Welcome to the Central Ohio Information Systems Security Association home page. We are the Columbus chapter of this not-for-profit organization, and since 1989 we have been the voice of security in the metro area. Our 300+ members know that our forums will provide a venue for knowledge-share, networking, and career growth. When you attend one of our events you may find at your table a CISO of a Fortune 1000 firm, a security architect, a security analyst, a privacy officer, an attorney, and/or a security consultant. Diverse backgrounds, different points of view, a wide range of info sec experience and talent spanning every market vertical—all oriented towards addressing security issues faced by practitioners and leaders.

Our Mission
Central Ohio ISSA’s mission is to enhance the professional growth of our members via education, training and networking. We therefore support the goal of our parent organization, ISSA International, by promoting management practices that ensure the availability, confidentiality, and integrity of information resources.

Chapter Meetings
We typically hold our regular chapter meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. Regular meetings are held at Expedient/Tree of Life, 5000 Arlington Centre Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio. Registration begins at 8:00AM, and we normally have three topics. As security changes and faces new challenges, our programs are constantly evolving to reflect a dynamic industry. You will likely find us covering topics that relate to each of the eight domains within the CISSP’s CBK, at least once a year. You will also find that we offer training and discussion where you can learn about state sponsored cyber threats, cloud security, mobility, social media, consumerization, and Big Data. And we are always looking for the next critical issue facing our members. Let us know what is important to you, your team, and your firm.

The Central Ohio ISSA Chapter offers high quality training events at steeply discounted prices for members. We have offered CISSP prep classes on a bi-annual basis for over ten years. More than 500 students have taken advantage of this course offering through the years, with hundreds choosing to sit for the exam and earn certification. Our instructors are tenured practitioners in the community, and have helped foster an environment where our students have traditionally met or exceeded an exam pass rate of 75%. In addition, we offer hands-on training labs and special technical “deep dive” events. It is noteworthy to mention that in 2011 over fifty different practitioners and security leaders delivered more than 115 hours of lecture and instruction to the security community. Our program schedule for 2015 is just as aggressive, and if our events fit your schedule, we will handily take care of your CPE requirements. We also have arrangements with many large vendors in the area to offer product training at a discounted rate, and will often partner with sister organizations for training events.

Special Events
The Central Ohio InfoSec Summit is the largest recurring security event in Columbus, Ohio. In 2015, nearly 600 security professionals came together at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus for presentations from icons in the profession, leaders throughout our industry, and tenured practitioners.

Our annual golf outing is in September, and our Holiday party in December. Both provide an excellent opportunity for networking in a more relaxed atmosphere.

As a not-for-profit organization, we are grateful to our many sponsors who continue to ensure we have the means to deliver such a wide variety of programs, education, and training. If your firm desires to support the chapter, email us at info@centralohioissa.org.

If you are one of our 300-plus members, we expect your feedback and critique of programs, training, and overall performance of your organization. You may opt into our mailing list via this website, and you can also join our LinkedIn Group, Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter for great discussion and updates on events. If you have the time to become more active in the chapter, we hope you will find a way to volunteer and lend your direct support. It’s your chapter, your career, and a very exciting time to be associated with this profession.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon!

Central Ohio ISSA Board