The New England Chapter of ISACA was founded in 1976. From the modest beginnings of its first meeting -- which was held at Valle's Steak House on Route 9 in Newton, Massachusetts.
Since, the New England Chapter has grown to over 2000 members across four states (MA, NH, ME, VT).
Natasha Wheatley, CISA, CRISC
ISACA New England President
Ernst & Young
|Robert Doherty, CISA, CISM
ISACA New England Past President
Vosity Consultants LLC
ISACA New England EVP
Information Security Advisor
Chloe Andre, CISA
ISACA New England AVP
|Laurie McDonald, CISA, CISM, CRISC
ISACA New England Treasurer
Global Head of IT & InfoSec Audit
Linda Zanoni, CISA
ISACA New England Secretary
Risk, Audit, and Compliance Manager
The First Church of Christ, Scientist
The primary objective of the New England Chapter of ISACA ® is to provide quality Information Systems audit and security-related education to support its members and their professional certifications.
The Information Systems audit profession is based and dependent on a combination of skilled certified professionals (PEOPLE), with defined and detailed practices and methods (PROCESS) and an understanding of applied tools and technological expertise (TECHNOLOGIES).
The ISACA New England Chapter is focused on keeping its members abreast of the increased changes in regulatory requirements the ever-increasing cyber-threats affecting information systems and business resiliencies. To keep abreast of the latest trends and to satisfy the needs of our members, throughout the year and after each seminar, members are surveyed to collect feedback and insights on the seminars and their preferences for additional seminar content for the Chapter to offer. The Chapter offers an educational program with a variety of evening and full-day seminars covering the latest topics, presented by professional presenters, with the information and knowledge needed for members to maintain their effectiveness in their profession.
In addition to its educational agenda, another objective of the Chapter is to provide a peer forum where information security professionals can regularly meet and exchange ideas and experiences. Through the Chapters seminar program and events, the opportunity for peer interaction and exchanging of ideas, provides a means for personal and professional growth and development.
Another of the Chapter's goals is to provide the business community with a highly trained cadre of certified information security professionals. To help ensure the technical caliber of members of the profession, ISACA International now provides online training and review materials for members to acquires certification in CISA® , CISM®, CGEIT®, CRISC®, and CSX® .
A further objective of Chapter is to promote information security as a career path for students. Through its Academic Relations Committee, the Chapter has endeavored to promote the information security career path interest among college and university students throughout the region. For the past several years, the Chapter has sponsored presentations, tables and booths on an ad-hoc basis and at various career day seminars.
Finally, a major Chapter goal is to inform its members of current Chapter events, and other relevant matters. The Chapter's bi-monthly newsletter provides a means by which the members are kept current on Chapter activities, and provides a means to distribute articles on topics of general and technical interest to members.
ISACA New England is a member chapter of the global organization, ISACA (isaca.org), which is now into its’ 50th year as a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of securely operating and managing Information Systems in highly regulated business environments. Today’s world is powered by ever-advancing software technologies, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations accordingly.
ISACA leverages the expertise of its half-million engaged professionals in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk, privacy and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 95 countries, including more than 220 chapters and offices in both the United States and China.
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ISACA New England Board Strategy for 2019-2020
To provide full transparency for ISACA New England members, the chapter has defined and set strategic goals for each board member to achieve during the 2019-2020 chapter timeframe. These goals will help to support and improve the efficiencies of the board operations, will improving member satisfaction, will enable continued high quality certification maintenance support, and will expand the opportunities and growth of the chapter.
In addition, depending on how each executive board member performs and achieves or exceeds their goals, their opportunity for receiving the John Beveridge award will be assessed based on their performance and contributions to the Chapter.
Board members perform their standard functions according to the requirements set for their role by ISACA international. However, for the fiscal year 2019-2020, the following executive board member goals have been established:
- Define goals for the executive board members and work with them to achieve their goals
- Evaluate and determine a new and improved AGM venue to support the chapters member growth and improved AGM event member satisfaction
- Implement practices that improve the efficiencies of the board operations
- Align board with ISACA International goals and leverage benefits provided
- Identify a charity for ISACA NE chapter to donate/support.
- Continue to schedule and offer the SheLEADS, Boston AGM and Maine annual seminars
- Continue to establish professional presenter joint sponsorships for repeatable seminars
- Incorporate a ISACA NE job fair as a seminar session
- Incorporate remote seminar capabilities for 1-2 seminars
- Offer a seminar in Vermont
- Offer a seminar in New Hampshire
- Note: ISACA certification training will be available online with ISACA International as scheduled
- Work with board to identify and select a new AGM venue
- Increase AGM attendance from 400+ to 500+ attendees (25% growth)
- Increase sponsorship revenues from $10,000 to $40,000 (400% growth)
- Select a notable, paid, Keynote speaker for the AGM
- Change format and content to include more student involvement and executive forums
- Schedule AGM to enable more networking time between sessions
- Improve the AGM setup and processing efficiencies
- Continue to assess and review financial improvements the chapter can make by reducing expenses or increased revenues/investments.
- Schedule, organize and support the (4) quarterly board review sessions
- Provide leadership advice and board support of strategic goals
Academic Liaison Director:
- Continue to support, maintain and grow current Student Groups.
- Add an additional 1-2 new student groups this fiscal year
- Utilize volunteers to support the chapters programs and other support functions
- New approach to sponsorships … annual sponsorship and increased fees:
- Platinum, Gold and Silver …$9,999, $4,999 and $2,999
- Sponsorship benefits:
- Table at AGM
- Links on premium pages of the ISAC NE website
- Logos included in Email blasts to membership
- Inclusion in the ISACA NE job fair …
- Increase Sponsorship revenues by 200% (from $10K to $40K) this year
- Increase social media presence and communications
- Utilize improved tools to support chapter marketing
- Select Charity for the ISAC New England chapter
- Increase member growth by 5%
- Continue to offer an expanding SheLeads program, notary presenters and increased program attendance.
- Work with EVP to effectively organize, communicate and set-up the chapters seminars and events
- Work with the EVP to establish a repeatable framework of expandable seminar content and professional presenters
Maine Program Lead:
- Execute a successful Maine event with increased sponsorship, increased member attendance and presentation of high quality content and presenters
Strategic Planning Committee Lead:
- Identify and organize strategies to improve board efficiencies and board growth opportunities
- Update and refine the ISACA New England website with up-to-date content
- Update and refine the ISACA New England website with improved information organization and presentation