Scholarship Application 2018 – 2019 Academic Year

The ISACA Boise Chapter is proud to offer a $1,000 scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic school year. This scholarship is to promote students studying in the related fields of Computer Science, Information Systems and Accounting.  The application deadline is February 28, 2018.

As a nonprofit, global membership association for IT and information systems professionals, ISACA is committed to providing its diverse constituency of more than 140,000 worldwide with the tools they need to achieve individual and organizational success. The benefits offered through our globally accepted research, certifications and community collaboration result in greater trust in, and value from, information systems. Through more than 200 chapters established in more than 80 countries, ISACA provides its members with education, resource sharing, advocacy, professional networking, and a host of other benefits on a local level.

ISACA’s constituency is characterized by its diversity. The global community of ISACA members and certification holders cover a variety of professional IT-related positions—some of which include IS auditor, consultant, educator, IS security professional, risk professional, chief information officer and internal auditor. Some are new to the field, others are at middle management levels and still others are in the most senior ranks. ISACA constituents work in nearly all industry categories, including financial and banking, public accounting, government and the public sector, utilities and manufacturing.

Click here for the 2018-2019 Application.

ISACA – Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference May 2018

Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference

May 8-10, 2018, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO


May 8-10, 2018


The RMISC is the only conference of its kind in the Rocky Mountain  region. A convenient, affordable knowledge-builder for IT security, audit and compliance professionals at all levels. RMISC provides the perfect blend of education, networking and opportunities that are critical to your success in today’s economy and security climate!

Click here for more information and to register.

December 13, 2017 CPE Luncheon

Topic: Threat discussion and ways we can address these threats.

Join us for this presentation by Todd Keller, Idaho National Laboratory, Nuclear Cyber Security Researcher

ISACA Boise will also be collecting unwrapped toys for “Toys-for-Tots“.  Your cost for the CPE event will be covered by the ISACA Boise Chapter if you bring an unwrapped gift for a child!    Click here for more Toys-for-Tots information.         

Time and Location: December 13th, at Boise Plaza, 1111 West Jefferson @ 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  Note that this is the 2nd Wednesday of December instead of the normal 3rd Wednesday.

Presentation:  Todd Keller will be doing a threat discussion based on semi-current events and discuss alternative ways to consider and address risk by drawing a parallel to how risk is calculated for physical protection response forces. He will inform where the adversaries capabilities are moving to, and ways we can address these threats by changing our understanding of how we look at defense in depth.

Speaker:  Todd Keller started as a system administrator in 2000 and installed his first firewall later that year. He then moved on to system, security, and network engineering for multiple managed VoIP and internet service providers.

After joining the Idaho National Laboratory in 2006 as a system and security engineer he also started participating on research and development projects for power and control systems. He now also teaches cyber security internationally as well as performing nuclear cyber security research for the Laboratory.

Outside of work he spends most of his time with his family. Ideally somewhere away from most technology such as a ski hill or four wheel trail into the mountains of Idaho. He is enjoying introducing his family to more winter sports such as skiing, but his whole family also actively participates in the security community as regular participants in B-Sides, Defcon, SAINTCON, and other community events.


2017 ISACA Boise Ethics Seminar

Date:            Thursday, December 7, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

CPEs:           2 ethics-related CPE hours


  • $35 members and sisters organizations
  • $50 nonmembers
  • $20 retired members and students

Location:     Idaho Power Company, 1221 W Idaho St, Boise ID

The broad topic of ethics will be addressed and presented from a situational point of view.

Well-defined values make decisions tougher

  • Is it right to provide our children with the best educational opportunities – and right to prevent increasing state and local taxes to do so?
  • Is it right to honor a woman’s right to make decisions affecting her body and right to protect the lives of the unborn?
  • Is it right to refrain from meddling in the affairs of sovereign nations – and right to help protect the undefended in warring regions where they are subject to slaughter?
  • It is right to bench the star quarterback caught drinking the night before the championship game – and right to field the best team possible?
  • Is it right to resist the importation of products made in developing nations to the detriment of the environment – and right to provide jobs, even at low wages, for citizens of those nations?

Compare Right versus Wrong situations with Right versus Right

Right versus Right dilemmas are compounded by the situational nature

As professionals, we have firmly established beliefs based upon core values developed from family, culture, religion, environment, and education. However, applying those beliefs can be rather inconsistent depending upon the ethical situation confronted. This seminar will present situations where the difficult choice of right versus right is encountered in four situational dilemmas:

  • Truth versus loyalty
  • Individual versus community
  • Short-term versus long-term
  • Justice versus mercy


John Bernardo is the Sustainability Strategist for Idaho Power Company. He identifies and implements sustainability initiatives into the company culture, oversees reporting to national, international and investment-based organizations, promotes (CSR) Corporate Social Responsibility internally and externally, and manages the production of the annual sustainability report.

He holds two degrees from The Pennsylvania State University (Environmental Resource Management and Biology) and a Masters of Education in Science Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

John is also Executive in Residence at the Boise State University College of Business and Economics and teaches a class on Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. He is an avid mountain biker, an archery enthusiast, and once he even got to play “The Puzzle” on NPR with Will Shortz

November 15, 2017 CPE Luncheon

Topic: Cover your SaaS – how to negotiate technology contracts in the Cloud Age.

Join us for this presentation by Todd Baker

Time and Location: November 15th, at Boise Plaza, 1111 West Jefferson @ 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Todd Baker is a technology and business lawyer focused on contracting and regulatory compliance for tech startups and healthcare providers. His experience in the IT industry as an engineer and entrepreneur, combined with a top-notch legal education and experience at one of the nation’s top-ranked technology law firms, give Todd the ability to identify and skillfully address the legal issues facing these two industries.