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Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit, international professional organization of information security (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_security) professionals and practitioners. It was founded in 1984 by Sandra M. Lambert, after work on its establishment started in 1982. ISSA promotes the sharing of information security management practices through educational forums, publications and networking opportunities among security professionals. ISSA is present in more than one hundred countries, including Europe and Asia, with more than 10,000 members.

ISSA Los Angeles is the founding member of ISSA. Our mission is to be the premier catalyst and information source in the Southern California community for improving the practice of Information Security. We accomplish this by providing:

- Education, networking and support to our direct constituents: Information security practitioners

- IT practitioners with information security responsibilities

- Information security vendors

- Outreach, advocacy and education to the broader Los Angeles community

Upcoming events (3)

ISSA-LA Wireshark Workshop October 29

Online event

ISSA-LA Wireshark Workshop

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/issa-la-wireshark-workshop-october[masked]-tickets[masked]

This workshop will take attendees’ Wireshark skills to the next level with a heavy emphasis on incident response, threat hunting, and identifying anomalous network traffic. This workshop will begin with a brief introduction to Wireshark and other Network Security Monitoring (NSM) tools/concepts. Throughout the workshop, we’ll examine what different attacks and malware look like while using Wireshark. Attendees will then have hands-on time in the lab to search for Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) and TTPs utilizing staged packet capture files. Labs start out easy and quickly progress in difficulty. There will be plenty of take-home labs for additional practice.

Presenter: Michael Wylie, MBA, CISSP (Twitter: @TheMikeWylie) is the Sr. Manager of a threat hunting team. In his role, Michael is responsible for managing a global team of analysts hunting for hands-on keyboards activity within customer environments. Michael has developed and taught numerous courses for the U.S. Department of Defense, DEFCON, Universities, and for clients around the world. Michael is the winner of numerous SANS challenge coins and holds the following credentials: CISSP, CCNA R&S, CCNA CyberOps, GMON, GPEN, GCFE, TPN, CEH, CEI, VCP-DCV, CHPA, PenTest+, Project+, and more.

ISSA-LA November 11 Veteran’s Day Happy Hour (In-Person)

Islands Restaurant Westchester

Come join us and catch up live and in person. See old friends, and make some new friends!

We are back with our first in-person event! Come join us on Veteran’s Day on November 11, 2021 and join the fun.

We kindly request that all guests be fully vaccinated in attendance, observe proper social distancing, and wear masks when not consuming food and beverage.

RSVP Required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/issa-la-nov-2021-in-person-happy-hour-tickets-195559763517?aff=

ISSA-LA November 2021 Meeting: Maritime Cybersecurity Panel

Maritime Cybersecurity Panel

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/issa-la-november-2021-monthly-virtual-meeting-tickets-174878625677

Stephen Mills, CIO and Director of Maritime Cybersecurity at Royal Caribbean
Gary C. Kessler, Chief, USCG Cyber Augmentation Branch, Cybersecurity Division

Stephen Mills recently retired from the US Navy as a Commander after over 28 years of service. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University with BS in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Program. Mr Mills began his Naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer serving on a variety of ships including two tours as a Chief Engineer. Following an assignment at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California, where he studied System Engineering and Information Warfare, he transferred to the Information Professional Community (Communications and IT) and served in senior leadership roles including; The Director of Afloat Communication for Commander Second Fleet, Military Deputy Director CIO/J6 at US SOUTHERN Command and as Combat System Officer onboard USS RONALD REAGAN. His final tour in the US Navy was at US Fleet Forces Command, where he served as the Cyber Operations Chief and Deputy CIO/N6.

He is currently the Director of Maritime Cybersecurity for Royal Caribbean Group (RCG) where he is responsible for driving the Maritime Cybersecurity strategy and program initiatives at Royal Caribbean Group (RCG) for all their brands, including Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, and TUI. He is the subject matter expert to C-Suite leaders across all RCG shipboard lines of business regarding maritime cyber risks where he leads teams that provides cyber risk management and assurance to RCG shipboard environments, including new ship builds, consisting of Operational Technology (OT) navigation/bridge, marine engineering, IT, hotel operations systems and onboard entertainment systems (ET). He ensures these systems and technologies align to global information security standards and maritime cybersecurity guidelines. Additionally, he influences the maritime industry by partnering with organizations such as CLIA, the United States Coast Guard, and maritime research institutions to improve and promote cybersecurity throughout the maritime industry.

Mr Mills has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (cyber), and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Speaker: Gary Kessler, Ph.D., CISSP
Gary Kessler, Ph.D., CISSP, is president of Gary Kessler Associates, a principal consultant at Fathom5, a retired professor of cybersecurity, and co-author of “Maritime Cybersecurity: A Guide for Leaders and Managers” (2020). In addition, he is the Chief of the Cyber Augmentation Branch in the Cybersecurity Directorate of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, guest faculty in the Electrical Engineering & Cyber Systems Section at the US Coast Guard Academy, and is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative. Gary holds a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.S. in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education. He has been involved in the information security field since the late-1970s; his current research efforts have been related to maritime cybersecurity, with an emphasis in AIS and maritime communication protocol vulnerabilities. Gary is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is the author or more than 75 papers, articles, and book chapters, as well as three books.

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