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From the President



ISSA International President Candy Alexander

the course for our path to a bigger and brighter future. I'll talk more about that next month but having the ISSA International Summit fresh in my memory, I'll share with you some of my thoughts and insight of the event.

First, let me say that you may have noticed that we scaled back on the size of the event, but certainly not the quality. In reflection of our event in Atlanta (2018), it was a conscious decision to not repeat some of the challenges such as overcommitments and co-locating the event with another conference. By scaling back our scope, we were able to focus on our program and content.

Our event began as it usually does with the Chapter Leaders Annual Summit. This year's meeting had 40+ chapters represented, sharing valuable experience and presentations from some of our strongest chapters. I am continuously impressed by the work being done by our chapter leaders and applaud not only their endless hours of hard work but also the wiliness to share their formulas of success with other leaders. Once again, the magic of ISSA comes through—one of the many reasons why I love this association and one of the priceless benefits of belonging.

Attendees of the Summit were treated to some of the best speakers of our profession with the folks such as Winn Schwartau (CVO and founder, The Security Awareness Company, LLC, a subsidiary of KnowBe4, Inc. ), Sandra Joyce (Sr. VP, Global Intelligence, Fire Eye), and so many more top-notch ISSA members!

One of the most memorable session of the event was the Fireside Chat, hosted by our media partner ITSP Magazine, featuring Sean Martin chatting with ISSA Hall of Fame member Dr. Ron Ross (Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology) on topics such as his start in cybersecurity and the progression of his career. If you haven't already seen the video recording, be sure to take a look!

As you may have sensed, the refocus of our efforts on content and programming were appreciated by so many members who attended the event, many of whom stopped me in the hallway to comment on their excitement for our new direction. This is something that the International Board of Directors and I are hard at work on: driving the value of membership and the strength of our association through content, programing, and knowledge-sharing opportunities. You will be seeing more emphasis on this in the coming months as we refine the ISSA International strategic goals and business planning efforts for an exciting 2020.

On a completely different note, I would like to share an experience I had the opportunity to have. I had been invited to offer a keynote address to a mid-market CIO event on the topic of information and cybersecurity. Ironically, the challenges that this group of folks face are the same challenges we face, only they don't have the luxury of focusing solely on security—or having a membership-based group like the ISSA to share knowledge and experience. I bring this up for your consideration to reach out to the IT community—invite them along with you to your next chapter meeting or local event.

My apologies for keeping this month's letter so brief. I will make up for it in next month's letter with a reflection of 2019! Until then, my virtual door is always hope!

Candy Alexander, CISSP CISM
ISSA International President

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