GR-ISSA is a local chapter of the international Information Systems Security Association (or ISSA) based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GR-ISSA provides local security professionals and practitioners a variety of information security resources ranging from presentations and knowledge sharing to social networking opportunities. This site is dedicated to the Grand Rapids, Michigan chapter of ISSA. GR-ISSA was founded in 2003. For information about the parent international ISSA organization, you are encouraged to visit www.issa.org.
The GR-ISSA bylaws can be downloaded here
Dealing with your IT Auditors
Being audited has become a more regular occurrence for IT professionals, particularly in the information security field. The trouble InfoSec professionals are now facing is focusing the auditors, and their own management, on the types of activities that will improve an organizations security instead of compliance activities that do not effectivity mitigating risk. In this presentation Adam will take you through the IT audit process. Identify the elements that your auditors are looking for. Demonstrate techniques on how to structure your security program and present information to the auditors. Review effective ways to manage deficiencies that may be brought to light by an auditor.
For over a decade Adam has worked in multiple industry sectors and in various information security disciplines. Blending together audit, compliance, and security engineering capabilities; he is able to provide techniques and methods that are able to mitigate both IT and business risks effectively. Adam holds a Master’s Degree in Information Assurance along with CISA, CISM, CISSP certifications.
Meetings are held eight months out of the year on the third Friday of the month unless stated otherwise. Meetings are suspended during summer months (June through September) in recognition of vacations etc.
Chapter meetings are held at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
RSVP for your parking pass! - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of "ISSA".
Sneden Center Meeting Hall 3
Dealing with your IT Auditor
GR-ISSA Chapter Membership
To become a member of the Grand Rapids ISSA chapter we ask that you be a West Michigan information security student or professional. Membership benefits include access to chapter emails advertising coming events and peer commentary on topics of information security. Benefits also include access to email and presentation archives.
Chapter membership requires a multi-step process as outlined below.
Chapter members will be added to the chapter mailing list, [email@example.com].
GR-ISSA Chapter Dues
GR-ISSA does not require dues. GR-ISSA solicits guest speakers that will donate their time and information. GR-ISSA also solicits local organizations that will donate their conference room facilities for a few hours each month to accommodate our monthly meetings. Combined, these donations of time, information and facilities have allowed GR-ISSA to waive all requirements for monthly or yearly chapter dues.
ISSA Membership and Fees
International ISSA membership requires an annual fee paid by either an individual or an organization as appropriate. Although ISSA membership is not required to attend GR-ISSA chapter meetings, we strongly recommend attendees to consider the benefits of ISSA membership. The international site also offers an online option for joining ISSA at any time.
The GR-ISSA archive contains discussion list (gr-issa-discuss and gr-issa-announce) and past presentation material. All archive access begins with chapter membership. Without chapter membership, you will not have access to the archive and its contents. Consult membership for details.
Archive and discussion list logon information will be synchronized. If your chapter membership is new or passwords where changed, you must wait 24 hours before the account settings take effect on the archive.
Chapter members will have access to the following materials:
There are a few options available for contacting Grand Rapids ISSA chapter members.
Additionally, some executive board members can be contacted directly.
Last modified: Feb 26, 2016