From the President
Greetings Fellow Denver Chapter Members,
I am very honored to be your new Chapter President. I hope that I can live up to the standards set by Don Mapes and his predecessors. I am also happy to let you know that Brennan Baybeck has been nominated to serve on the ISACA Board of Directors for 2017-2018 and will be installed at the ISACA AGM in Chicago on June 17—congratulations Brennan!
We had a very successful RMISC this year with over 1,000 participants and 70 sponsors. Expanded to three days, the RMISC is becoming the premier security and audit conference in the region, offering up to 24 hours of CPE at an affordable price. We had standing-room-only for the panel of women CISOs and we hosted about 60 young women and men from middle and high schools that were interested in careers in IT. Governor John Hickenlooper talked to us about his commitment to security in Colorado and Cal Fussman recollected his interviews with Muhammed Ali and Mikael Gorbachov. To close it out, Josh Blue made us all laugh by telling stories about a half woman/half horse, gave us advise on who not to hire to fix your roof, and spun a yarn about red sweat pants (remember?). If you have a chance, please personally thank Julie Chickallo and Kaysi Veatch who were instrumental in putting together this great event. If you need a personalized CPE certificate for RMISC, contact RMISC@iplanitmeetings.com
Our focus for 2017-2018 will continue to be on identifying new and innovative ways to serve our entire membership community. This includes finding ways to reach out to the Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins/Greeley members to provide them with CPE opportunities so they do not have to spend all day travelling back-and-forth. We also plan on continuing to encourage young people to pursue careers in IT through sponsoring the Collegiate Cybersecurity Defense Competition, maintaining our scholarship and academic relations programs, as well as sponsoring the CyberGirlz Summit this fall.
Over the next year, I challenge each of you to:
(1) make an effort to attend chapter events—our volunteers put a lot of work into providing you the opportunity to get all of your required CPE through the chapter at the lowest possible cost/CPE,
(2) take the opportunity to encourage someone else to get certified and/or join the chapter,
(3) be a mentor and pay it forward; help get young people engaged in the profession (Cyber Patriot or Cyber Tech Girls Summit (see below), and
(4) be a volunteer—not only do you get CPE credit, but it is a great way to get involved.
Be sure to check out the offerings form other chapters/organizations lower down the page: there are CyberSecurity, SANS classes and yet another CyberPatriot event sponsored by our sister chapter!s I look forward to seeing all of you on September 14th at the Wellshire.
A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. – Will Rogers
Rick Lucy, Chapter President