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President's Message

Earlier this month we’ve had a Recognition Event for 2018 Certification Recipients and Past Presidents.

Every year we recognize ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter Past Presidents, the builders of our Chapter. 

Many of them are continuing to generously give their time and share their wisdom by serving on Chapter Committees and providing advice to us.

Pictured below are Peter Wild, the 13th President, Michael Cangemi, the 5th president, Joe Rodman, the 6th President, Steven Ross, the 3rd President, and myself, the 34th President.

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On my desk I keep a quote from Rabbi Abraham Kook (1865-1935), “when one realizes that being perfect is unattainable, one can finally understand that one’s true greatness is found in the holy journey of constantly becoming just a little bit better.”

ISACA NYM journey has started just over 44 years ago and every President has contributed to the growth and success of our Chapter to become a great organization we are today. We are continuing building our Chapter and making it better every day.

Our deep gratitude to all our Presidents for their service and great contributions to our profession.

Please feel free to reach out to me at President@isacany.org with any questions you may have about the Board, the Chapter and if you would like to get involved.

Thank you!

Alexander Abramov

President, ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter 

2019 Wasserman Recipient: Phil Venables

2019 Wasserman Awardee Phil is a senior advisor to the firm and a member of the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. As a senior advisor, he supports the firm's executive leadership and client franchise on cybersecurity, technology risk, digital business risk, and operational resilience.

In addition to this, Phil spearheads the firm's work with industry associations and initiatives to reduce systemic risk. He is also a member of the Firmwide Enterprise Risk Committee, Firmwide Technology Risk Committee, and Global Business Resilience Committee.

Prior to becoming a senior advisor, Phil was a line executive as Chief Operational Risk Officer, and before that, the firm's first Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Technology Risk, a role he held for 17 years. He joined Goldman Sachs as a vice president in London in 2000 and transferred to New York in 2001. Phil was named managing director in 2003, partner in 2010, and senior advisor in 2019.


Prior to joining the firm, he was Chief Information Security Officer at Deutsche Bank and also functioned as the Global Head of Technology Risk Management for Standard Chartered Bank. Before that, Phil served in various technology, network management, and software engineering roles at a number of finance, energy, and defense organizations.

Phil serves on the Executive Committee of the US Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection, is co-chair of the Board of Sheltered Harbor, and is a member of the boards of the Center for Internet Security and the NYU School of Engineering. He is also an advisor to the cyber-security efforts of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and serves on the Advisory Board to the Director of a US intelligence agency. Phil is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Phil earned a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of York and an MSc in Computation and Cryptography from the Queen's College at Oxford University. He was awarded the designation of Chartered Engineer in 1995 and Chartered Scientist in 2002 and was elected a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2005.