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ISSA Chicago Chapter Meeting & 1st Virtual Holiday Party/Networking Session

December 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join our December Virtual Meeting featuring Bruce Schneier.

GoToWebinar room will be launched at 2:45 and meeting begins promptly at 3:00 PM CT

Format :

  • 45 minutes speaker presentation
  • 15 min Q&A

Our December meeting is typically our Holiday Party. That said, following Bruce’s presentation we’re introducing/experimenting with our 1st virtual Holiday Party & Networking Session. Participants will be invited to turn on microphones and video .

The Chapter Board will welcome everyone and invite attendees to introduce themselves by telling us :

  1. Your name and a 1-2 sentence description (Chapter affiliation member, interested in membership, current/past sponsor, CTC member, student, guest).
  2. LinkedIn profile and/or other social media handles and unique fun fact.
  3. Whether you are looking for a job and/or you have a job opening you are trying to fill.

Topic: Securing Society by Hacking Society

A hacker mindset is essential to understanding the security of complex technological systems. This way of thinking applies much more broadly: not only to socio-technical systems but to purely social systems as well. Tax loopholes, for example, can be understood as hacks of the tax code. Disinformation campaigns can be understood as hacks of the democratic election process. This talk extends the core language of hacking to the broad systems that underlie our society. I will talk about what it means to hack the law, to hack the market economy, and to hack the democratic process.

Others have written about how social-engineering hacks trust and authority, and how social-media sites hack attention. I will generalize this further, discussing how our cognitive systems are hacked. Finally, I will extend these notions to discuss artificial intelligence and robotics; these systems will hack what it means to be human, and also how we react to things we react to as human. In the 21st century, everything is a socio-technical system, and everything is vulnerable to hacking.

Our experience and expertise is necessary to secure these systems. My goal is to explain how we can do that.

Speaker: Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of over one dozen books–including his latest, Click Here to Kill Everybody–as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and his blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and VerifiedVoting.org.

Registration closes Wednesday, 12/2, 5:00 PM CT – Seats are limited!

  • The meeting will be held via GoToWebinar
  • Only People Registering Will Receive a Login Link for the Meeting
  • On the day of the meeting, registrants will receive an email with the link for the virtual meeting.
  • Please make sure you register with a VALID email address!


December 3, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


ISSA Chicago Chapter

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Looking for presentations from past meetings? Members can access them HERE on the ISSA.org web site.

Continuing Professional Education Units
ISSA Chicago Chapter meeting attendees are eligible to claim CPE units. CPE allotment is determined by your certification body and is typically one CPE per hour of attendance with reporting in quarter-CPE increments. For auditing purposes, the start and stop times of your participation will be provided as evidence in an email following the meeting. ISSA Chicago suggests attendees round down to the nearest quarter; i.e. 1 hour 54 minutes would be reported as 1.75 CPEs

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Event Anti-Harassment Policy
The ISSA Chicago Chapter is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, age, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event organizers/management.

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