Silicon Valley ISSA Chapter

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.

Our chapter is comprised of over 250 Silicon Valley Information Security Staff, Consultants, Managers, Executives, and other business professionals. Our members come from Small Businesses and Fortune 100 companies. Our demographics are diverse, yet we share the common thread that we understand the criticality of Information Security as an enabler of today's key business objectives and the improvements that will come tomorrow.


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 11:30

Over 90% of security executives reported that manual and informal processes between Security & IT hindered their security incident response capabilities.  Come join your peers to discuss security incident response best practices and how response teams are optimizing their response practices to compress the time to identify and contain security incidents and vulnerabilities.

Latest News

In Remembrance of Jim Carr – ISSA Silicon Valley Chapter Director of Education

James Carr

James Carr passed away on the morning of July 8, 2016, in his home at the side of his wife, Barbara. Surviving family include James Carr, Jr.,, Jennifer (Jeffery) Puente, Richard (Guin Ashley) Orberg, Susan (Josh) Guest and 8 grandchildren.

James served as a security analyst in the Army for 10 years during the Vietnam War era. He received the Bronze Star twice for his work in identifying enemy combatants by detecting patterns in the frequency of intercepted radio communication.

His career included periods at IBM, Globalstar, and the NSA where he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. James spent 17 years working at Lockheed Martin as a Systems Security Engineer before retiring in 2014. He spent his evenings as a part-time professor at UC Santa Cruz and De Anza College which he continued until the end of his life. He was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Security Association International, a distinction given to only 1% of members.

He enjoyed teaching, playing with his Dachshunds and Italian Greyhounds, traveling to France and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed reading fiction, history and cryptography—it was not uncommon for him to read two entire books in a single night.

December 13, 1944 - July 8, 2016

A brief tribute video.


27K: The Security Summit for the Americas

27K: The Security Summit for the Americas will bring experts in the ISO/IEC 27001 standard together with those who are on the front lines of international IT security to promote the standard in the US and the Western Hemisphere. The 27K Summit will help you come up to speed on ISO/IEC 27018:2014, an updated set of requirements for companies that operate in a public cloud computing environment. You’ll also learn how these standards fit within the recent National Cybersecurity Framework—important for American companies that safeguard critical infrastructures. Organizations doing domestic or international business will soon face new IT security certification requirements. The 27K Summit will help you understand these evolving requirements. The conference is being held on 9/26-28 at the South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080.  Additional information can be found at


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