Sunday, October 11, 2009

NAISG Updates

It's been a while since I wrote about NAISG- so it must be time for an update.  The original chapter in Boston has just kicked off its seventh year, and there are several other chapters running and a few forming.  The current list includes:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Connecticut River Valley
  • Dallas , TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Midland, MI
  • Orlando, FL
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, DC
  • Bangalore, India

A few highlights of upcoming meetings:

This week's Atlanta meeting is on Wednesday night, October 14 and features "The Girls of Errata", Elizabeth Wharton, VP Legal Affairs & Business Development, and Marisa Fagan, Security Project Manager.  The presentation is a Case Study Analysis: Social Networking ID Theft – Who You Gonna Call?  The meeting will be at Taco Mac Lindbergh, and starts  at 7pm.  This pair delivered an outstanding presentation at Security B-Sides Las Vegas this summer and this one shouldn't be missed.  More details on Andy Willingham's Andy, IT Guy blog.

The Boston meeting will be the following night, Thursday the 15th, and will feature The Pursuit of Security "Happyness," presented by Mike Rothman, SVP Strategy & Chief Marketing Officer for eiQ Networks, Chief Blogger at Security Incite and author of the Pragmatic CSO.  The meeting will be at the usual location, Microsoft's Waltham offices.  Details at the NAISG Boston site.

And [drumroll, please] NAISG's newest chapter, in Houston, will hold their inaugural meeting on Monday, Nov. 2.  The presentation will be "Breaking Down the Enterprise Security Assessment" by Michael R. Farnum, CISSP.   There will be "Eating and Mingling", the Official Chapter Kickoff and a book giveaway as well as the presentation and Q&A.  The chapter will hold meetings at the Houston area Microsoft offices.  Details and directions are on their NAISG page.

Note- even though Microsoft provides a venue for many of the meetings, NAISG is not a "Microsoft" group.  Presentation topics span the spectrum of Information Security, regardless of venue- local Microsoft offices are simply generous with offers to provide meeting space for NAISG (and many other groups), and many chapters take advantage of this.