ISSA Los Angeles Promotes Diversity During 9th Annual Information Security Summit

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In addition to dedicated women in security and technology events, the conference boasts an amazing line-up of security and privacy expert speakers. Of the 22 break-out sessions, there are 7 panels, 8 male speakers and 7 female speakers.

ISSA Los Angeles Information Security Summit 8 - Women in Security Panel

ISSA Los Angeles Information Security Summit 8 - Women in Security Panel

By working with associations, colleges, government agencies and employers we hope to create an increased number of women achieving careers in cyber security. ~Deanna Boyden, Director, Community at SANS

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Information (ISSA-LA) is thrilled to announce that a considerable percentage of expert speakers for it 9th Annual Information Security Summit are top women executives representing information security, privacy, and other technology-oriented fields from around the world. It’s all part of the exciting ISSA-LA Security Summit scheduled to take place on May 18th - May 19th at the Universal City Hilton in California. Four all-day training classes kick things into gear on May 18, Summit keynotes, sessions, and the CISO Forum and Healthcare Privacy and Security Forum are slated for Friday, May 19th.

Beginning at 5:00pm on Thursday May 18th, ISSA-LA has partnered with SANS to bring you the SANS CONNECT: A WOMEN IN SECURITY AND TECHNOLOGY PANEL. The following panelists will be sharing their insights and experiences about joining and succeeding in the work of information technology and security: My-Ngoc Nguyen, Diane Delaney, Shea McHugh, Andrea Hoy, and Max Shuftan. This special event is open to all conference attendees, regardless of gender.

“SANS is pleased to partner with ISSA LA on this panel as part of our partnership with ISSA International,” said Deanna Boyden, Director, Community at SANS. “By working with associations, colleges, government agencies and employers we hope to create an increased number of women achieving careers in cyber security.”

Immediately following the panel, attendees will be treated to the SUMMIT 9 OPENING RECEPTION, where you can “Join your friends for cocktails, food, and networking under the stars…” The opening reception is open to all conference attendees, regardless of gender.

If you are interested in the panel and/or welcome reception, please register and reserve your spot as either part of your Training or Summit ticket package.

“Clearly the fields of Information Technology and Information Security have had a problem attracting and retaining women professionals. This must change!” said Richard Greenberg, ISSA Fellow and Summit Chair. “It is becoming particularly crucial not to just give women in our society the opportunities they deserve, but we must address the current and projected vast shortage of qualified IT and InfoSec professionals. The current men in these fields must be sensitized and welcoming of their female counterparts.”

The following day brings the full Summit where attendees will get to see and hear from these speakers:

  •     Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.
  •     Chenxi Wang, Board Member at Cyber Diversity Foundation
  •     Diana Kelley, Global Executive Security Advisor to IBM Security
  •     Debra J. Farber, Co-Founder of Women in Security and Privacy
  •     Eva Galperin, Director of Cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  •     Cynthia Stamer, Management & Regulatory Attorney at Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C.
  •     Yun-Kyung (Peggy) Lee, Deputy Regional Manager at US HHS Office for Civil Rights, Pacific Region – Los Angeles Field Office
  •     Valerie Thomas, Technical Support Specialist at SunBrite TV
  •     Suedy Renner, Principal Management Consultant at Vast Technology Solutions Group
  •     Erin Richards, Director of Risk Management at Oracle Corporation
  •     My-Ngoc Nguyen, CEO/Principal Consultant for Secured IT Solutions
  •     Jennifer Rathburn, Partner with Foley & Lardner LLP
  •     Deane J. Delaney, Worldwide Talent Manager for IBM Security
  •     Shea McHugh, Information Technology Professional
  •     Maria Ramirez, Head Deputy District Attorney at Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

Some of the topics we can expect to hear during the Summit include:

  •     American Spies, Modern Surveillance, and You.
  •     When Governments Attack: Malware Targeting Activists, Lawyers, and Journalists
  •     Digital Trust in the Era of Artificial Intelligence
  •     Defending the Enterprise Against Social Engineering Attacks
  •     HIPAA, OCR, Breaches, Audits and You!
  •     Supersized Cybersecurity Groundhog Day – Insights for Preventing 2016 From Repeating

There will be another women in security panel taking place on Summit day as well. Panelists inlclude: Suedy Renner, Chenxi Wang, Debra Farber, Jennifer Granick, and Erin Richards. We can expect a very diverse and different conversation during this panel compared to the SANS-led event the night before. Attendees will want to hear both to get the full picture.

For those that want to be directly involved in the conversation, we encourage those attendees join the lunch panel discussion on privacy and security taking place within the Healthcare Forum which is being led by Cynthia Stamer, and Jennifer Rathburn.

“I really enjoy being a part of a community that values women in technology and takes pride in providing an environment where women can share their expertise," said Alyssa Mason, Summit Director at ISSA Los Angeles.

While this collection of sessions and topics is geared to women, ISSA-LA is all about a diverse and open community; everyone, regardless of gender and experience level, is encouraged to attend and participate. Registration for the event is open to anyone interested in learning more about information security.

Finally, in the same spirit of welcoming all with a diverse and open mind, ISSA-LA is pleased to offer free admission to all military veterans who are in transition to civilian life and would like to explore the cybersecurity as a career. Please contact admin(at) for registration details.

There’s so much to do and the sessions are filling up fast. In fact, some training sessions are already sold out. So, don’t delay. Register today at

For a limited time, there’s an opportunity to save a bundle with one of the discounted promotional rates. But hurry, while the discount has been extended, these rates won’t last forever.

DISCOUNT - GENERAL ADMISSION: Sign up today to get the special discounted rate of $125 for May 19th only, the Summit Day, which includes the specialized forums. Plus, you’ll get to hear from our great lineup of speakers slated to open and close the summit. This sale ends on May 7th 2017. After this date, prices will increase to $175.

DISCOUNT - SECURITY TRAINING + SUMMIT: Want both the training AND the Summit day? We have four great full day classes at a ridiculously low price. Register today for only $375 for both days, May 18th and May 19th. You’ll have access to both the Training session you select and the Summit Day - which includes the specialized forums - for one low price! This sale ends on May 7th, 2017.

For more information on ISSA-LA Summit 9 and for registration details, please visit

About Information Systems Security Association (ISSA):
The Information Systems Security Association 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. The primary goal of ISSA is to promote management practices that will ensure availability, integrity and confidentiality of information resources. The Los Angeles Chapter meets on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information or to register, please visit: Join the movement today!

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