Event Highlights

October 21-22 Auditing Business Application Systems seminar

The Chicago Chapter Fall Seminar, Auditing Business Application Systems, on October 21-22, 2019 provided by MIS Training Institute was very successful. The instructor, Tom Salzman, did a terrific job keeping the attention and involvement by all the attendees through his enthusiastic training style. Tom presented real world examples of risk based auditing of business applications and then tied them back to the handout guidelines, checklists and audit programs provided throughout the two day seminar.

16 CPEs were earned by attendees.

Below are a couple of pictures from the seminar.

Bob Pardon- Seminar Director



ISACA Chicago had an educational and informative week partnering with
Cyber Security Summit USA for their 4th Annual Summit in Chicago focusing on educating attendees on how to best protect highly vulnerable business applications and critical infrastructure. Thanks to Megan Hutton and Bradford Rand for welcoming ISACA Chicago and our large passionate community!
Many thanks to
Lisa Villanueva, CPA, CRISC, CISA, PMP and Guru Naganat for helping me represent the ISACA Chicago Chapter. Sarah Reeser for her participation in her panel on educating CISO’s looking to migrate their infrastructure to the cloud, mitigating risk when managed appropriately. We look forward to following up with everyone we connected with and further involvement with our ISACA community! . . CyberSummitChicago ISACAChicago ISACA WeAreONE RiskManagement Compliance SecurityAwareness SheLeadsTech WomenInTechnology

Alexandra Scotoni
Sponsorship Strategic Account Manager at ISACA



August 20- SANS Women CONNECT 2019 Chicago

"Special thanks to SANS for hosting this year's WomenConnect 2019 in Chicago! ISACA's Chicago Chapter had the opportunity to connect with some driven and passionate professionals looking to raise awareness and resources for women, minorities, youth and veterans transitioning into cybersecurity. SheLeadsTech is excited to have dedicated women looking to get involved in the industry and provide the support needed to keep persevering. Shootout to Kyla Guru for the incredible keynote- always learning something new from the perspective of how our youth interprets security and privacy. Xena Olsen for her moving story on successfully tackling the SANS Women's Academy and the steps it took to accomplish it, never giving up! Big thanks to Hugh Howard for being an awesome host and keeping the event organized and on track! ISACA Chicago looks forward to connecting with all of the attendees and working together to keep making an impact- if you didn't have a chance to connect with me onsite drop me a note and let's connect!"

Alexandra Scotoni
Sponsorship Strategic Account Manager at ISACA



June 24- 25 Seminar: Managing and Auditing Cybersecurity

The Managing and Auditing Cybersecurity, Data, Infrastructure and Applications seminar was held on June 24 and 25 at the UBS Tower and offered 16 CPEs to over 40 attendees.

The event was open to members and non- members and focused on achieving the following learning outcome:

  • Identify the production resources which need to be included in-scope for a security access audit
  • Understand the controls that need to be established to prevent traditional access controls from being bypassed
  • Identify key network security, host-level, database and application design initiatives required to prevent cyber security attacks
  • Understand the key components to performing an effective data privacy audit
  • Effective methods for implementing a Cybersecurity program
  • Understanding how new regulations are raising the bar of the expected requirements of a cybersecurity program
Ramona Ratiu- MS, CISA, CISM, GSTRT

June 15th, 2019 GirlCon Chicago Conference

"Our GirlCon 2019 organizing team and volunteer committee was blown away by the enthusiasm and passion in attendees seen through their thoughtful questions directed towards breakout session leaders, their innate ability to network with professionals, and their energy in developing these connections into mentor-student relationships post-conference. We were thrilled to see our work of 6 months come to life before the eyes of 250 attendees and only hope that they will always remember to raise their hands, be brave not perfect, and take hold of every opportunity to make a significant impact on the world using technology. For more information for future programming, keep in touch at www.girlconchicago.com or @GirlConChicago on Instagram! We can't wait to see what our attendees do next!"
--- Kyla Guru and Molly Graton, cofounders and codirectors of GirlCon Chicago
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June 13th, 2019 SecureWorld Conference Chicago

The 3rd Annual SecureWorld Conference took place on June 13th, 2019 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The keynotes speakers featured Col.  Cedric Leighton- CNN Military Analyst and Ricardo Lafosse- CISO Morningstar. Participants enjoyed 2 full days of quality training, CPEs and networking!

Our ISACA Chicago Chapter exhibitor booth was outstanding, offering a wide variety of information to better equip professionals in information systems audit, assurance, control, compliance, security, cybersecurity and governance.

We’ve talked about ISACA’s 50th anniversary, our globally known professional certificates, about our chapter, the programs and initiates we are proudly offering, our upcoming events, and listened to our members and potential members on topics they would like us to pursue in the future.

To learn more about the event: https://events.secureworldexpo.com/agenda/chicago-il-2019/

Article: https://www.secureworldexpo.com/industry-news/8-great-cybersecurity-quotes


Ramona Ratiu- MS, CISA, CISM, GSTRT

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May 30th, 2019- ISACA Chicago event sponsored by BDO USA LLP

An amazing ISACA Chicago Monthly Meeting on May 30th 2019 was hosted by BDO USA LLP and held at 330 North Wabash, Chicago.  The topic was ‘Evolving Role of AI / Robotics / Data Analytics in Audit’. There were insightful, entertaining and interactive presentations made by Kirstie Tiernan, MD, BDO USA LLP and Anamika Roy, IT Audit Manager and attended by our peers in the IT and IS / Audit functions within ISACA community.

The two sessions were followed by interesting discussion around the topics presented.
“You need to be able to convert data into actionable insights. To be able to do this, you need to integrate data analytics into the audit methodology with the help of the right tools and skillsets. It’s not about the data that you have, it’s about the data you want. And that is the reason Data Analytics has to be fully integrated into the audit methodology to be really TRANSFORMATIVE.”- Anamika Roy.

ISACA Chicago Chapter thanks BDO for sponsoring and hosting the event.

It was a great opportunity to learn and network!

Ramona Ratiu
President- ISACA Chicago Chapter

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