May 2018 AGM Luncheon Event – Membership and CPE Meeting

We are excited to announce our Annual General Membership Meeting (AGM).

Please join us, enjoy some very interesting sessions and earn CPE credits.

Date: May 18th

Location:  Cottonwood Grille, 913 W River St, Boise, ID 83702

Lunch Choices:  Flank Steak, COBB salad, and Vegetarian pasta

  • 11:30 – Arrival, sign-in, networking
  • 12:00Lunch Served
  • 12:15 – 12:45 – Welcome, Announcements, Board Position Intros, Elections, Scholarships, Updates, Member Recognition
  • 12:45 – 1:00 Break
  • 1:00 – 1:50 Mobile Device Management, John Stiffler and BobTanabe
  • 1:50 – 2:00 – Break 
  • 2:00 – 2:50 – Incident Response – What Works (and what doesn’t) Eric Sales (FireEye)
  • 2:50 – 3:00 – Break 
  • 3:00 – 3:50 – Panel –  Web App Security, Dan DeCloss (Scentsy); Bruce Saunders (Idaho Housing and Finance Association), and Matt Kunzman (Clearwater Analytics)
  • 4:00 – Social Hour

Mobile Device Management – Summary TBA

Incident Response – What Works (and what doesn’t) – In the presentation, Eric will take the group through lessons learned and real encounters in the field to help them understand what works (when responding to an incident) and what should not be done.

Panel Discussion – Web App Security – Dan, Bruce and Matt will discuss common vulnerabilities and how to protect against them.


ISSA 2018 InfoSec Conference

It’s that time of the year again! Boise ISSA is having its 16th annual conference on May 3, 2018! Keep an eye on their website for more updates!

Every year they strive to deliver excellent Key Note Speakers as well as smaller break out session and hands-on training.

This year the Keynote Speakers are William Kimble, President/CEO Cyber Defense Technologies and James McMurry, CEO of Milton Group. Richard Marshall, CEO of X-SES Consultants, LLC will be our special members only lunchtime keynote.

Ken Dunham will have more in-depth classes focusing on Threat Hunting (Price $100. Invoices will be sent out VIA PayPal)

They will also have the Ms. GreyHat Organization doing a Raspeberry Pi Hacking Workshop (Price $175 by April 3rd, $195 by May 2May 3rd $220. Invoices will be sent out VIA PayPal)


ISACA 2018 Soft Skills Seminar

Topic:           Emotions at Work

Speaker:      Jon Shipley, Ph.D. Human Resource Consultant, AmeriBen

Date:            Monday, April 23rd, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

CPEs:           2 CPE hours


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

Location:    Albertsons HQ, 250 E Parkcenter Blvd

Presentation Summary:  “As our national economy has shifted to service industries, emotional labor and work put more strain now on employees than ever before. However, in the business world of numbers, money, and logic, an employee’s ability to express themselves emotionally is still extremely limited. This combination can lead to higher levels of stress, burnout, and subsequent turnover, costing employers large amounts of money over the long term. This training is designed to not only raise awareness of the issue, but provide experiences and information designed to help supervisors and employees deal more effectively with the effects of emotions at work.”

Jon Shipley is a Human Resource Consultant that has been working with AmeriBen since 2016. He received his PhD in Organizational Communication from Texas A&M, specializing in organizational culture and development. Over the years, he has enjoyed a variety of experiences in business, from sales and account management to customer service and branch management.

Jon’s expertise lies in creating interactive learning experiences – he has over 8 years teaching at the university level and received departmental awards based on that work. Currently he holds an adjunct position at Boise State University, teaching classes in organizational and interpersonal communication.

March 21, 2018 CPE Luncheon

Topic: Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)

Join us for this presentation by Alejandro “Ale” Cadena, Netskope

Time and Location: March 21st, at Boise Plaza, 1111 West Jefferson @ 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

There will be no cost to attend the CPE event.

Presentation Summary:   “Cloud Access Security Brokers – What’s All the Hype?”  An introduction to the growing Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) space, with demonstrations of some of the most common use cases for protecting sensitive data in a world where data is being moved to and shared in the cloud as the traditional perimeter disappears.

Speaker:  Alejandro “Ale” Cadena began his information security journey over sixteen years ago in the Marine Corps, leading to work in the Department of Defense where he focused his expertise on a broad swath of technologies. After a move to Seattle where he resides today, he helped build and protect the T-Mobile USA network as a Senior Security Engineer with a heavy emphasis on large scale proxy and firewall implementations. For the last several years Ale has shifted his focus to helping his customers and architect complex data security solutions for private and public cloud implementations. He is currently a Sr. Sales Engineer at Neskope and spends his free time seeking out great live music or experimenting with exotic spices in his kitchen.