Membership Meeting: July 24, 2019

Please note the new meeting Location: Hub Spot, 6724 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 105, Columbia, MD 21046

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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. Attackers usually target data, where enterprises have the least visibility and most uncertainty. In this session, we’ll explore new, sophisticated threats from inside and out, demonstrate how easy it is for adversaries to bypass traditional controls, and present a methodology to better protect data at scale, improve threat detection, and reduce uncertainty.

Speaker: Courtney Chau, System Engineer at Varonis

Bringing a diverse business and technical skill set, Courtney Chau has had the privilege of working with an elite list of clientele in the Cyber Security & Information Technology sector. Courtney’s commitment to continued learning and academic excellence provided the opportunity for a year of early completion at Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Business Information Technology, summa cum laude, and minor in Applied Business Computing. Courtney embarked on her professional journey in IT Risk Assurance at the multinational professional services network firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), providing superior client relationship management to cultivate efficient and innovative business solutions. She collaborated with multiple teams, inter-company lines of service, clients, and client third-party service organizations for multiple projects regarding interfaces/configurations, key reports, SDLC, and other IT general controls. Following this, Courtney served Darktrace as a Cyber Defense Technology Specialist to manage deployments and incident responses, ranging from small business to global firms across a variety of industries. She mentored a team of engineers and holds substantial experience covering a global territory. Presently, she works with Varonis to serve the data security needs of large enterprise customers.

Please Note:

  • Deadline to register is July 22nd at 5 PM.
  • Chapter & ISSA member’s ticket: FREE
  • Guest tickets: $15 if registered by 5 PM on July 22nd. Otherwise, $20 at the door (cash or credit card). Refunds available until July 22nd at 5pm.


5:15 – 5:45 Chapter Business Meeting

6:00 – 7:30 Speaker and Q&A

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CISSP Study Group

Fall 2019

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ISSA Central Maryland is pleased to announce the opening of registration for our Fall 2019 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 beginning September 3, 2019 through December 3, 2019 (14 nights)

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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