Like many chapters, the (ISC)² Hawaii Chapter has had challenges with officer vacancies, legal registration, and low attendance at events over the past three years that the chapter has held its official charter. In early 2018, the new officer board took over and began to plan events to get the information security professionals in the area together to better connect, educate, inspire, and secure the communities of Hawaii.
While the chapter has held its official charter with (ISC)², the chapter has been somewhat dis-engaged from the local community. The new chapter officers have made it their mission to re-invigorate the chapter and self-proclaim the chapter as the active arm of Hawaii’s cyber security professionals. With new leadership and goals in mind, the chapter is seeking its official non-profit status in the state of Hawaii. Once approved, the chapter leaders plan to:
- Establish a study group program
- Coordinate local CPE earning opportunities for chapter members
- Engage in the Safe and Secure Online (SSO) program to engage the children and the public, especially during the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October)
- Partner closely with Girl Scouts of Hawaii to offer the highest quality training and mentoring
- …Much more…
As another goal of the chapters re-engagement in Hawaii, the chapter decided to celebrate its three-year anniversary (in March) with a celebration meeting for members in late spring. The new chapter officers, who took over only a few months prior, had little time to plan; however, as with all great things, the chapter’s leadership was able to pull their resources and connections to plan the Chapter Anniversary Member Meeting.
The (ISC)² Hawaii Chapter held its third anniversary chapter member meeting in May, 2018. The chapter hit a new meeting record with approximately 53 people in attendance!
The event focused on allowing presenters from other local security groups (CyberHawaii and CyberHUI) share their mission and objectives, which correlate with the mission of (ISC)², "Inspiring a Safe and Secure Cyber World."
The chapter’s featured speaker was Clyde Sonobe, Vice President of CyberHawaii, the state’s think tank on cyber security. Clyde briefed the meeting guests on the mission and objectives of CyberHawaii and where the chapter would potentially fit into the vision as a partner in growing cybersecurity awareness in Hawaii. The chapter also had mini presentations by several guest speakers including Jake Ross (with CyberHUI), who is seeking security professionals to mentor high school students in the CyberPatriot competition.
The chapter continues to plan new, exciting events for its members throughout the rest of the year. The chapter plans to host their June meeting very soon, which will include a series called “Talk Story with ___.” This series will give members an opportunity to speak to the featured speaker in an intimate setting. The chapter’s inaugural Talk Story, which will take place in June of 2018, will feature Mr. Alan Paller of SANS fame.
There are many more exciting events in the works, so follow the (ISC)² Hawaii Chapter on Facebook (@isc2chapterhi), Instagram (@isc2_hawaii_chapter), or visit our website at www.isc2chapter-hi.org to keep up to date. Aloha!