The Information Systems Security Association Northern Virginia Chapter (ISSA-NOVA), chartered in August 2002, represents one of the fastest-growing technology corridors in the nation. We are a member-focused organization whose goal is to ensure that its membership keeps abreast of the most recent information pertaining to IS topics and issues. Monthly meetings address diverse subjects ranging from technology to policy perspectives, and delivery formats include informative presentations, tag team efforts, and panel discussions.

ISSA-NOVA received two Prestigious Service Awards from ISSA International, including the 2004 Chapter of the Year and the 2004 Communication Program of the Year. This marks the first time a single chapter was awarded both recognitions.

We are proud to acknowledge these service awards and hope that it will lead to even greater efforts in service to our growing Chapter membership. ISSA-NOVA was designated Chapter of the Year, ‘a prestigious recognition that the association bestows upon a chapter in recognition of their contribution to the ISSA and their community.’ Normally the award is based upon three years of accomplishments. This is the first time that the award has been presented based upon only two years of activities. In addition, ISSA each year recognizes one of its chapters with the President’s Award for Communication Program of the Year, ‘prestigious recognition that the association bestows upon a chapter in recognition of their contribution to the ISSA and the Security Profession through the use of a chapter’s efforts to communicate with its members both with its newsletter and website.’

If you are a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), each Chapter meeting is worth two CPE credits toward continuing certification. There are also opportunities to assist in Chapter activities through committee work and Chapter-related events to earn additional CPE credits. In addition, one of the Chapter’s most popular offerings is free or greatly reduced rates on certification training, security conferences and seminars, and other educational events. The Chapter also supports the community and the security profession with the award of several scholarships each year to deserving area students studying toward advanced degrees in Information Security.

Join us at ISSA-NOVA, and you will unite with the thousands of other IS professionals who together serve as the voice of the IS profession. Our Chapter is open to all IS professionals and anyone considering a move into the IS profession. As a member, you will be up-to-date on the latest IS issues, collaborate with other area IS professionals, and share your experiences and successes.

In addition, the networking and training you receive through active membership may help identify potential career and business opportunities. Dues for International Membership are $95 per year; chapter dues are $25 per year, for a total of $120 per year. Dues for student memberships are $30 per year. If you are already a member of ISSA and want to join or transfer to our Chapter, you can do so for $25, which will cover the cost of Chapter membership until your National Membership comes up for renewal.

Guests are always welcome and may attend one free meeting. After attending one free meeting, guests need to apply for either a trial or general membership. Trial members may attend a maximum of three free meetings. An ISSA membership application can be found at the ISSA International Website, make sure to select VA – Northern Virginia Chapter as your chapter affiliation – www.issa.org.