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Welcome to the Middle Tennessee Chapter of ISACA

Our aim is to sponsor local educational seminars and workshops, conduct regular chapter meetings, and help to further promote and elevate the visibility of the IS audit, control and security profession throughout Middle Tennessee.

Chapter News

Joint Event with ISC2 - BlockChain Part II

Please join us on December 6th from 11:30am to 1:00pm for the second 2017 joint meeting of ISACA and ISC2 discussing Blockchain technology which will be adopted in many industries and impact the practice of cyber security. Come learn more during part 2 of the fundamentals of Blockchain, its potential applications in cyber security area, and potential hacks. See the Eventbrite page for additional details.

Joint Event with IIA - Using Security Analytics to Improve IT Operations

The ISACA Middle Tennessee Chapter would like to invite you to our next chapter meeting along with Nashville IIA Members. The topic of our meeting will be on Security Analytics. The meeting will be held Nov 3rd from 11:30-1:45 at the Tennessee Banker's Association in Nashville.

IT security practitioners, IT auditors, and administrators need to be able to collect, track, and analyze incredible amounts of security analytical data, logs, and alerts from a plethora of systems and devices. The amount of data is invariably overwhelming - and we need to sift through it all and produce usable intelligence to protect the environment, report on regulatory compliance, and help the Executive Staff effectively plan and invest in the proper security resources, tools, and controls - both now and in the future.

In the meeting, we will present how to take raw security data and turn into verified, actionable intelligence - and how to use that intelligence data to produce Security Mitigation Effectiveness analytics that will clearly show how well your security tools are working for you, where you need improvement, and how to get predictive on when your security solutions will approach Imminent Obsolescence. We will then present a framework on how to effectively use these techniques to present to Executive and Board levels of your organization.

Auditing Microsoft SQL Server Training

On October 19th and 20th, come join us for training on "Auditing Microsoft SQL Server." Preparing for an IT audit of Microsoft SQL Server can be a daunting challenge. Who has access to key critical resources? Are mission-critical databases routinely backed up and appropriately maintained and updated? Are the database systems configured properly? Successfully answering these questions can be the difference between a passed or failed audit.

In this hands-on, 2-day session, we'll learn how to effectively prepare for an audit that involves Microsoft SQL Server. We’ll explore the different components of Microsoft SQL Server and how to effectively discover who has access to protected resources through logins, users, and roles. We'll also scrutinize backup and restore policies to ensure information is periodically backed up. Lastly, we'll learn to use built-in tools of Microsoft SQL Server, including pointing-and-clicking as well as writing scripts to collect configuration information.

Who should attend? IT auditors who perform audits on Microsoft SQL Server databases such as Microsoft Dynamics GP or CRM will benefit from this training by learning how to better request and seek out the necessary information. IT professionals who work for organizations that seek to be compliant with industry regulations or strengthen internal controls will learn how to better configure and manage their environments. They will also discover how to be better prepared for IT audits.

Speaker Bio: Joe Webb is a partner for The SERO Group, a Nashville-based SQL Server consulting company. He has over 22 years of industry experience and has consulted extensively with companies from around the world in the areas of business process analysis and improvements, database design and architecture, and technical and leadership training. He is an eight-time recipient of the prestigious Microsoft Most Value Professional Award presented to a select few experts from around the world for sharing their expertise with the community. Joe also served for eight years on the Board of Directors for the non-profit group PASS, culminating his tenure as the Executive Vice President of Finance for the organization.

ISACA/ISC2 Joint Event: ISACA's CSX Program & Certification Track

Session Description: Cyber attacks are increasing in sophistication and frequency, yet the shortage of skilled technical professionals has continued to grow exponentially. How has this gap continued to widen, leaving organizations at risk? The workforce has been traditionally focused on a more generalized security education and compliance-based concepts versus advanced, technical cyber security training.

Organizations lacking skilled technicians are unable to handle inevitable breaches, properly detect and contain the damage, identify weaknesses in their environments and respond appropriately. Skilled cyber security professionals are hard to come by, and it’s even harder for employers to validate that they have the actual technical savvy and skill to do the job from day one.

ISACA Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) is designed to help fortify and advance the industry by educating, training and certifying a stronger, more informed workforce that can keep organizations and their information secure—now and in the future. CSX is the only “one-stop shop” for all things cyber security. You’ll find just the right guidance, training and educational events to meet your needs, no matter where you are in your career.

In this session, Don will lead a discussion on the CSX Certification path including the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate, the CSX Practitioner Certification, and the steps beyond. This will include a Q&A with a chapter member who passed the CSX Practitioner cert last year.

Fall 2017 Networking Breakfast

The ISACA Middle Tennessee Chapter would like to invite you to a networking breakfast event on September 21st at 8:00am at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville. This is a great opportunity to meet other IT Audit professionals just like you and expand your network. Breakfast and parking will be provided. Look forward to seeing you there!

2017 Certification Lunch

We will be celebrating everyone who has obtained an ISACA certification within the last year. The event will be at Amerigos on West End and lunch will be provided. If you haven't received an invite, please contact a board member and we'll provide you the registration information. Congratulations to all of those who have earned their ISACA certifications this year! Register today!

June Chapter Meeting: Auditing the Cloud

During our next chapter meeting our own Tim Agee (Mid TN ISACA President and Partner at Formos Consulting) and Keith Jackson (VP Middle TN ISACA and Manager at Formos Consulting) will host a panel of guest speakers. While still in development, we've confirmed Matt Edman, VP Internal Audit HCA Healthcare, Jabez Abraham, Cloud Security Architect, Asurion, and Kent Cunningham, Chief Technology Officer - Microsoft Federal Civilian Govt as panel members. We will be discussing the top of mind topics when performing an IT audit and evaluating IT risks inherent in cloud infrastructure, applications, and services. This topic should be of interest or relevant for anyone in IT Audit or Information Security. One hour of CPE will be provided. Lunch will be provided. Hope to see you there!

2017 Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of ISACA was held at Maggiano's Little Italy on Tuesday, May 9th. A three-course lunch was provided. We heard from several current board members as they reviewed chapter business from the past year, presented the new board for the next year, and reviewed plans for upcoming initiatives. Thanks for attending and making ISACA Middle Tennessee one of the best chapters in North America!

March Networking Breakfast

Come have breakfast at the Cool Springs Marriott with the ISACA Middle Tennessee Chapter. It's a great networking opportunity and breakfast is included! Register today as spots are filling up fast!

February Chapter Meeting

Our next chapter meeting will be Friday, February 24th at 11am. More information is coming soon, but the topic will be 3rd Party Risk Management. You can register here.

2017 CISA Review Course

The CISA review course will provide practical advice on preparing for the CISA exam and specific instruction regarding the job practice areas addressed by CISA as defined by ISACA® International. The format is primarily a review of the task and knowledge requirements for each CISA domain, including test questions with a discussion on the ‘correct’ answer to each question. Time is also allocated for examining the structure of a CISA question and discussing a generic approach to help identify the appropriate answer. As a bonus, the Middle Tennessee Chapter is providing each participant a copy of the current CISA Review Manual at no additional charge. If the participant prefers, the current CISA Review Questions, Answers & Explanation Manual can be substitute. To ensure delivery of the manuals prior to class, please register by March 20th. Register today!

November Training Event and Chapter Meeting

On November 3-4, the Middle Tennessee Chapter hosted two fantastic presentations featuring Steven Ross and Robert Parker from Risk Masters International. The first of these was a two-day training seminar on Data Privacy. Through lecture and hands-on case studies, the seminar introduced the principles, practices, legislation and governance of Personal Information Privacy. The seminar also covered the standards, methodologies and audit and review techniques for both business and Information Technology resilience and recoverability. The second presentation was held during our chapter meeting on November 4 in which Steve Ross presented current Hot Topics in IT Disaster Recovery. Thanks to Steven Ross and Robert Parker, Lipscomb University’s Spark Center for hosting the event, and all the members who attended!

Joint Event with Infraguard

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, we held a joint event with the local InfraGard chapter at Maggianos. The guest speaker was Ira Winkler, President of Secure Mentem and co-host of The Irari Report. Ira discussed Advanced Persistent Security principles and applied them to recent high-profile cyberattacks to demonstrate how even successful breaches can be contained to significantly reduce loss. Thank you to all who attended this event!

September Chapter Meeting

On Friday, September 9, 2016, we had our chapter meeting at Lipscomb University's Spark Center. A delicious meal was provided by Puffy Muffin. The guest speaker was Paul Luehr from Stroz Friedberg. Paul spoke about incident response and how businesses should react to critical threats such as stolen identifies, email fraud, and other targeting attacks. Paul was an engaging speaker and everyone seemed to enjoy the topic. Thanks for coming out and making the Middle TN chapter the best large chapter in North America!

2016 Certification Lunch

On Friday, August 19, 2016, our chapter hosted our annual luncheon to recognize our members who have recently obtained an ISACA certification. We had 29 members earn an ISACA certification this year! We had lunch at Amerigo to celebrate the occasion! What certification are you working on? We hope to see you at our awards luncheon next year!

CISA Training

During May and June, the ISACA board put on CISA Training covering the five domains in preparation for the June exam. The training took place at FDH Consulting and was well-received by all participants. Due to the positive feedback, there might be another training course offered for the December exam. Look for an update in the coming months!

2016 Annual Meeting

Our 2016 Annual Meeting will take place at Maggianos on Friday, May 6th at 11:00 am. We are pleased to announce Scott Augenbaum from the FBI as our speaker. More details will be coming soon, but mark your calendars!

AS/400 Training Event

On March 9-11, the Middle Tennessee Chapter hosted an IBM i security assessment training course at KraftCPAs in Nashville. The course was led by Dan Riehl, President and Security Specialist at the IT Security and Compliance Group, LLC. Through hands-on demonstration, the seminar provided a guided walk-through of assessment methodologies and techniques used by leading IBM i security experts. Mr. Riehl also provided many unique insights from his 20+ year career as an IBM i security leader. The course provided excellent hands-on training for individuals that perform IT audits and risk and vulnerability assessments on IBM i platforms. Thanks to Mr. Riehl, KraftCPAs for hosting, and all that attended.

2015 Chapter Recognition

The Middle Tennessee Chapter has been recognized as the 2015 North American winner for the prestigious K. Wayne Snipes Award for Best Large Chapter. This is the third consecutive year our chapter has received the award. These awards are a direct result of all the hard work our current and previous board members as well as our chapter members. The award will be officially presented at the 2016 Global Leadership Summit in Lisbon, Portugal on April 7-9th.

Winter 2015 Chapter Meeting

The Middle Tennessee Chapter held a joint meeting with the local ISC2 chapter on December 15th at Tractor Supply Company in Brentwood. We had a full house to hear Tim Agee and Jacob Arthur of FDH Consulting, who shared their thoughts on what organizations are missing in preventing information security breaches. Virtually every week now brings with it a new headline for "Largest Breach Ever", yet security spending increased 20% in 2013, almost 10% in 2014, and is expected to set records again in 2015. Tim and Jacob discussed lessons learned from high-profile breaches such as Target and Sony. They also highlighted how many organizations are missing the opportunity to implement low-cost but high-impact security controls that would reduce the likelihood of breaches. A copy of the slides can be found here. Thanks to all who came out and continually support our local chapter. We also want to thank the ISC2 chapter for helping coordinate this event and Tractor Supply Company for allowing us to use their facilities.

Fall 2015 Chapter Meeting

The Middle Tennessee Chapter held its quarterly meeting on September 4 at HCA headquarters in Nashville. We had a packed room come out to hear Andy Flatt, CIO of Corizon Health, share his thoughts on the keys for a successful relationship between IT Audit and IT Management. It was great to hear the perspective of a CIO on how to improve interactions with audit and how the two groups can work together to meet compliance objectives and to improve the overall organization. Thanks to all who came out and continually support our local chapter.

2015 Annual Chapter Meeting

The Middle Tennessee Chapter held its Annual Meeting on May 1, with a delicious lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Nashville. Our guest of honor, Rob Clyde from ISACA International, made his second presentation of the day, engaging the full audience of 90 members about “Dealing with a Cyber Future That is Already Here”. A big thanks to Rob for two great events on May 1st!

Chapter President Kevin Groom and Vice-President Tim Agee presented the chapter statistics and accomplishments for 2014 and raffled off some great prizes. Additionally, members in attendance voted in favor of the chapter bylaw changes and the new board for 2015 was announced:

  • President: Tim Agee
  • Vice President: Keith Jackson
  • Secretary: Ryan Stahr
  • Treasurer: Kenneth DeSouza
  • Certification Director: Duane Harper
  • Membership Director: Robin Lowe
  • Programs Director: Tonya Thepthongsay
  • Education Chair: Raju Pusapati
  • Webmaster / Social Media: Taylor Ezell
  • Research Director / CSX Liaison: Don Baham
  • Immediate Past President: Kevin Groom

Click here to go to the Members Only page where you can download both presentations from this event.

2015 Annual Meeting

Posted: May 19, 2015

May 2015 Networking Breakfast

On May 1, ISACA International Board Member Rob Clyde visited the Middle Tennessee Chapter for two great events. On the morning of May 1, the chapter hosted a Networking Breakfast at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs with about 15 members in attendance. Rob shared some updates from ISACA International, gave a motivating presentation about being an effective leader, and had an engaging Q&A session. It was a great way to start the work day for all who attended!

Posted: May 19, 2015

CSX North America Student Scholarship 2015

ISACA is excited to announce the unique opportunity for up to 50 students to receive a scholarship award to attend day two of ISACA’s CSX North America Conference on October 20, 2015 at the Marriott Wardham Park in Washington, DC!

This program offers students an opportunity to learn more about the cybersecurity profession, attend technical training sessions with those already in the workforce, observe the finals of our Global CyberLympics ethical hacking competition, and understand the CSX Fundamentals Certificate program. They can also attend many other exciting and innovative sessions, including a very special student-only session on Building Your Personal Brand with personal branding guru William Arruda.

For more information regarding the CSX North America conference or the student scholarship, please click here. Applications are due by May 15, 2015 with winners announced by June 30, 2015.

Posted: April 15, 2015

2015 North America Leadership Conference and Chapter Recognition

The Middle Tennessee Chapter was represented by Kevin Groom, Keith Jackson, and Ashley Spangler at the 2015 North America Leadership Conference in Orlando the weekend of March 14th. These conferences are held each year prior to CACS and offer chapter leaders an excellent opportunity to exchange best practices.

At the Saturday awards ceremony our chapter was recognized as the 2014 North American winner for the prestigious K. Wayne Snipes Award for Best Large Chapter. This is second consecutive year our chapter has received the award. These awards are a direct result of all the hard work our current and previous board members have made over the past several years. Other North American winners were Springfield (Small), Quebec City (Medium), and Denver (Very Large). See the ISACA press release for additional details.

Pictured above are Ashley Spangler, Keith Jackson, Rob Stroud (ISACA International President), and Kevin Groom.

Posted: March 29, 2015

January 2015 Chapter Meeting

The Middle Tennessee Chapter held its first quarterly meeting of 2015 on January 30 at Spark, Lipscomb’s Idea Center in Franklin. Lucie Hayward from Kroll Advisory Solutions shared stories of how she “fell into” a career in cybersecurity investigations and project management, and some profound lessons she has learned along the way from the most surprising characters… the Muppets! The presentation was interesting, engaging, and best of all, entertaining! The meeting was well-attended by over 60 members and guests. A special thanks to Lucie for speaking, Spark for hosting, and to all that attended!

Posted: February 19, 2015

Network Security Essentials Seminar

On Monday, December 15, and Tuesday, December 16, the Middle Tennessee Chapter hosted a Network Security Essentials seminar at KraftCPAs in Nashville. The instructor was Martin Green with the MIS Training Institute. The course delved into the basics of network security, including best practices for securing and auditing networks and devices. Mr. Green shared unique insights from his 20+ year career as an attorney specializing in computer technology, networking, and security. The course was a great foundations class for newer auditors and a nice refresher for the more experienced attendees. Thanks to Mr. Green, MISTI, KraftCPAs for hosting, and all that attended.

Posted: January 21, 2015

October 2014 Chapter Meeting

On Friday, October 31, the Middle Tennessee Chapter held its quarterly chapter meeting at Spark, Lipscomb’s Idea Center in Franklin. Over 65 members were in attendance to hear our very own ISACA Middle Tennessee Chapter members Tim Agee and Jacob Arthur speak on the 5 things you should be asking your Security Officer. Tim and Jacob gave some great insights for assessing an organization’s security infrastructure beyond simply testing for regulatory compliance requirements. The session generated some great discussion from the group and touched on many current events in Information Security. Thanks to all who made it out to the meeting!

Posted: November 11, 2014

Certification Recognition Lunch

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, our chapter hosted our annual luncheon to recognize our members who have recently obtained an ISACA certification. We are very proud to have 22 of our members accomplish the task of earning the CISA, CISM, CGEIT, or CRISC certifications this year! We had lunch at Amerigo to celebrate a job well done! What certification are you working on? We hope to see you at our awards luncheon next year!

Posted: September 15, 2014

August 2014 Chapter Meeting

The Middle Tennessee Chapter held its quarterly chapter meeting on Friday, August 8. Over 90 chapter members and guests were in attendance as FBI Special Agents Scott Augenbaum and Victor Rodriguez gave an update to the chapter on current cybercrime threats. They provided real-world examples from their investigations and stressed the importance of early detection and quick action in the event of an attack on an organization. Agent Augenbaum recommended the Mandiant M-Trends report as a good resource for knowing and understanding what the current threats are. You can request and download the Mandiant report here.

Posted: August 12, 2014

June 2014 Seminar

On Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6, the Middle Tennessee Chapter hosted the seminar, IT Auditing: The Next Step, featuring Rodney Kocot with Canaudit. During the two-day seminar, Rodney gave insightful tips and methods to help take audits and investigations to the next level. He used real-world “tales from the trenches” to illustrate how he has applied these methods in his investigations to uncover fraud and deception in various organizations. The seminar had great interest with the chapter and was well-attended. Thanks to Rodney and all that participated in the event.

Posted: June 18, 2014

2013 Communications Award Winners

ISACA's Chapter Support Committee launched the Chapter Communications Award in 2013 to recognize chapters that plan and execute great communication with their constituents. The initial awards were presented at the 2014 Global Leadership Conference in April. The Middle Tennessee Chapter along with the following chapters were recognized for their accomplishments.

2013 Communication Excellence Award winners:

  • Large Chapter: Athens
  • Very Large Chapter: Los Angeles

2013 Communication Commendations:

  • Small Chapter: Springfield, Missouri
  • Medium Chapters: Quebec City and Slovenia
  • Large Chapters: Middle Tennessee, Pune, and Vancouver
  • Very large chapters: Chennai, China Hong Kong, Denver, London, New Jersey, and South Africa

Posted: June 18, 2014

InfoSec Institute Discount Program

InfoSec Institute / Intense School is a national provider of Information Technology and Information Security professional development courses. InfoSec Institute offers 20% off to the Middle Tennessee ISACA community for any currently valid training program. Stay sharp on any of the following subjects: Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics, Microsoft, VMware, Cisco, and many others. You must provide proof of membership status to your enrollment specialist to receive the 20% discount. Also, check out our free IT training resources, updated daily with tutorials, videos and other free learning materials.

Posted: June 1, 2014

2014 Annual Meeting

The Middle Tennessee Chapter held its 2014 Annual Meeting on Friday, May 9th at Maggiano's Little Italy. Over 60 chapter members were in attendance as we reviewed highlights from the past year such as our increased outreach to local colleges and our recognition as a worldwide winner of ISACA's K. Wayne Snipes Award. Additionally, the following individuals were announced as members of the chapter's Board of Directors for the upcoming year:

  • President: Kevin Groom
  • Vice President: Tim Agee
  • Secretary: Cate Wilson
  • Treasurer: Kenneth DeSouza
  • Certification Director: Scott Crews
  • Membership Director: Tyler Golden
  • Programs Director: Tonya Thepthongsay
  • Education Chair: Josh Lewis
  • Marketing / Academic Relations: Ashley Spangler
  • Research Director: Don Baham
  • Webmaster: Keith Jackson
  • Young Professional Ambassador: Austin Scott
  • Immediate Past President: Matt Edman

If you were unable to attend, click here to view the meeting presentation.

Pictured above are board members Josh Lewis and Kevin Groom.

Posted: Posted: May 12, 2014

2014 Global Leadership Conference and Chapter Recognition

The Middle Tennessee Chapter was represented by Kevin Groom (President) and Ashley Spangler (Marketing Director) at the 2014 Global Leadership Conference in Las Vegas the weekend of April 25th. These conferences are held each year prior to CACS and offer chapter leaders an excellent opportunity to exchange best practices. Over 300 leaders from across the world were in attendance this year.

At the Sunday awards ceremony our chapter was recognized as the 2013 Worldwide Winner for the prestigious K. Wayne Snipes Award for Best Large Chapter. This award is a tremendous honor and is a direct result of all the hard work our current and previous board members have made over the past several years. Other worldwide winners were Estonia (Small), Quebec City (Medium), and South Africa (Very Large). See the ISACA press release for additional details.

Pictured above are representatives from the worldwide winning chapters: Winston Hayden (South Africa), Kevin Groom, Mari Seeba (Estonia), David Henrard (Québec City), Tony Hayes (ISACA International President), Yannick Berneron (Québec City), Serge Drolet (Québec City), Raymond Kene (South Africa) and Ashley Spangler.

Posted: May 2, 2014

April Training Event and Chapter Meeting

On Thursday, April 3rd and Friday, April 4th, the Middle Tennessee Chapter hosted two fantastic seminars featuring Nejolla Korris, CEO of InterVeritas International. The first of these was on Social Engineering, and highlighted the ways in which attackers can gather data and infiltrate organizations through human interactions. The second was on Linguistic Lie Detection, and focused on the basics of information gathering and techniques for interpreting the information you receive. Both sessions featured class discussion, breakout group activities, and case studies to reinforce the various elements of her presentation. On Friday, Ms. Korris also stayed around to speak at our second chapter meeting of 2014 on the topic of Ethics. All three of these events were at or near capacity, and we appreciate everyone who participated.

Posted: April 17, 2014

K. Wayne Snipes Chapter Recognition Award

We are excited to announce the Middle Tennessee Chapter has earned ISACA’s 2013 K. Wayne Snipes Award for the Best Large Chapter in North America. This award recognizes chapters that meet or exceed service goals by actively supporting local membership and, thus, the IT profession. Awards are given annually to the top chapter in four size categories - small (up to 100 members), medium (101-300 members), large (301-800 members) and very large (more than 800 members) - within each region of the world. The other 2013 chapter winners in North America were Boise (small), Quebec City (medium), and Greater Houston (very large).

The award will be formally presented at the 2014 Global Leadership Conference, held just prior to the North America CACS conference which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas in April. Worldwide winners will also be announced at the Global Leadership Conference.

All our members should be extremely proud of the hard work our chapter put forth to earn this distinction!

Posted: February 15, 2014

February Chapter Meeting

The Middle Tennessee Chapter held its first meeting of 2014 on Friday, February 7th. Attendees witnessed an excellent presentation from IBM’s Jeff Scheepers () regarding key steps to better big data protection. Jeff primarily markets IBM’s InfoSphere Guardium and Optim which focus on big data organization, protection, and valued use. Jeff’s presentation highlighted big data security breaches which have occurred in the past few years, including the recent Target breach with lessons learned to be applied going forward to improve an organization’s security and privacy posture. The powerpoint presentation for this event is posted on the Members Only section of our website. Thanks to all who made it out to the meeting!

Posted: February 12, 2014

2013 Central Region Leadership Conference

The Middle Tennessee Chapter hosted the 2013 Central Region Leadership Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center the weekend of October 25th. These ISACA-sponsored conferences are held yearly in each region and offer chapter leaders an excellent opportunity to exchange best practices and develop their leadership and management skills. Various chapters throughout the region bid to host the conferences and this is the second time the Middle Tennessee Chapter has hosted since 2009. Almost 30 leaders attended this year - from chapters as close as Birmingham, Alabama and as far away as Winnipeg, Ontario. Presentations during the conference included a discussion of marketing best practices and success stories led by Middle Tennessee board members Kevin Groom and Ashley Spangler. In addition to discussing the challenges of leading an ISACA chapter, the attendees enjoyed a group dinner aboard the General Jackson Showboat on Saturday night.

Posted: October 29, 2013

October Chapter Meeting

For our last quarterly meeting, the Middle Tennessee Chapter featured Winn Schwartau, CEO of the Security Awareness Company, speaking on "How to Make A Security Awareness Program....FAIL!" With over 30 years in the information security business, Winn presented a number of specific reasons and examples of why many security awareness programs are not successful. This was followed by keys on how to design an affordable and effective program. In addition to being informative, Winn's energy and humor made this a very enjoyable session.

Posted: October 15, 2013

Information Risk Management and Security Seminar

The Middle Tennessee Chapter hosted a training event in September focused on information risk management and security. This instructor for this event was John Pironti, President of IP Architects. John is a previous winner of ISACA's annual John Kuyers Award which recognizes individuals for major contributions in the development of global conferences and/or outstanding speaking achievements. He was also a keynote speaker at the MIS Training Institute's 2013 InfoSec World Conference & Expo. We were excited to have an individual with John's experience and reputation teaching a course in Nashville. The seminar explored the current state of information risk management and security and where it is evolving in order to continue to meet business requirements. Topics included the development of information risk management and security strategies, threat and vulnerability management, business resiliency, and metrics for risk management and security. Almost 40 individuals attended this two-day event, earning 16 CPE hours at a cost of only $299 for ISACA members.

Posted: September 10, 2013

Certification Recognition Lunch

On Thursday, August 29, 2013, our chapter hosted our annual luncheon to recognize our members who have recently obtained an ISACA certification. We are very proud to have 22 of our members accomplish the task of earning the CISA, CISM, CGEIT, or CRISC certifications this year! We had lunch at Amerigo to celebrate a job well done! What certification are you working on? We hope to see you at our awards luncheon next year!

Posted: September 10, 2013

August Chapter Meeting

The Middle Tennessee Chapter hosted their third chapter meeting of 2013 on August 22nd. Jason Curtis, an IS Audit Manager at HCA, discussed the increasing prevalence of mobile computing in the workplace and how information security and audit professionals can address the associated risks. The audience consisted of 61 individuals, both ISACA and non-ISACA members, with various backgrounds. Attendees received 1 hour of CPE.

Posted: September 10, 2013

Canaudit Training Session

The Middle Tennessee Chapter hosted its second training session of 2013 on June 13 and 14. Kevin Nibler of Canaudit returned to present Data Breaches: Paths and Preventions on the first day and Auditing IT: Identifying Exposures in Your Environment on the second day. Members and non-members had the opportunity to purchase tickets to each day individually or for both days at a reduced rate. We had 30 people attend the first day and 33 attend the second day. Each day offered 8 hours of NASBA Certified CPE.

Posted: July 02, 2013