President’s Message – 4Q18

As we enter into the fall and winter of the year, there seems always to be a time for reflection.  This reflection leads many of us to better understand where we are, where we are going, and what we are thankful for.

First of all, I need to thank each and every person who has served with me on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga chapter. The time and effort put in by all of those people have made my Presidency look good, and our chapter flourish!

I have been blessed to be a part of this chapter from the beginning.  Seven years ago we didn’t know if we were going to be able to make it work. But we have.

We have grown from that first meeting with about 10 people, to a chapter that regularly fields 50+ for our quarterly meetings, winning Chapter of the Year! That is all due to the support of the membership.  Those that serve on the Board and those who toil behind the scenes make everything come together.

So why am I bragging on all of you now? Well, this season is also a time of change.  To that end, changes are in store for the Chattanooga chapter of the ISSA.

I will be stepping aside as the chapter President at the end of the year. I have spent seven wonderful years in the position, and I think that it is truly time for some fresh blood. So this election cycle will see a new President installed, and I am sure that all of the members will support the new incumbent.

Because of this season of change, I think it is a good time to challenge all of you. What do you want the chapter to be? How is the chapter serving you, and how could it serve you better?  Is it time to get more involved and served in some capacity to make this the best chapter ever?

The ISSA is a great organization. Even if you choose not to serve, I have a challenge for you. Get out and make ISSA a household name. Today, I run into many Information Security professionals who have no idea what ISSA is, or how we are different from ISACA, ISC2 and others. Do you know?

If you cannot explain to others why ISSA is the preeminent association for Security Professionals, I challenge you to find out more about the ISSA, its rich history over the past 25+ years, and get comfortable with being able to represent it in your community!

I am not disappearing or anything like that.  I will still be around at Chapter functions and asking annoying questions of our speakers, but I look forward to serving in other roles than Chapter President.

Thank you all for your support of the chapter for these past seven years.  Let’s make sure that this chapter continues to be something we are proud of.  Serve as you can and as you like to make the chapter strengthen and grow.

Mark Williams