ISSA-NOVA is back partnering with MACH37 to give their new set of startup groups a chance to try to pitch their technology.  For those that are unfamiliar with this,  MACH37 is a Commonwealth of Virginia program that coaches and angel-funds startup companies in the field of information security.  They spend several months training and guiding these new companies to help them learn how to run a business.  MACH37 then helps to focus their appeal to the market with the end goal of finding long-term funding as they bring their product to market.  MACH37 is currently training and funding seven start-ups to bring their security technology to market – many already have some level of product and possibly a limited customer base for their security solutions.  Our goal is to give our membership an opportunity to see what is coming up in the field of information security (while they are eating some food and before our main speaker goes on).  We have the following groups giving their “elevator pitches” at the October meeting:

Bijoti – Turnkey appliance to implement compliance requirements
Syncurity – Automation and process management for incident response activities
FireDrillMe – SaaS platform that mimics local network to train teams on incident response


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Doctoral Candidate Needs Your Help

We have a request from doctoral candidate who is seeking help from assurance and information security professionals with decision-making authority to help with a short survey. The University of Fairfax student’s exploratory research seeks to investigate possible factors that may influence the adoption of IPv6. The survey is completely voluntary and is broken down into two data collection efforts:  July 31, 2014 to August 14, 2014 and August 22, 2014 to September 5, 2014.  Here is a link to the short survey link: If you have any questions, you can contact the student directly at

If the requirements are applicable to you, consider taking a few minutes to help out. Please spread the word, as we all know how difficult it sometimes can be to crowd source for research. 

Thanks and hopefully see you Thursday at Clyde’s!

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Upcoming Topics

One of the big advantages of being in the Northern Virginia area is the multitude of opportunities that we have to find speakers.   Every five or six months, some of the board members get together, we gather up the past meeting RSVP comments/requests (yes, we read them), and come up with new topics and ideas for upcoming speakers.  The thing about this area is that we often need to get on speaker’s calendars months ahead of time… and also reserve conference rooms months ahead of time.  Right now, we have a long list of names and topics, and are seeing if we can put together another panel (or maybe two) and maybe get speaker confirmations for the next 6 months or so.

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Introducing the NEW ISSA NOVA Blog!

Hi all! Welcome to the brand new ISSA NOVA blog. I, personally, must say that I’m very excited for this. It shows that we, as not only a board but as an organization, are taking the next step to creating a well-informed and connected community among our members.

Expect a couple different things to be seen here. We’ll obviously be sharing chapter news and events, but I’d also like to keep you informed of what’s happening in the inner workings; what the board is planning and working on for our membership. I’d also love to share your accomplishments and news. So please, if you are working on a new project, or have anything you’d like to share, please reach out to me anytime and I’ll work with you on getting it listed here. My direct email is

Again, I’m thrilled to give you all yet another resource to turn to and build a better sense of community within our membership. Looking forward to continuing to grow together!

Megan Horner
VP of Marketing

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