will walk the audience through the concept of threat based architecture reviews and will discuss how cybersecurity threat framework and architectural cybersecurity capabilities come together to allow organizations to improve their cybersecurity posture.

Speaker: Branko S. Bokan, Department of Homeland Security

Branko Bokan is a Cybersecurity specialist with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In his role, Branko assists federal agencies to adopt the .govCAR methodology. A proud holder of all three ISC2 CISSP concentrations (ISSAP, ISSEP, ISSMP), Branko also teaches cybersecurity as an adjunct professor at a local university.

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Please Note:

  • Deadline to register is September 23rd at 5 PM.
  • Chapter & ISSA member’s ticket: FREE
  • Guest tickets: $15 if registered by 5 PM on September 23rd. Otherwise, $20 at the door (cash or credit card). Refunds available until September 23rd at 5pm.


5:15 – 5:45 Chapter Business Meeting

6:00 – 7:30 Speaker and Q&A


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CISSP Study Group

Spring 2020

ISSA Central Maryland is pleased to announce the opening of registration for our Spring 2020 session of the CISSP Study Group.  As you may know, we conduct these study groups twice a year (Spring and Fall) in order to provide access to high-quality, low-priced resources to further the Information Security profession, and help our community members meet the compliance requirements outlined in DoD 8570.01.  At just $450.00, our study group sessions are highly affordable even for those who are not reimbursed for educational expenses.

Dates:           Tuesday nights February 18, 2020 thru May 19, 2020 (14 weeks)

Time:            5:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Where:        UMBC Training Center, 6996 Columbia Gateway Drive,Columbia, MD

Cost:            $450.00
Discounts available for employees of chapter sponsors.

Text:              CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, 8th Edition by Shon Harris and Fernando Maymi.. Available on via this link.

The registration fee includes attendance at the study group, copies of the presentations, other materials, and dinner!  NOT INCLUDED are the cost of the textbook and the CISSP exam.

Reasons you should join our study group:

  1. Great instructors. Many of our instructors were pioneers in the information security field and personally worked with some of the people we read about in our textbook
  2. Low cost. Much more economical than most Boot Camps or even other comparable study groups.
  3. Group dynamics of a live, instructor-led study group
  4. Time for things to sink in. This is not a one-week boot camp.  We want you to learn, not cram.
  5. It’s a night you don’t have to cook! We typically bring in pizza, Subway, Uno’s, Jimmy John’s, and such, so you don’t have to eat before or after you get here.
  6. Hang out with other smart people. J Meet and make friends with other people who are serious about advancing their careers.  Enjoy intelligent conversation on topics of interest to you.
  7. Meet new people working in your industry. Network for recruiting or collaborative purposes.
  8. Earn CPEs. Already have another certification?  This will likely count toward CPEs for existing certs.
  9. Structure. A physical class imposes a little external discipline to your study schedule.  A little peer pressure to keep up with the group can be a good thing.  Some people want to go at a slower pace, but most of us need a little push.
  10. Chapter Membership: Join ISSA within three months of class completion and the Chapter will refund the local chapter dues.

Additional information, contact:
Vice President of Education
Kevin Newman, CISSP, GCIH

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Previous Meetings

Membership Meeting: August 28, 2019

Chapter Business Meeting Slides: 2019-08-28-Meeting-Presentation.pdf Speaker Presentation: Failing-at-Cybersecurity.pdf Topic: Fail Secure: 20 Ways to Undermine Your Security Program There’s policy, and then there’s reality. All too often, security teams find their efforts overridden or... READ MORE

Membership Meeting: July 24, 2019

Chapter Business Meeting Slides: 2019-07-24-Meeting-Presentation.pdf Speaker Presentation: Attackers-Prey-on-Uncertainty_ISSA-Central-MD.pdf Topic: Attackers Prey on Uncertainty: How to Fail at Threat Detection It takes a lot of visibility and context to detect and respond to sophisticated threats.... READ MORE