Chapter Meeting: Information Security Practitioners’ Response to COVID-19

When: Thursday, May 21st, 2020 11:30AM – 1:00PM



COVID-19 has been an unprecedented window of opportunity for threat actors. Most organizations are experiencing heightened levels of threat activity. In this presentation, see how multiple information security disciplines can contribute to improving your organization’s resiliency, learn where to focus your team’s efforts, how to plan to be effective and reduce response times.

Note: Due to the ongoing lock down restrictions in Oregon, this will be a virtual chapter meeting. Pricing for attendance has been reduced.

Speaker bio:

Matt Olson – Senior Director of Compliance and Security, Higher Logic

Matt leads the compliance and information security team at Higher Logic. With years of experience in running large SaaS operations at scale, Matt brings both a product and enterprise operations focus to information security and compliance.

Matt holds CISSP and ITIL certifications, is the technology director for ISSA Portland and most recently led Higher Logic to ISO 27001 certification.

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Interface Portland 2020


March 10th, 2020
8:30AM – 4:30PM


Oregon Convention Center
Portland Ballroom
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232



ISSA Portland invites you to attend a CPE-accredited educational conference for IT professionals focusing on the latest developments in this constantly changing information technology environment. As a key-influencer on the evaluation of IT solutions, INTERFACE Portland was developed for you.

KEYNOTE: I’m From the Feds: We’re Here to Help!

Presented by Theresa Masse • Cybersecurity Advisor, US Department of Homeland Security

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Join your peers and enjoy a day of the latest IT innovations and best practices – including CLOUD-based solutions – covering IT Infrastructure, BC/DR, Cybersecurity, Data Storage, and a variety of other topics being offered during the event’s presentations, panel discussions, and exhibits that are sure to be time well-spent!

About ISSA Portland:
The Information Systems Security Association is a not-for-profit organization of information security professionals. It provides educational forums and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge and professional growth of its members.

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November 21st, 2019 Chapter Meeting: Incident Response

When: Thursday, November 21st, 2019 9:00AM – 2:00P

Note: The October meeting was postponed until November and the format has been expanded to a half day event.



“Prevention is ideal, but detection is a must. However, detection without response has little value.” -anonymous

So, I have an incident, now what? In this talk we will explore PICERL, the six phases of the incident handling process (preparation,
identification, containment, eradication, recovery, and lessons learned). Afterward, participants will know the phases and understand next
steps for each phase, how to identify the team, communicate during an incident, and how to build out the process.

Speaker bio:

Brian Ventura – Information Security Architect, City of Portland

With a diverse background in consulting, public and private sector, and project
management, Brian brings a comprehensive view of security and technology. Brian advises public entities and private companies on security
best practices generally and within large projects. Brian’s day job is with the City of Portland, where he focuses on enterprise security.
Brian also teaches as a SANS Instructor.

Speaker bio:

Pete Dedes – Forensic Examiner Consultant, Avertium

Pete has more than 30 years of experience as a Computer Professional. Current responsibilities at Avertium (formerly Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc.) includescomputer forensics, security assessments, incident response and tasks in the enterprise solutions arena. As a forensic analyst, Pete has provided courtroom testimony in several Tennessee State Courts.

Pete’s education includes an Associate’s degree in Electo-Mechanical Engineering from Owens Technical College in Toledo, OH and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee.

Industry certifications include the Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) for forensics, and two GIAC certifications, Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) and Certified Incident Handler (GCIH). Pete is also licensed in the State of Tennessee as a Private Investigator.


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
1211 SW 5th Ave
Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97204

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Summer Break

Greetings, we are now on our annual summer break and will resume chapter meetings in the Fall of 2019. The programs committee will be working on our program for the coming chapter year and will notify membership soon. Thank you and enjoy the summer!

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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast: Adding People Back into the Security Equation

We all know that people are a central part of the security equation, but how often are they really considered when you’re looking for ways to reduce organizational risk?  In this talk we’ll explore what security culture really means and why it’s a critical part of your overall security strategy. We’ll probe attitudes and perspectives that may be crippling your efforts to change behaviors, and review elements of a successful security awareness program. Finally, we’ll take a peek under the hood of your enterprise security policies and review strategies for making them more user friendly – and more enforceable.

Let us help you demystify the human and bring them back to their rightful place at the center of your security strategy–and success.


Glaphre Karolak started out as a help desk technician for a Las Vegas-based airline in 2008, and showing more talent for writing than fixing things, she quickly transitioned to documenting departmental procedures, building IT training, and writing the airline’s first information security policies. Glaphre was recruited by Caesars Entertainment as they launched their PCI compliance effort, to lead development of enterprise security policies and establish a security awareness program. Glaphre joined Kindred Healthcare in 2015 in a combined GRC and awareness role, writing policy for ISO 27001 certification, leading implementation of a enterprise document management system, and building a phishing and awareness program. Glaphre now writes for the Cybersecurity Engineering team, develops awareness content and training, and passionately works to transform security culture one relationship at a time. Glaphre has served as the Secretary for ISSA Portland Board of Directors since 2017, and served in the same position for ISSA Las Vegas from 2014-2016. She holds the GSEC certification and is currently studying for her CISSP.

Brian Ventura is a security leader in the Portland area. Brian works for the City of Portland as an Information Security Architect, focusing on GRC, Education and Awareness. Brian volunteers with the Oregon CyberSecurity Advsory Council:, PCC’s CIS Advisory Board and as a Director of Education for ISSA Portland. Brian is also a SANS Instructor, teaching CyberSecurity courses regularly including: Security Essentials, CISSP Certification, CIS Controls and Risk Management. You can find a NIST CSF management tool published on GitHub:, as well as his SANS course schedule:

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ISSA Portland April 2019 Symposium: Zero Trust and Endpoint Security

The board regrets that this event has been cancelled due to low registration and high cost of the venue making this event not viable. The board is looking into adding another event to the calendar in the May/June timeframe. So please stay tuned. Thank you for your patience.

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March 13, 2019 Chapter Meeting: Container Security

When: March 13, 11:30am – 1pm; (Lunch will be provided)

Location: 1900 SW 4th Street, room 2500B (2nd floor)

              *Note new location*

Lunch will be provided.

Title: Modernizing Traditional Security: How Containerization Makes Security and Compliance Easier

Presenter: Keith Mokris, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Twistlock

As containers become the commonplace method for delivering and deploying applications, organizations are taking a “lift-and-shift” approach to migrating their existing applications. In this presentation, Keith will discuss a non-profit that provides environmental science and engineering oversight to some of the world’s largest civil waterworks projects and their shift to containers. This organization previously relied on a critical 14-year old app that models storm surge. The move to containers for this application delivered immediate benefits, making it easier to manage vulnerabilities, ensure regulatory compliance, and provide runtime defense. Throughout this session, we’ll break down the security advantages of containers relative to traditional architectures using this real life app as an example.

Main takeaways:

  • Learn the technical differences between containers and traditional architectures around vulnerability management, compliance, and runtime security
  • How containerization helps move security upstream in the development lifecycle and why that’s such an important benefit
  • Why containers make compliance instantly easier, by enabling organizations to find and correct problems early on, enforce settings, and automatically block non-compliant configurations
  • How the predictable nature of containers enables a new approach to runtime defense that improved efficiency and scale by reducing human security management effort
  • Lessons learned from a real world organization’s experience migrating a mission critical app to containers and how impacted their security approach

Bio: In his role at Twistlock, Keith tells the story around how enterprises can leverage the company’s cloud native cybersecurity platform to secure their modern applications. Previously, Keith was in charge of product marketing at NowSecure, helping enterprises integrate mobile application security testing into their development pipelines and identify critical vulnerabilities via penetration testing. In his free time, he is a landscape and street photographer.

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ISSA Portland: ½ Day Hackathon

When: March 21, 2019 8:30am to 1:30pm

Where: Salesforce | 2035 NE Cornelius Pass Rd | Hillsboro, OR 97124

A complimentary coffee bar, breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided.

We are partnering again with Security Innovation to provide an immersive hands-on hacking experience for our February 2019 ISSA symposium. 

Compete against your fellow ISSA Portland members and guests in a contest of hacking skills to attack and breach the “Shred Retail” site.

This event will provide value for everyone from a non-coder with zero hacking experience to a seasoned penetration tester. There are challenges for all skill levels and interest built into the site and we will have expert help on hand to help anyone who wants it.

Those registering for the event will be provided with a complimentary code for 30-day access to the Security Innovations OWASP 2017 Series training. Course details can be found here:

This code will be provided at least 14 days prior to the event.

Amazon gift cards will be given for:

  • Highest score – $100
  • Runner up – $50
  • Hardest vulnerability – $50
  • First vulnerability – $25

You will need to bring a laptop with the following:

Many thanks to Salesforce for the coffee bar and for hosting this event.

Snacks and lunch are sponsored by:

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Holiday Social & Panel Discussion: Managed Security Services Update

Our holiday social will be Wednesday, December 19th from 5:30PM to 8:00PM at Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Portland.  

We will be holding a panel discussion on managed security services.  This is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of the market for security service providers, what they offer, how they function as a component in your security program and current trends in service offerings.

Please register using the calendar widget.

Panel Participants:

Andy Riley, Chief Technology Officer, GBprotect Inc.

Mr. Riley is a US ARMY veteran and results-oriented security and privacy leader with a record of success directing leading-edge IT security initiatives. Mr. Riley leads the development and management of security services offerings at GBprotect and has over 10 years’ experience delivering hosted IT services.   Prior to joining GBprotect, Mr. Riley held leadership and senior consulting roles with organizations including: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Public Consulting Group, and State of Washington.

Jesse Nine, Symantec Senior Systems Engineer, Cyber Security Services

Started his career in technology at a local computer shop in Eugene back in ‘95 and got hired on at Symantec in 1999.   Spent much of his years at Symantec working with large enterprise and government customers supporting flagship products (SAV/SEP, SSIM).  Now ply’s his trade as an Senior System Engineer for Symantec’s Cyber Security Services group which includes Symantec’s 14-year, Gartner Magic Quadrant-leading Managed Security Services.

Bowe Hoy, VP Sales, Sword and Shield

This event is sponsored by Symantec.

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November 29th, 2018 Chapter Meeting: Symposium: Identity Governance and Access Management

When: Thursday, November 29th, 2018 from 8:00AM to 1:00PM, (Morning pastries and lunch provided . . . )

Where: Salesforce Offices, 2035 NE Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124

CPEs: 4             This event sponsored by Saviynt.

8:00AM – 8:45AM Networking and Introductions

Session 1: 8:45AM – 9:40AM

Title: “Keeping Pace with the Trajectory of IGA Evolution”

Presented by Diana Volere, Principal Solution Architect with Saviynt

Synopsis: Positive identification and granting of permissions is an old, old problem, but one which continually grows ever more complicated yet ever more necessary. The pressure of compliance regulations, the massive scale of the cloud and the Internet of Things, and the increasing sophistication of attacks are all driving a need to look at Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) in new ways. We’ll touch on the history and explore the current state of capabilities in the space of identity governance, and then prognosticate the directions and challenges to come.

Speaker Bio: Diana Volere has been a professional in security, identity and access for almost twenty years. She has spent time in delivery and pre-sales for leading vendors Novell, Oracle and ForgeRock, as well as consulting with Edgile. Diana has architected and driven sales of solutions for global Fortune 500 companies and focused on several industry-specific verticals, with an emphasis on healthcare and financial. Her aptitude for translating complex technology terminology and capabilities to business value and language plays into her passion for bridging the gap between technology and business needs. Outside of work she loves travel, gastronomy, sci-fi and most other activities associated with being a geek.

Session 2: 9:45AM – 10:40AM

Title: “How to successfully deploy and manage cloud IAM solutions”

Presented by Baber Amin, CTO for West with Ping Identity.

Speaker Bio: Mr. Baber Amin works with Ping customers to develop and evolve their IAM strategy. Baber is also working on Ping’s M&A and ML/AI strategy. Previously, he was responsible for Ping’s solution offerings around OpenBanking, GDPR, Privacy, and Consent, product and solution go-to market and pricing strategy, and for solutions in Employee, and Consumer centric Identity and Access Management. Prior to Ping, Mr. Amin served as Senior Director of product management for IDaaS solutions at Oracle Corp. and CA Technologies and served as Director of Cloud Security with Novell Identity and Security. Mr. Amin is an author on several patents in software security, web caching and content distribution.

Session 3: 10:50AM – 11:45AM

Title: Three Challenges of Identity Security with Modern IT

Presented by Cameron Williams, CTO with OverWatchID

Synopsis: Modern IT environments have three major challenges with traditional identity security products. IT organizations evolved and embraced hybrid IT deployments and cloud services, traditional identity security vendors failed to evolve with them. Organizations are left vulnerable to privilege abuse, insider threats and external attackers. Find out if your organization is affected by these three challenges and learn how they can be prevented.

Speaker Bio: For more than 25 years, Cameron Williams has helped enterpise clients like IBM, Wells Fargo, Sony, BP, and dozens others keep their data safe and secure from data breaches, hacks, ransomware, and spear-phishing. As OverWatchID’s CTO, Cam leads all product design and product development, and is responsible for ensuring that that the company’s cloud-based converged identity security platform is meeting existing and future threats to identity security. Prior to co-founding OverWatchID, Cam held senior positions with InteliSecure, Juniper Networks, Pulse Secure, Virtela Technology Services, IBM, and MCI. Cam studied computer science at North Carolina State University and pre-med at Penn State University. Cam lives in Denver with his daughter Alaura and dog Zoe. He is a competitive Ironman and is an internationally ranked parathlete.

Lunch Break 11:45AM – 12:15PM

Session 4: 12:15PM – 1:00PM

Panel Discussion


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