Detroit Chapter Community Blog


Hello ISACA Detroit Members,

Welcome to the November Databyte. I hope everyone is well and enjoying this awesome fall season that we’ve been experiencing here in Michigan! Hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy as many outdoor activities as you could possibly want this fall.  I personally enjoy going to our local cider mills and getting out for hikes this time of year.  After this last weekend, it certainly feels like winter season has arrived and with that comes so much excitement for the upcoming holiday season!


We will start the winter season off with two great presentations planned for our upcoming hybrid meeting.  We are happy to have our very own board member, Maureen Niemiec and Chief of Staff from the Office of the CISO at Kontoor Brands, Inc. in to discuss our first topic - How to Prioritize Risk Management and Maximize Return on Investment.  The presentation will explore the different risk categories based on the NIST CSF framework and show methods to improve risk management processes by focusing on key areas within the control of the company.  Our second presentation will be given by Brian Barnier and Prachee Kale both Co-Founders of Think.Design.Cyber. Brian and Prachee will discuss our second topic - Putting People in the Center of Cybersecurity and how cyber pros can achieve better work-life balance, more rewarding careers and missions by making cyber as reliable as electricity.  Sounds like our November meeting is shaping up to be very informative…I hope to see you all there!


Lastly, I would like to give out a few big thank you’ s.  First, to our October speakers that helped up celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month - John Grim from the Global Security Operations Center and  Mike Lipinski from Plante & Moran who shared how today’s ransomware continues to challenge us to protect our most critical assets and how to measure the success of our cyber and risk programs. And last but certainly not least, I wanted to give a special thank you to our amazing Social Impact Committee (especially our two board members, Rosina Jenkins and Maureen Niemiec) for hosting our first charity event of the year in celebration of ISACA’s CommunITy Day on October 1st.  It was great being back out in the community to help a special cause, Friends of Foster Kids. An organization that helps to provide a “Christmas” for foster kids in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect and placed in temporary housing or shelters. Thank you to those members that were able to lend a hand and give back.  I personally enjoyed the opportunity working and getting to know you. I am grateful to be apart of a chapter that is giving of its time and resources to make a difference.  I look forward to doing more activities like this with you in the future!


The 2022 Fall Seminar: Security & Audit - CIS Controls Hybrid Meeting is happening November 30 and December 1. The last day to register is Wednesday, November 23 by 12 pm (noon).  Click here to register now:


Renew your ISACA membership for 2022 – 2023 today! The renewal process has officially begun as of October 5th.  There is still time to renew and take advantage of the ISACA Member Advantages and Benefits.  We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and seminars planned for 2023!  It has been our pleasure to serve you and we look forward to our continued partnership in the future!  Please contact me with any questions.


ISACA’s new member benefit, the ISACA Mentorship Program, continues to grow, offering mentors and mentees opportunities for career growth and ways to give back to the community. 


    • Webinar: “Pursuing Digital Trust,” 7 December, 10:00 am (ET) / 9:00 am (CT) / 7:00 am (PT) / 14:00 (UTC). Register today. Up to 3 CPE. Learn key concepts, fundamentals, and criterion of digital trust, including threats and strategies to combat them. 
  • Webinar: “Great Resignation & Quiet Quitting”New Date: 8 December 2022, 11am (CT) / 16:00 (UTC)  Learn from industry leaders who have successfully navigated disruptions this challenge presents. Register here. One hour/one CPE. All ISACA webinars are listed here


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Shannon Desjardins


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Congratulations Exam Passers & Newly Certified

  • Balaji Venkateswaran Srinivasan – CISM certification
  • Ravi Karnam – CISM exam passer
ISACA Detroit congratulates all exam passers and newly certified chapter members this month! The individuals listed above provided consent for use of their names in this publication.

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Mike Forrest Outstanding Member Award

The ISACA Detroit Chapter is accepting nominations for the Mike Forrest Outstanding Member Award. This award was developed to recognize outstanding contributions to the Detroit chapter and community through dedication, volunteerism, knowledge sharing and positive influence of others.  These are some of the qualities demonstrated by our former board member, friend, mentor, Mike Forrest, through his many years of service.


More information can be found in the presentation. Completed forms are required for nomination considerations and must be submitted by April 29, 2022.