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Alamo ISSA August 2023 Quarterly Meeting

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – The RIM 17603 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78257


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Alamo ISSA August 2023 Quarterly Meeting + Happy Hour

August 15, 2023 | 12:00 pm to 4:30pm

Maggiano's Little Italy - The Rim

17603 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78257


Register today:

For CPE submission, be sure to include your (ISC)2 number when signing up. Student member inquiries, please contact our Alamo ISSA Chapter Student Member Representative: John Lee


 | Quarterly Meeting Agenda:

  • 11:30a - Doors Open
  • 12:00p - Meeting Begins /  Welcome Announcements / Standing Chapter Business 
  • 12:15p - Maggiano's Lunch Served
  • 1:05p - Scott Parker, Proofpoint
  • 2:10p - Rhonda Johnson, Microsoft
  • 3:10p - Break
  • 3:25p - John B. Dickson, CISSP
  • 4:20p - Door Prize Drawings (must be present to win)
  • 4:30p - Closing Remarks / Meeting Adjourns & Networking Mixer Begins (4:30p - 6:30p)

 | Mixer Sponsors 

Blackbox and Optiv

Speaker Data

Scott Parker, Proofpoint, Sr Systems Engineer

Scott is an Information Systems Security Association Distinguished Fellow with 30+ years of strategic and tactical information security experience across multiple domains.  Scott joined Proofpoint in August 2021 as a Sr Systems Engineer protecting people, data and brand against advanced threats and compliance risks.

Scott will summarize the 2023 Proofpoint Human Factor and Voice of the CISO reports. A few highlights include:

  • Emotet came back in a big way, topping the attack campaign charts again with more than 25 million messages
  • Novel distribution pushed SocGholish into the top-five malware by message volume
  • At peak, MFA-bypass accounted for more than a million messages per month
  • Telephone-oriented attack delivery (TOAD) messages peaked at more than 13 million per month
  • Conversational attacks via mobile devices grew twelvefold
  • Office macro use collapsed after Microsoft rolled out controls to block them
  • 94% of cloud tenants are targeted every month

Rhonda Johnson, Microsoft

Rhonda Johnson is a Senior Data and AI Solution Specialist at Microsoft, where she serves as a trusted advisor to some of Microsoft's largest global customers as they ideate and build innovations with Azure Data and AI services. She has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry in various roles before joining Microsoft including serving as the Director of Cryptology and Boarder Controls at Xerox, Director of Global Innovation at Xerox, and Global Director of Data Center Engineering Services at CompuCom. She has deep experience in security, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and mixed reality. Rhonda is passionate about empowering companies with the solutions, tools, and skills they need to succeed in the digital age. She holds many certifications including MCSE, MCT, LSS-BB, CISSP and a BS in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement from the University of North Texas.

Abstract: Responsible AI - including how Microsoft approaches AI by striving to ensure that it is used in a manner which is ethical and trusted. We do this with our six guiding principles of Responsible AI:

  • Fairness
  • Reliability & Safety
  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency
  • Accountability

Open AI - including the difference between Open AI and Azure Open AI and Azure Open AI is built to align with our six guiding principles of Responsible AI.

John B. Dickson, CISSP

Media coverage about artificial intelligence might be reaching a saturation point with coverage ranging from euphoria to dystopia. While industry analysts say we might be at an inflection point with AI, many security practitioners struggle to communicate a coherent AI strategy. The session will address many challenges, including what are the types of internal projects that lend themselves to an AI approach? What are concrete actions should you take to prepare for the AI-driven attacks of the future? How do you address the AI learning curve both personally and professionally to meet this challenge? Today's session will tackle these and other timely issues involving AI and security.

John Dickson is an internationally recognized cybersecurity consultant, serial entrepreneur and civic leader who has over 25 years hand-on experience advising Fortune 500, public, and military clients on cybersecurity risk. John was a Principal at Denim Group where he and his colleagues grew the company until Denim Group’s successful acquisition by Coalfire in June 2021. In that role, John had direct P&L responsibility and directed the sales and business development efforts of the company and served on its Board of Directors. Prior to Denim Group’s successful exit, John led the $10m successful minority investment of Wipro in Denim Group in 2018.

A former U.S. Air Force officer, Dickson served in Operation DESERT STORM as an electronic warfare intelligence officer and command and control targeting expert. His service as an intelligence officer provides John a deep understanding of cybersecurity threats, particularly those that originate from nation states. John is a Distinguished Fellow of ISSA and Past President of its Alamo Chapter.

As a civic leader, John is Chairman of San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s Air System Development Committee, a blue-ribbon task force leading the $2.5 billion transformation of the San Antonio’s airport. John is also past Chairman of the Texas Lyceum, a statewide leadership group comprised of CEOs and elected officials that helps identify future leaders and provides a forum for a civil discussion of challenges facing the state.

Dickson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science degree from Trinity University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas in Austin. He is currently enrolled in MIT’s Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy Program. Dickson resides in San Antonio, Texas where he is married with two children.

Chapter Partners:
Our Alamo ISSA Chapter Partners, without their continued partnership, these great events would not be possible. 

A Big Thank You!

Gold Partners:

Arctic Wolf |

Security, Cloud Delivery, Performance | Akamai

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