Slides from past meeting presentations available on chapter Google drive

Just to let everyone know, I have posted the slides from the last few chapter meeting presentations to our public chapter Google drive, which can be accessed at the link below. Also there are videos of the presentations, if we were able to make them. Enjoy!

April 2016 Meeting Video/Slides Posted

Please find the presentation for the April General Meeting posted at the link below. It was a presentation by Kevin Dunn on “Hardening Your Security Posture”. It was an excellent talk on ways to go beyond patching to harden your various systems using checklists and tools. It also included a live technical demo of some exploits. Enjoy!

Links to March and February 2016 Chapter meeting recordings

Please find below the links to the chapter meetings, recorded for us by the good folks at

February 22nd Meeting “Building an Effective Cybersecurity Strategy”:

March 14th Meeting “Challenges in Healthcare IT Panel”:

March Chapter General Meeting a big success!

Thank you to everyone for making our March Chapter meeting on ‘Challenges in Healthcare IT” a big success, especially our speakers and our host and sponsor For those of you who haven’t been to a meeting since we started having them at the new campus, the facilities are amazing! And our hosts prepared a custom pizza meal in house for us which was awesome (see pictures below). Thank you to Eric, Robert, Dale, Yazan, Daniel and for being such great sponsors of our chapter. Based on guests who have come from other chapters, our meetings are way above par. Thank you also to our speakers Julie Rennecker, Michele Drake, Robert Felps and Gib Sorebo for a wide variety of views on the information security situation in Healthcare. Thanks also to V-P Louisa Hoberman for moderating the panel. For those who couldn’t make it, the presentation was recorded and can be viewed at the link below. Our next meeting is April 11th at 7PM at the new campus and will feature Kevin Dunn on “Hardened Security Posture”.






January (ISC)2 Austin Chapter General Meeting Canceled

Please be advised that due to delays in, our host company’s new building construction, we will have to cancel our scheduled January 11th 2016 meeting. We are waiting to hear when the new facility will be available for our meetings and hope to reschedule the meeting for February, if possible. We will update the website and notify everyone as soon as we are able. Thanks for your patience and we look forward to seeing you in 2016 at our meetings.

(ISC)2 Austin Chapter President’s 2015 State of the Chapter Address

Hello everyone!

I hope that 2015 has found you well, happy and prospering professionally. 2014 was a good year for the Chapter, more than doubling our membership and adding to the Chapter coffers with valued sponsors such as Cisco, and We hosted six meetings on subjects ranging from cloud security to IPv6 and had a very successful membership drive at SDLC (thanks Tabitha and Louisa for working that!). At our year-end meeting, we held our biennial election where there was a passing of the guard from our Co-founder and President, Forrest Foster, to myself so Forrest could pursue career opportunities on the West Coast. Other elected Board members include Louisa Hoberman, elected as Vice President and Director of Operations, Dennis Sutherland as Treasurer and Tabitha Greiner as Director of Community Outreach and Sponsorships; all were reelected to two year terms. A Board newcomer, Jim Kaiser, was elected as Secretary. Bart Lauwers will continue to fulfill his duties as Director of Technical Operation and Membership Chair after being appointed last year by the Board. Congratulations to the new Board and a hearty thank you to all outgoing members. I look forward to leading the Chapter in 2015 and 2016 with you.

At year’s end, our chapter had $5,123.11 in the bank, having spent $1,700 and brought in $1,200 during the year. At our first Board meeting of 2015, we voted to set a schedule of Chapter meetings or 2nd Monday nights. We’ll plan on meeting alternate months with the option to schedule additional Monday night meetings, depending on the speaker availability. We believe this will make things a little more predictable and allow people to schedule them far ahead of time. One of our meetings will be Monday April 13, 7PM at the offices on 360 near 183 we will present Kevin Dunn of iSec Partners. Kevin will be speaking on “Breaking into a Company: Attacker Modeled Pen testing and Red Team Projects.” It sounds like it will be an interesting evening, and evites will be going out with additional details. Chapter meetings will be held on June 8th, August 10th, October 12th, with topics and speakers to be announced. The final meeting is our year-end party on December 14. We hope to present additional topics such as Privacy and the NSA, Cloud Security, IT governance, and other information security topics.

Check the website for updates, and we will also be sending the usual EventBrite invitations to all meetings. If you are not getting these invitations, please notify our membership chair, Bart Lauwers at so that he can update the membership rolls with your information. Or, if you are getting them in error, let us know and we will remove you. If you have an idea for an event or topic to be covered at a meeting or even better yet, a speaker to present, please let me know. We are always looking for interesting topics and speakers from our membership. Also, members are asked to attend at least 3 meetings a year if they wish to continue their free membership status. And with that, I’ll end the State of the Chapter address. Looking forward to seeing you at our meetings this year.


Tony Howlett, CISSP, GSNA
President, (ISC)2 -Austin Chapter

DEFCON 22 Wrap-up

For those of you who couldn’t make it this year, here is a quick highlight reel of the standout events at this year’s DEFCON event. DEFCON started out as an informal gathering of hacker types in Las Vegas 22 years ago and has grown now to over 14,000 attendees from all walks of life and professions. Continue reading “DEFCON 22 Wrap-up”

Welcome Letter to New Members

Members who joined the (ISC)2 Austin Chapter recently received a welcome letter, explaining the free membership policy for one year, the planned Chapter Continue reading “Welcome Letter to New Members”

Secure SDLC sponsored by (ISC)2 Austin Chapter

This year’s (ISC)2 Secure SDLC was co-sponsored by the Austin Chapter and (ISC)2 National and held on June 11th at the Hilton.  The chapter hosted a table and engaged with many attendees about the program, distributing a Continue reading “Secure SDLC sponsored by (ISC)2 Austin Chapter”

(ISC)2 – ISSA to Collaborate


April 14, 2014

Dear Chapter Officer,

As a leading member of your local chapter, you understand the importance of collaboration and participation in activities that contribute to the advancement of the information security profession. Continue reading “(ISC)2 – ISSA to Collaborate”