UMSA 101: Who, what and how to get involved

UMSAAffliategroupphotoAre you a cybersecurity or risk professional looking for a way to connect with peers in the industry and grow your knowledge? Ever considered joining a cybersecurity organization? Well there’s no better time like the present! Learn more about Minnesota’s premiere cybersecurity organizations and associations—our UMSA affiliates!

Our Affiliates

Below is a listing of all of UMSA’s affiliates. Each of our affiliate has a unique approach and view towards cybersecurity and risk management. We value all our membership organizations and their diverse views, solutions and expertise on industry issues.

Advance IT Minnesota engages employers, educators and professionals to develop a more robust IT Workforce in Minnesota. Since 2006, their main goal has been to address the talent needs of IT employers by increasing enrollment and passion in IT related programs. Throughout the year, they host many educational trainings and events aimed at seasoned professionals and college students.

The ASIS Minnesota Chapter aims to promote networking and educational opportunities for professional development by serving as a resource for information on various security and management topics for a variety of disciplines. Fill out this form and learn more about becoming a member of this organization.

The Business Continuity Planners Association (BCPA), based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, main mission is to provide a professional and educational environment for the exchange of experience, dissemination of information, professional growth and for added value of mutual interest to the membership. They host monthly member educational meetings with the next member gathering topic on Implementing a unified framework for integrating enterprise risk management in BC/DR programs. Keep updated on all BCPA events by following along their site.

With approximately 1100 members from over 100 organizations, ISACA-MN aims to sponsor local educational seminars and workshops, conduct regular chapter meetings and help to further promote and elevate the visibility of the IT governance, IS audits, control and security professions throughout the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota chapter is run by volunteers who are ISACA members nominated through ISACA Annual General Meeting (AGM).

ISSA’s Minnesota chapter has over 170 members, from students and entry-level to senior management covering areas from finance, medical, government, education to retail, technology, services and more. This depth of experience and breadth of knowledge provides a dynamic networking and thought leadership type of environment. Hosting bi-monthly meetings, the chapter will be hosting their biggest AfterHours event of the year right after the Secure360 Reception. They are expecting well over 125-150 individuals will join us for this famed event.

InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private to sector that provides a vehicle for seamless public-private coordination with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to CIKR defense. They focus on cybersecurity, with events such as The annual Minneapolis Emergency Prepare Fair, as well as other risk-related themes.

ISC2’s mission is to create a safe environment where information security practitioners can openly share expertise and ideas, providing practical, relevant, useful and timely information. You can subscribe to their email list to get the latest ISC2 news and industry updates.

MISC whole mission is circled around bringing the community aspect and feeling back into the technology world through social and educational events. Run by all volunteers, MISC fosters relationships among all professionals in Midwest cybersecurity community. Learn more about MISC and becoming a member here.

OWASP is made up of over 230 local members who attend seasonal meetups to further their informational technology education and networks. Monthly member meetings feature expert speakers and topics, from “Instrumenting Software and Software Security” to “MircoServices and Security”. With a variety of topics, members get to experience all areas of cybersecurity and technology.

Why join one of our affiliate organizations?

As a growing field with a shortage of qualified professionals to fill out company security teams, there are many reasons to join of our affiliate organizations. For most people, creating professional relationships is vital part of their professional lives. By joining one of our affiliates, you will have the opportunity to meet others that can help mentor and guide you in reaching your professional goals. This kind of networking goes beyond exchanging of business cards, as you are able to attend workshops, webinars, seminars and much more. Whether it’s exploring a career in cybersecurity, building your professional network, refreshing and/or improving upon your seasoned industry knowledge, there are numerous ways to benefit.  Your UMSA affiliate will provide you with endless resources and access to all the best local industry talent and expertise.

For more UMSA and affiliate information on what we do, why we do it and how to get it involved visit our site or stop by the affiliates booths when you attend Secure360 Twin Cities in May!





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UMSA Org About UMSA Org

UMSA (Upper Midwest Security Alliance) is an alliance of security and risk-related organizations. As a nonprofit founded in 2004, UMSA serves business, government and education professionals in the upper Midwest, collaborating with professional associations, educators and industry-leading companies to provide professional development opportunities that contribute to a stronger security foundation for organizations.

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