Chapter Newsletter - Winter 2018/2019
Holiday Member Social
12/12/2018, 4:30pm
Milo's Bocce Garden

Skating to the Puck to Improve Cybersecurity
1/15/2019, 7:30am
Rennaissance Airport
President's Message

Welcome to the Winter 2018/2019 Chapter Newsletter! During this holiday season, we are thankful for our chapter members and volunteers. We celebrate our success to date at the Top Golf kickoff social event, the student-focused round table discussion, and the highly rated cybersecurity and privacy presentation from David Hartley.

ISACA St. Louis has more great events on tap, literally and figuratively, including the free Holiday Social Event at Milo’s Tavern and Bocce Garden on December 12th and a cybersecurity presentation from ISACA International Board Director Gregory Touhill on January 15th.

Planning is nearly complete for a two-day CSX Penetration Testing Overview course in March 2019; however, your input is required to confirm sufficient interest and identify the best date. Please review the details below and respond accordingly.

Finally, Rebecca Harness represented our chapter at the ISACA Global Leadership Summit in Chicago and brought back important information concerning the future direction of ISACA International. Refer to the GLS section below for additional detail.


Robert Hof
ISACA St. Louis Chapter President

CSX Penetration Testing Overview Course

The chapter board is working to bring you a two-day CSX Penetration Testing Overview training course in March 2019. This expert instructor-led course will provide students with an introductory understanding of penetration testing and ethical hacking. Students will enhance their audit skills by working with real systems in real environments - the systems used in the course will leverage real vulnerability analysis and exploitation tools in a live environment. Upon completion, students will understand the overall concepts guiding penetration testing from a practical, hands-on vantage point.

The course will be offered at $349/person during early bird registration ($449/person full price). The course will be held at the MU Extension campus in Kirkwood, MO. Attendees will receive six months of access to the CSX Nexus virtual lab platform, a $250/person value. Attendees must be members of ISACA International and ISACA St. Louis. Light breakfast will be provided; attendees may bring lunch or walk to downtown Kirkwood restaurants for lunch. Attendees must bring a laptop computer to access browser-based CSX Nexus virtual lab environments during the course.

Interested parties are encouraged to reserve early bird pricing and indicate date preferences using this form. The course may be cancelled or substituted prior to beginning registration if sufficient interest is not expressed by chapter membership.

Global Leadership Summit
Every two years, ISACA chapters from around the world gather for the Global Leadership Summit to learn from each other and help set the direction of our international organization. Over 400 people representing over 80 chapters attended the three day convention, some traveling for 10-20+ hours!

Peter Weill, co-author of "What's Your Digital Business Model" provided the opening keynote, and really opened our eyes to how successful businesses are transforming for the digital economy while others are struggling with traditional business models. This ended up generating quite a bit of conversation, as many of us discussed how the demand for new audit and compliance skillsets will continue to grow and further stress the shortage of talent within our industry.

After a brief lesson on Chicago history, the national representatives jumped right in to engage all of us on the digital transformation ISACA must make to remain relevant in an ever changing world. They then took this opportunity to showcase "," the all new web site designed to engage, inform, and bring together our membership. If you haven't checked it out yet, I highly encourage you to. There are volunteer opportunities, and forums where you can brainstorm with other members and ask questions to a really broad audience. There are some pretty active discussions out there. Very much worth a look.

ISACA is also launching a dedicated web presence to support our 50th anniversary. Check out to learn more about our compelling history.

Speaking of web sites, there was a LOT of feedback about the national web site, and how difficult it was to navigate and engage with... especially for newcomers that may just be starting to learn about ISACA and GRC. There is a considerable effort going on to revamp that site, and we spent the next two days in brainstorming sessions to develop ideas for the national leaders.

Unfortunately, the feedback we received was that many of the changes would need to wait until a new CEO was named and able weigh in on the future direction of ISACA. In any event, major changes to our web presence and how ISACA engages with members new and old is likely to be a multi-year journey.

There are lots of exciting things on the way in the near-term though to help the local chapters, especially the smaller ones. A national committee was formed to create a number of initiatives to make running a local chapter easier and setting up new leaders for success. Most of it is expected to be delivered in 2019, but we have some training guides and other documents available to us now. 

All in all, it was a fantastic event and provided an opportunity to learn from and engage with other chapters around the world!

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