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ISSA Mid-Atlantic Information Security Conference 

Save the date for the ISSA Mid-Atlantic Information Security one day conference on Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center, Building II. The event will feature a spectacular line up of speakers, a capture the flag contest and some great networking opportunities. Sponsor opportunities are still available. The cost to attend is $130 for Early Registration and $100 for Students. The agenda will be posted within the next couple of weeks. Register online at: 


February 28, 2018 General Meeting


Topic: Automating Security in AWS Infrastructure Deployments

The Cloud has introduced the concept of Infrastructure as Code. You can now spin up or change servers, databases, and entire network boundaries in just moments. In a DevOps world you can update your Infrastructure multiple times a week, a day or even in a single hour. But how do you ensure the network boundary is secure? How do you know you are not introducing a backdoor for infiltrators to exploit? What guardrails and workflows can you leverage to help drive security into your infrastructure deployments? Come to this talk to learn more and to see AWS CodePipeline, AWS CodeDeploy and AWS CloudFormation at work.

Speaker: Stephen Alexander, Sr. Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Stephen Alexander is a Sr. Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services. He focuses on National Security and DoD customers, helping them to design scalable and secure systems that operate efficiently on AWS. Stephen holds five AWS certifications, including AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional and AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional. He has delivered talks and workshops on Infrastructure as Code, DevSecOps, and Security Deep Dives at conferences, Meetups, and customer events.
Location: Parsons Cyber, Address: 7110 Samuel Morse Dr., Suite #200, Columbia, MD
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM



AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Study Group

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ISSA Central Maryland is pleased to announce the opening of registration for our AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Study Group; this will be our first ever study group dedicated towards cloud technology. With this training, you’ll gain in-demand skills for a cloud platform that is becoming the gold standard in cloud operations. At just $300 for ISSA members ($450 for non-ISSA members), our study group sessions are highly affordable even for those who are not reimbursed for educational expenses.

Dates: Tuesday nights beginning April 3, 2018 through July 10, 2018 (14 nights)

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Where: Phoenix TS, 10420 Little Patuxent Pkwy #500, Columbia, MD 21044

ISSA Members: $300
Non-ISSA Members: $450
Discounts available for employees of chapter sponsors.

Text: Participants should wait to purchase textbook until notified by Central MD Chapter; the study group leaders are currently researching what book will be best suited for the class and prepare student for the exam.

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 AWS – Associate exam.

Becoming a member of ISSA Central MD is easy! Clicking on the link below will take you directly to the ISSA memebership registration page. Once there and filling out the form, be sure to select Central MD as your local chapter. If you have any questions about becoming a member you can email Stephan Chan, the chapter’s vice president of membership, at

ISSA Membership Registration Link

For additional information about the study group, please contact the chapter’s Vice President of Education:

Chuck Dickert, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CAPM



Congratulations to the ISSA Central Maryland Chapter for being selected as the

2017 Mid-Size Chapter of the Year


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