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.

Sept 22nd Chapter Meeting

Posted by NB Thursday, September 22, 2022

Latest DDoS Trends and the Ransom-Driven Attacks

Topic summary:

Following areas will be covered:
Ransomware Attack Trends
Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS)
Ransom + DDoS
Basic Security Hygiene


Naeem Babri is a Cyber Risk Manager at T-Mobile with a day-to-day focus on risk assessments, information security, and security controls. Naeem has been a member of the ISSA KC for last 10 years. His strong knowledge base of security, project management, and IT operations and support has led to various roles at Sprint/T-Mobile. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Thursday, Sept 22nd

Noon to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual/Zoom (Link in the registration email)

August 25th Chapter Meeting

Posted by NB Thursday, August 4, 2022

Please join us on August 25th at Lidia's restaurant.
Topic: Educating your Guesses: How to Quantify Risk and Uncertainty in Cybersecurity
Summary: Asking for a budget and justifying spend in cybersecurity departments can be a difficult task due to limited data and a high uncertainty of future events. This talk will dive into quantitative risk analysis as it relates to cybersecurity: how to model uncertain events and understand financial risk. Attendees will see a first-hand demonstration of how quantitative modeling can be used to communicate risk and understand ROI. Attendees will walk away with the tools needed to present cyber risk as a dollar amount that can be easily understood by other business decision-makers at their company.

Speaker Bio: Sara Anstey is a Data Analytics Manager at Novacoast who is passionate about empowering businesses to use everyday data to make strategic business decisions. She believes that the intentional adoption of a data-driven culture can be a key differentiator to companies in today's security climate. Sara has experience in custom web development, risk quantification, data analytics, business intelligence, and applied statistics.

Date: Thursday, Aug 25th
Time: Check-in: 11:30 to Noon
Presentation and lunch: Noon to 1:00pm
Location: Lidia's Restaurant, KCMO

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FutureCon - Cyber Secuity Conference

Posted by NB Thursday, July 28, 2022


Wednesday, August 10, 2022 CT

Live in Person @ The Venue in Leawood

        Parking and Direction          

Free for ISSA KC members,  Promo Code ISSA      

In Person | Virtual | Hybrid

Earn up to 10 CPE credits


July 28th - Chapter Meeting

Posted by NB Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Please join us on July 28th for Chapter meeting.

Topic: Top Active Directory Attacks and How to Prevent Them

As the most broadly deployed identity service in the world, Active Directory is a lucrative target for cyberattackers. Ransomware-as-a-service groups including Conti and LockBit 2.0 have become increasingly adept at finding and exploiting security gaps in Active Directory. In this session, Alexandra Weaver, Semperis Solutions Architect, discusses the most common AD security vulnerabilities she encounters in her work with customers, how attackers take advantage of those gaps with examples from recent attacks, and how you can harden your AD security posture to prevent attacks.

Key takeaways:

· Common AD vulnerabilities that attackers exploit, grouped into five categories: account security, AD infrastructure, Group Policy, Kerberos, and AD delegation
· How malicious actors compromised AD in well-known attacks such as Colonial Pipeline
· How you can identify and proactively close security gaps in your AD environment

Speaker Bio
: Alexandra Weaver
Alexandra Weaver has twenty years’ experience supporting Active Directory in a wide variety of organizations, from government to some of the world's best-known companies. After 8 years supporting the Bureau of Land Management's Active Directory, she moved to Intel to support their worldwide corporate and manufacturing forests. After some time in financial services IT, she moved to Nike where she also supported their worldwide production forest. Her experience has included merger & acquisition projects where she migrated newly acquired companies into an existing Active Directory infrastructure, an Identity and Access Management implementation & migration project, upgrading domain controllers and associated downstream dependent applications and providing Active Directory support. Active Directory is Alexandra’s first tech passion, and she enjoys deep diving into it as associated technologies continue to evolve.

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