Aside from being Election Day in Virginia, November 7 marked the inaugural “Cyber Night” at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus. The first of regular cyber and IT-related organizational events for the Campus, Cyber Night featured panelists Anup Ghosh, Warren Holston and Dave White – founders focused on intelligence and behavior while working in defense communities to include military special operations, DARPA and CIA, among others.
Host organization Information Security Audit and Control (ISACA), Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter held attendees with a provocative supposition, “secure behavior beats tech,” leading to conversations about the human side; how individuals use the Internet and interact with apps; the efficacy of workplace training; and even the role of the password today.
Industry leaders, professionals and many students joined together to network over refreshments. Thanks to all who made this event a successful first of many including guest speakers Ghosh, Holston and White; many student volunteers; NOVA Professor and ISACA member Babur Kohy; Professor Henok Asfaw; Professor Robert Dusek and Professor Chola Chhetri; ISACA leadership in attendance ‑ President Melody Balcet, Vice President Jason Yakencheck and Director of Outreach Jermaine Stanley. Special thanks to NOVA Board Chair Todd Rowley and NOVA Loudoun Provost Julie Leidig as well.
The next ISACA Cyber Night for 2017 will be at Marymount University (1000 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA) November 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Cyber Night will return again to Loudoun in spring 2018.