Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2016 ISSA International Conference

Well, a bit behind in this posting.

November 2-3, 2016, the Information System Security Association (ISSA) had their International Conference in Dallas, TX.  I was part of the Steering Committee and also attended the ISSA Chapter Leaders Summit held the day before.

Overall this was a great conference.  I had been to the previous 2 conferences (Chicago and Orlando), and this was an improvement over those.  We had more attendees and more sponsors then before.  We had a lot of great speakers and some great additions to the conference.

We had a "party in the skill" in the Reunion Tower connected to the Hyatt Regency where the conference was held at.  During the party, we had a Capture the Flag game going on.  They had a job fair (first time), with several recruiting companies.   There were 2 books given to participants and the authors were there to sign them: Becoming the Customer by Peter McLaughlin  and Managing Risk and Information Security 2nd ed by Malcolm Harkins (I have the 1st edition, so this was a welcome update).  And there was a special deal for training and testing for the CEH and C|CISO cert from EC-Council.

On a personal note, I was honored at the awards luncheon with ISSA Fellow status.

The next conference will be October 10-11, 2017 in San Diego.  I plan on being on the Steering Committee again, as I want to see certain things continued and other things improved.  Will see if I'm able to attend it.

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