Dear IAPSC Members,
In order to increase networking opportunities by area of specialty, the IAPSC Board of Directors is proud to introduce IAPSC Interest Groups.
The Interest Groups will facilitate member relationship-building across areas of specialty and interest. They will provide new opportunities for IAPSC members to survey the needs of the membership in their specialized areas and discuss current topics, best practices and guidelines, challenges members are experiencing, and trends in the industry. These groups may also be a forum for collaborating on working group projects, seminars, and networking activities.
Each Interest Group will schedule quarterly 1-hour web-based audio/video conference calls, each with a specific agenda established in advance. Members will have the opportunity to call in and participate either by phone only or by audio/video connection via the Internet.
Each Interest Group will be headed by a Chair (or Co-Chairs) and serve a one-year term, as appointed by the IAPSC President. There will also be a Committee Chair of IAPSC Interest Groups, as a member of the IAPSC Education Committee, providing support and guidance for the Interest Groups.
The Interest Groups will survey their members for agenda items, set their agendas, and develop specific projects, such as contributing to the IAPSC Body of Knowledge. Potential agenda items include discussing surveys, research studies, benchmarking, best practices, and holding seminars and networking gatherings.
Members who are interested in participating in an Interest Group will need to respond to the invitation that comes via email.
The Interest Groups being introduced are:
• Cybersecurity (Jim Kelton and Michael Bacon, co-chairs)
Initial topics to be covered: NIST cyber security framework, security and privacy controls for federal information systems and organizations, data breaches, and international security considerations. The first audio/video conference call meeting of this Group takes place on Friday, July 17th at 9AM Pacific Time/12 NOON Eastern/5PM UK.
• Forensics and Security Management (Ken Wheatley and Norman Bates, co-chairs) At the kickoff meeting for this new Interest Group there will be a discussion to determine areas of interest that the Group can address for professional development and consulting/forensic needs. The first audio/video conference call meeting of this Group takes place on Friday, August 21st at 9AM Pacific Time/12 NOON Eastern/5PM UK.
SCHEDULE: All meetings are on the 3rd Friday of the month; 9AM Pacific Time/12 NOON Eastern/5PM UK) as follows:
July 17 – Cybersecurity
August 21 – Forensic and Security Management
September 18 – No meeting
October 16 – Cybersecurity
November 20 – Forensics and Security Management
December 18 – no meeting
January 15 – Cybersecurity
February 19 – Forensics and Security Management
March 18 – no meeting
April 15 – Cybersecurity
May 20 – Forensics and Security Management
June 17 – no meeting
Additional Interest Groups may be established if there is interest for one requested by the IAPSC membership and approved by the IAPSC President and Chair of the Education Committee.
Lynda Buel has been appointed to serve as Committee Chair for this IAPSC Interest Groups initiative. As such, she will become a member of the IAPSC Education Committee (chaired by Frank Pisciotta). She is also chair of the Annual Conference, April 17-20, 2016, at the Mills House in Charleston, SC. With her involvement here, topics of interest discussed at the Interest Groups can find their way into the topics offered at the Annual Conference.
Members will be receiving an email soon inviting them to join an Interest Group. Please reply by the deadline in the email to participate. Later, members will receive an email requesting agenda items for each Interest Group, and are asked to respond quickly to the Chair so that the agenda can be compiled and sent out to all at least 1 week prior to the call. Information to connect using your computer or your phone will be emailed out as well as posted in the Members’ Only section HERE.
If you have any questions about the initiative, contact me HERE.
Harold C. Gillens, PSP, CFC, CHS-III
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