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, August 16, 2016 - 11:30

When it comes to detecting breaches, time is of the essence. The longer a threat actor persists in your environment, the more likely they are to establish a foothold, and walk away with your data. Many attackers will follow a similar attack methodology from target to target, or for every attack they carry out for years. This talk will discuss common indicators of compromise, the value of your own threat intelligence, and how you can spot the unusual behavior that your AV, firewall, or IDS can't.

Latest News

In Remembrance of Jim Carr – ISSA Silicon Valley Chapter Director of Education

James Carr

James Carr passed away on the morning of July 8, 2016, in his home at the side of his wife, Barbara. Surviving family include James Carr, Jr.,, Jennifer (Jeffery) Puente, Richard (Guin Ashley) Orberg, Susan (Josh) Guest and 8 grandchildren.

James served as a security analyst in the Army for 10 years during the Vietnam War era. He received the Bronze Star twice for his work in identifying enemy combatants by detecting patterns in the frequency of intercepted radio communication.

His career included periods at IBM, Globalstar, and the NSA where he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. James spent 17 years working at Lockheed Martin as a Systems Security Engineer before retiring in 2014. He spent his evenings as a part-time professor at UC Santa Cruz and De Anza College which he continued until the end of his life. He was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Security Association International, a distinction given to only 1% of members.

He enjoyed teaching, playing with his Dachshunds and Italian Greyhounds, traveling to France and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed reading fiction, history and cryptography—it was not uncommon for him to read two entire books in a single night.

December 13, 1944 - July 8, 2016

A brief tribute video.


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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