Hello Members and Guests.

We hope you are having a great 2021. The Chapter meeting will be held on July 21, 2021 at 4pm Pacific Time. The presentation topic is "So You Wanna be a CISO?", led by Cecil Pineda (Senior Director, vCISO/GRC @CRITICALSTART). We look forward to our great members and guests to attending this meeting


The San Francisco Bay Area ISSA organization wants to thank everyone who attended as well as the groups that participated in the Technology Workforce Collaborative summit, techwc.org. If you were not able to attend, you can view the summit here,

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Chapter Virtual Meeting

July 21, 2021

When: July 21, 2021
Time: 04:00 PM Pacific Time
Presenter: Cecil Pineda (Senior Director, vCISO/GRC @CRITICALSTART)

Topic: So You Wanna be a CISO?

Meeting Agenda: (All times Pacific)

04:00 PM - 04:45 PM: Welcome/Meet & Greet
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM: Chapter Business
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: Presentation: So You Wanna be a CISO?

So You Wanna be a CISO?
This is a great question. For many years, Cecil aspired to be a CISO when the CISO term hasn’t been invented yet. He will share the various ways to get to that role including his own journey and experiences along the way. It is the aspirations of many security professionals, and not many of us get there and very few survive the stress and challenges of the job. Today, Cecil works with various CISOs and he helped many of his former staff and mentees get to this point but it’s not easy. Lots of sacrifices – time, effort, and a lot of patience. There is no single formula for success.

Speaker Biography
Cecil Pineda (Senior Director, vCISO/GRC @CRITICALSTART). 21 years in IT Security, Cybersecurity, and Data Privacy, twice as a CISO, multiple times as consultant, IT Auditor, Data Privacy Analyst, Vulnerability Manager and Application Security Manager and now working as a VCISO serving multiple clients. He is organizing a large CISO Conference in Dallas.
Cecil Pineda is currently the Senior Director and Program Leader for the VCISO and Consulting Practice at Critical Start. He also served as the CISO of DFW International Airport and also held leadership positions at GameStop, TXU Energy, Boeing and CVS Health.

How do I join ISSA?

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) International web site handles all new membership applications. Select "San Francisco (USA)" for your chapter affiliation, complete the form, provide payment, and submit. If you're ready to become a member or need to renew your membership, visit the ISSA Join Online page.

SFBay ISSA Board

President: Jimmy Sanders
Vice President: Patrick Huber
Programs Director: Kimberly Quan
Communications Director: Hakeem Oseni
Treasurer: R. Daniel Lee
Membership Director: Terry Quan
Recording Secretary: Shimon Modi

To contact all board members, please email:  board at sfbay dot issa dot org

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We want to thank everyone who attended and the groups that participated in the April 2021, Technology Workforce Collaborative summit. If you were not able to attend, you can view the summit here, https://youtu.be/Bl25cN4DPqw

The SF Bay ISSA partnered with the following groups the event,

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News & Events

The SF Bay ISSA chapter has held its 2021 board elections.
Congratulations to the elected SFBay ISSA Board Members.

Vice President - Patrick Huber
Treasurer - R. Daniel Lee
Membership Director - Terry Quan
Communications Director - Hakeem Oseni

Looking for Great Speakers

The SFBay ISSA Chapter is always looking for great presenters. If you or your company have a presentation or a topic of interest, please contact vicepresident [at] sfbay.issa.org with the proposed title, abstract, and speaker biography. The presentation cannot be a "sales/product pitch." However, it is okay for the speaker to take a minute or two to establish their expertise in the area and the company at which they work." The presentation should last no more than 45 minutes excluding a 10-15 minute question and answer session.

About the SF Bay Area ISSA Chapter


ISSA is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization providing a forum for education, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skills, and professional growth of its members. A goal of the ISSA is to promote the best practices that will ensure availability, integrity, and confidentiality of organizational resources. The purpose of the SF Bay Area ISSA chapter is to have a local venue for interacting with your colleagues in the security profession.

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