Triad March 2014 Meeting

0. Back to Basics: CISSP Certification

We’ve talked about it, hemmed and hawed about it, and now it’s time to fish or cut bait.  Mike Parsons will lead a back to basics discussion about security certifications focusing on the CISSP and the Common Body of Knowledge.  During the discussion we will review the 10 domains, Internet resources available, and the possibility of having a group study to prepare for the exam.

As an introduction to a typical study session, Mike will provide a half hour presentation on Physical Security which is one of the 10 domains and a key tenet of the HIPAA security rule.

The session will conclude with a survey of who is available to help with presenting the study course to current and prospective chapter members and who is interested in attending a CISSP study series.  The anticipated duration of the course would be three to four Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Individuals interested in presenting on a domain must be a CISSP with active credentials.

1. Meet, Greet & Network (6 pm-6:45 pm)

  • Enjoy a lovely spread prepared by Nazareth Bread Company

2. Chapter business (6:45 pm to 7 pm)

3. Presentation (7 p.m. to 8 p.m.): PCI-DSS compliance in the wake of Target

Does your organization process credit cards or do you know a small business owner who does?  Does your organization offer merchant services to companies who process credit cards.  Were you among the 40 million individuals who received a shiny new piece of plastic as a result of the Target breach (or one of the others that probably occurred at the same time)?  If the answer is yes, you DEFINITELY want to attend the March ISSA meeting.

Mike Parsons, CISSP, Senior ISSA member and our chapter treasurer is gathering a panel of chapter members who have first hand responsibility for some aspect of the credit card/ATM card processing.  The panel will discuss the Target breach and the impact it may have had on the practices within their respective organization.  In addition, the panel will offer insight into what the Target breach may mean for us as consumers or as potential entrepreneurs.  Please be sure to read up on the Target breach and on the PCI-DSS standards so that we can have an active, educated discussion.

Parsons has over 30 years’ experience in information technology, over 15 years’ of which are in Information Security.  Parsons has used his expertise and passion for Information Security to lead a rich career in education, retail, financial services and government.  Parsons is a Vietnam-era Veteran and has a BA from East Carolina and a MBA from University of Maryland.  He earned a certificate in Information Security and Privacy from UNCC in 2003 and his CISSP in 2004.  In 2013, Parsons was nominated by the Triad Chapter and confirmed by the ISSA Board to become a senior member of ISSA.

We look forward to your attendance and participation in the discussion.