Welcome to ISSA KC

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. Through its membership, ISSA -Kansas City helps security professionals in the Kansas City area learn of information security issues and trends, which promote education, collaboration, and leadership, and further the information security profession.

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. Through its membership, ISSA -Kansas City helps security professionals in the Kansas City area learn of information security issues and trends, which promote education, collaboration, and leadership, and further the information security profession.


Board of Directors - Kansas City


Naeem Babri, President - president@kc.issa.org

Naeem Babri, 2014 ISSA-KC Chapter President, is currently a Risk Manager with Sprint. His day to day focus is on risk assessments, information security, privacy, and SOX controls. He has been a member of the Corporate Security team for since 2011. He has been in Kansas City for some time and is active in local community.  He held various positions over the years. He has strong background in Security, Project Management, and IT Operations & Support. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Resource Management and Bachelor in Mathematics and Computer science.

Dan Boeth, CISSP, Events Director - events@kc.issa.org

Dan Boeth, 2013 ISSA-KC Chapter Vice President, has enjoyed a wide variety of experience in his career, enabling him to see security and compliance issues from multiple viewpoints. His work at Capitol Federal Savings and then at Merck & Co.’s pharmaceutical research labs in the ‘80’s included application development, LAN/WAN construction, and even physical security where highly sensitive data was at stake. In the 1990’s, Dan was MCI’s first field engineer for commercial Internet services in the Central USA, then a co-founder of Secure Network Group, helping many large companies connect to the outside world for the first time, set up email and web services, and implement security systems. He was Radware’s product manager for intrusion prevention covering the west side of the planet, then focused on business continuity and application delivery at Brocade before joining Citrix as a security/compliance salesperson. Dan has participated in or spoken at 9 ISSA chapters across the USA, and has served several times as an officer in the Kansas City Chapter over the last 15 years. 

Gary Gretzer, Treasurer  treasurer@kc.issa.org

Gary Kretzer has been a member of the Kansas City chapter of ISSA since 2006. Gary volunteered in the chapter meetings at check in, and he began his leadership role with ISSA by serving as Chapter Secretary from 2007 to 2013. Gary was elected the position of Treasurer for 2016. Gary is currently a Security Engineer for The University of Kansas Hospital on the Identity Management (IdM) Team. He manages identities for Hospital, University, & Contractor accounts for over 8,000 users. Gary has a Bachelor’s Degree from DeVry University in Telecommunications Management, and earned his CISSP in December 2006. Gary has worked in the Federal, Legal, Software Development, and Healthcare verticals. In 2013 Gary was accepted into the ranks of ISSA Senior Member Program, which recognizes sustained membership and contributions to the information security profession. 


JoAnn Fisher, Board Advisor 
 advisor@kc.issa.org

JoAnn Fisher has been a member of ISSA for 17 years. She began her leadership role with ISSA by serving as president in 2000 and 2001. Last year JoAnn was accepted into the ISSA Fellow Program which recognizes individuals for: Commitment to leadership and involvement with ISSA; Leader in the information security community; Engagement in appropriate debate and discussion; A visionary and strategic thinker; and establishment of new and innovative programs within their sphere of influence. JoAnn is currently a Security Solution Architect for Capgemini and develops security solutions for potential and existing clients. JoAnn has a Master’s Degree from Keller Graduate School of Management in Telecommunications Management and a Master’s Degree from Pittsburg State University in Human Resource Development. JoAnn holds the following certifications: CISSP, CISA, PMP, CISM, CGEIT, ITILv3, and ABCP. 

Cheryl Cooper, VP and Newsletter Editor - secretary@kc.issa.org

Cheryl Cooper has over 20 years of privacy, education and information security experience, assists organizations of all sizes with their information privacy, security risk management, and regulatory compliance programs. Cheryl has a Master of Business Administration and a Masters in Criminal Justice with a pecialization in Cybercrime. She is currently a Network/IT Security Risk Manager with Sprint Corporation. Cheryl has experience as an Adjunct Professor teaching Business, Network Principles, and IT Security course curriculum.  Knowledgeable of innovative, creative teaching and learning methodologies for post-secondary students.  Before joining Sprint she was a member of the United States Navy. Over the course of her career she has been awarded many certificates of excellence. 

Carmen Banks, Director of Programs -  programs@kc.issa.org

Carmen Banks is an Information Security and risk management professional.  She has extensive experience managing professionals in the maintenance of systems to protect data from unauthorized access.  Experience includes HIPAA-PHI, risk management, and application security by implementing and managing application security assessment software and providing security input into development projects for new systems, networks and products. She has extensive experience developing information security policies and procedures, conducting risk assessments to validate compliance to security policies and regulatory requirements, enterprise securityawareness and education, building a secure infrastructure, responding to incidents, conducting investigations and caring out periodic reviews to verify levels of compliance with the Information Security policies and standards.  Experience includes developing, implementing and maintaining all aspects of a progressive Information Security Risk Management program.

Thomas Badgett, Webmaster -  webmaster@kc.issa.org

Thomas Badgett, 2016 ISSA-KC Chapter Webmaster ,  joined Security PS in 2005 and serves as Director of Professional Services.    Thomas leads the various information security consulting practice areas and ensures the delivery of Security PS services adhere to the high-est professional standards. His extensive project management background and leadership abilities have allowed the firm to consistently deliver client projects on-time and on-budget. In addition to leading the consulting practice areas and managing key client relationships, Thomas has lead several key company initiatives that have allowed the firm to grow revenues and profitability.  Prior to joining Security PS, Thomas served various technical and leadership roles in application development and account management. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business and Marketing from Kansas State University and earned a MBA degree from Baker University.

Rochelle Boyd - Secretary of the Board - secretary@kc.issa.org
Rochelle Boyd is the Technology Audit Manager at Johnson County Community College, where she’s been employed for ten years.  She received her Master’s Degree from Regis University and earned her CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification in 2004 and has over 16 years' experience in the information security field.  She has worked in the Oil/Gas, Financial, Technology, and Higher Education industries.  She enjoys helping others helping others secure their information and during her off time she enjoys spending time with her family.  
 

Wei Cheng - Director of Membership  -  membership@kc.issa.org

WS Cheng, CISSP, CISA, CISM, I am currently employed at Bats Global Markets as a Security Analyst. I am interested in all facets of computer engineering, and I am especially drawn to enterprise system architecture, complex system management, and network security. He studied animation and made a few animations that were screened at different venues around the world, including Belgium, France, Canada, China, Switzerland, and Spain. I am a fan of emerging technology. He holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Engineering.WS Cheng, CISSP, CISA, CISM, I am currently employed at Bats Global Markets as a Security Analyst. I am interested in all facets of computer engineering, and I am especially drawn to enterprise system architecture, complex system management, and network security. He studied animation and made a few animations that were screened at different venues around the world, including Belgium, France, Canada, China, Switzerland, and Spain. I am a fan of emerging technology. He holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Engineering.

Larry Dilley - Director of Education  -  certification@kc.issa.org

Melissa Salazar, Director of Social Mediasocialmedia@kc.issa.org



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May 2017 Chapter Meeting
Thursday, May 25th, 2017

June 2017 Chapter Meeting
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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