Silicon Valley ISSA Chapter

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.

Our chapter is comprised of over 250 Silicon Valley Information Security Staff, Consultants, Managers, Executives, and other business professionals. Our members come from Small Businesses and Fortune 100 companies. Our demographics are diverse, yet we share the common thread that we understand the criticality of Information Security as an enabler of today's key business objectives and the improvements that will come tomorrow.


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 10:15

To establish a beachhead inside an organization, attackers need to compromise only one system. Ironically, this means that organizations must protect every system. Confidential discussions with victim organizations show that in the aftermath of an attack, victim organizations often identify a single unprotected system that enabled the attack to proceed to fruition.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 11:30

This guest seminar will overview key legal issues presented by today's cyberworld.  More than ever, transactions of increasingly sensitive nature are being conducted online.

Latest News

Aritcle by SV-ISSA Board Member: Folding Security into NetApp's DNA

We are excited to announce that the Silicon Valley Chapter's Commication Director Sujeet Bambawale has published an article about Security, ISO27001, and NetApp's "Enterprise Information Security Council" The article is available on NetApp's community website at Be sure and check it out.

Silicon Valley ISSA honors memory & life of Dr. Ned Chapin

Description: Chapin, Computer Science Pioneer, honored at Silicon Valley Feb 2015 Chapter Meeting

During the February 2015 Chapter meeting, the assembled membership and guests honored the memory and life long achievements of Dr Ned Chapin. Ned Chapin was a long time member and frequent attendee at Silicon Valley chapter meetings.

Dr. Ned Chapin was also a founding member of the Computer History Museum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to that museum

Dr. Ned Chapin passed away on December 27, 2014. He was born on the Olympic Peninsula and grew up living in various locations in Washington, Oregon, and California. After graduating from Eureka Senior High School in 1945, he attended Stanford University where he played percussion in the Symphony Orchestra. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers during the Korean War. Upon graduating with a doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1959, he moved to Menlo Park, California where he lived for the rest of his life. Although he worked at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) for 10 years, for the bulk of his career he was an independent consultant operating InfoSci Inc. At age 60, he took a job as Professor, and later Professor Emeritus, of Information Systems in the California State University system.

Dr. Ned Chapin was a leader in the field of Computer Science, particularly the discipline of Software Maintenance, from its infancy. Over his 61 year career, he published more than 250 papers and conference proceedings and wrote 8 books including "An Introduction to Automatic Computers" in 1955 (the second general purpose commercially published book on computers) and "Computers: A Systems Approach" in 1971. He was the founding editor of the "Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution". He remained active in the field to the end of his life. For example, he was a panelist at the International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution in Victoria in October 2014.  He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Dr. June R. Chapin, and is survived by his two daughters, Suzanne and Dr. Elaine Chapin, and one grandchild, Kiel Chapin-Riddle. His hobbies included reading science fiction novels, listening to Jazz vocals, hunting for mushrooms, and advocating a manned mission to Mars.


Cornerstones of Trust

Cornerstones of Trust is the Bay Area's premier, community-driven conference to help security practitioners and leaders raise their level of thinkng about how to balance technology risks with business opportunities.

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CISSP Review Course - 2015

Classes are meeting at Adobe Systems in San Jose, exact address not determined yet. Underground parking will be provided for preregistered attendees only! So it is important to register. Tuesday evenings: April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23

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