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ISSA National Capital Chapter Meeting Venue

Government Printing Office
Room A138
732 N. Capitol St.
Washington, DC, 20401

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ISSA-DC President
Scott A. Binder, CISSP, CISA

Executive Vice President 
Craig Kaplan

Chief Financial Officer / Treasurer
Virginia Elharam 

Vice President of Membership
David Ziebarth  

Vice President of Programs & Events
Thomas E. Hallewell CISSP, CISA

Vice President of Communications

Vice President of Education
Mark Fearer

Vice President of Strategic Relations
Teresa Allison


Immediate Past President
Scott A. Binder, CISSP, CISA

Past Presidents
James Shanesy, CISSP
Thomas E. Hallewell CISSP, CISA
Francis Edwards, CISSP, CAP, FITSP-M/A
Bob Schlansker, CISSP, CISA

ISSA Code of Ethics

The primary goal of the Information Systems Security Association, Inc. (ISSA) is to promote practices that will ensure the confidentiality, integrity; and availability of organizational information resources. To achieve this goal, members of the Association must reflect the highest standards of ethical conduct. Therefore, ISSA has established the following Code of Ethics and requires its observance as a prerequisite for continued membership and affiliation with the Association.

As an applicant for membership and as a member of ISSA, I have in the past and will in the future:

  • Perform all professional activities and duties in accordance with all applicable laws and the highest ethical principles;
  • Promote generally accepted information security current best practices and standards;
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of proprietary or otherwise sensitive information encountered in the course of professional activities;
  • Discharge professional responsibilities with diligence and honesty;
  • Refrain from any activities which might constitute a conflict of interest or otherwise damage the reputation of employers, the information security profession, or the Association; and
  • Not intentionally injure or impugn the professional reputation or practice of colleagues, clients, or employers.

The National Capital Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is comprised of information security professionals located in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.

Members are actively involved in information security in government agencies, the military, non-profit organizations, and in large and small companies.

The chapter holds regular meetings at various locations throughout the D.C. area. Through its meetings and other events, the chapter fosters professional development and support for computer and information security professionals.

Membership is open to practicing security professionals or to those with an interest in the profession. New members are always welcome -- please feel free to attend one of our open meetings or to contact the chapter for more information.

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.

Constitution and Bylaws

Click here for the Constitution and Bylaws of the National Capital Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association.


With active participation from individuals and chapters all over the world, the ISSA is the largest international, not-for-profit association specifically for security professionals. Members include practitioners at all levels of the security field in a broad range of industries, such as communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and government.

The ISSA international board consists of some of the most influential people in the security industry, with representatives from Dell Computer Corporation, EDS, Forrester Research Inc., Symantec and Washington Mutual. With an international communications network developed throughout the industry, the ISSA is focused on maintaining its position as The Global Voice of Information Security.


The primary goal of the ISSA is to promote management practices that will ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information resources. The ISSA facilitates interaction and education to create a more successful environment for global information systems security and for the professionals involved.


The following list includes some of the important ways that ISSA members work toward achieving the Association's goals:

  • Organize international conferences, local chapter meetings and seminars that offer educational programs, training and valuable networking opportunities.
  • Provide access to information through the ISSA website as well as an online newsletter and monthly journal.
  • Offer support for professional certification and development opportunities for security practitioners.
  • Create opportunities for members to join committees and boards, which provide significant leadership for the security industry.
  • Facilitate discussion and feedback on key issues, such as the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, in order to create a unified voice for security professionals around
    the world that can influence public opinion, government regulations, the media and other important audiences.


ISSA members belong to at least one chapter. For those with no chapter within 50 miles, your chapter can be At-Large. At-Large dues support new chapter development.

Renew Online

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ISSA Buyers Guide and Discount Directory

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Training, services and conferences.


View current and past ISSA webcasts.

Membership Card

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Member Search

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Your Profile

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View and change all the details of your membership, including email address and website password

Support Materials

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Documents, articles, fliers, and brochures to promote ISSA; InfoSec Articles submitted by ISSA Members; Committee Documents and more.

ISSA Journal

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Read the current ISSA journal and access archived past issues.


Read the latest biweekly email newsletter.

Volunteer Committees

Do you have concerns about the information security profession and want to have a say in its future? Do you have ideas to make ISSA a better organization? Do you want a voice in how we operate and where we are going?

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