On May 7th and 8th, (ISC)² hosted its annual Secure Summit D.C. (SSDC) cybersecurity conference. (ISC)² Secure Summit DC evolved from (ISC)² CyberSecureGov to assemble the best minds in cybersecurity for two days of insightful discussions, workshops and best-practices sharing.
Three local (ISC)² Chapters were represented at the event: Quantico Chapter, National Capital Region (NCR) Chapter, and the NOVA Chartering Chapter. The chapters each hosted a table at the event, where 850+ attendees were able to ask questions, learn more about the (ISC)² Chapter Program, and even express interest in joining a local chapter.
The (ISC)² National Capital Region (NCR) Chapter’s primary goal in participating in Secure Summit DC 2018 was to increase membership and identify potential speakers for upcoming meetings. The chapter leadership was not disappointed! The chapter collected contact information from over 45 attendees who expressed interest in joining the chapter and another six who tentatively agreed to present at an upcoming Chapter meeting! – Kyle Hendrickson, President of the (ISC)² National Capital Region Chapter
The Quantico Chapter and NOVA Chartering Chapter also had large numbers of interest, with the NOVA chapter having over 100 people registering for more information!
“One of the benefits of attending an (ISC)² event is the chance to connect and reconnect with colleagues and other security professionals,” says Kyle Hendrickson. Dan Waddell, the NOVA Chartering Chapter Petitioner, agreed; He mentioned that since the NOVA Chartering Chapter is still in the chartering phase, “the chapter appreciates the advice of other Official chapters and cybersecurity professionals on a variety of topics to include meeting logistics, technology, and more.” All three chapters believe that future collaboration and communication with other chapter leaders is vital to the success of the (ISC)² Chapter Program, and of events like SSDC.
“The Cyber Security horizon is changing rapidly. The only way to be prepared is to hear about the many threats and best solutions for adapting in this fast-paced environment. Summit Solutions D.C. was a two-day reality check concerning the dangers we will be facing. It was highly worthwhile,” says Quantico Chapter’s Education Chair Joseph Irr, who also mentioned that some of “the most interesting aspects of the event were insights into all the new attack vectors that are emerging and ways to combat them.”
Secure Summit and other cybersecurity events, like SSDC, help chapter leaders and members gather important information about the industry to take back to their local communities. These chapter members can then share that information in order to help push forward the mission of inspiring a safe and secure cyber world.
Aside from the networking, information sharing, and educational sessions, all three chapters raved about the venue at the MGM Grand, calling the venue, the event itself, and the entire SSDC event team “first class all the way!” The NCR and Quantico chapters are looking forward to returning in 2019 - and the NOVA Chartering Chapter is looking forward to attending SSDC 2019 as an official chapter!
Connect with the Chapters that attended SSDC 2018 here:
Quantico Chapter | https://www.isc2quanticochapter.org
National Capital Region Chapter | https://www.isc2ncrchapter.org
NOVA Chartering Chapter | https://novaisc2chapter.org