ISSA Monthly Meetings

Chapter Bylaws

The Chapter Bylaws clarify primary chapter guidelines and objectives. Each chapter officer and board member should carefully review this document in order to understand the basic platform for conducting chapter business. Bylaws should define the broad framework for governing your chapter with the details outlined in supporting policies and procedures. As Chapter officers, you should also educate members on pertinent information as it arises. The Bylaws should be reviewed annually by the chapter President and board members. Changes to bylaws must be approved by your board and ratified by members. Bylaw changes should be infrequent. Policies and procedures may be revised by your Board to adapt to changing operational needs.

Integral to ISSA’s mission of the personal professional development of cybersecurity specialists and their career advancement is a commitment that members will reflect the highest standards of ethical conduct. To achieve this goal, members of the association are required to accept and adhere to the Code of Ethics.


Speaker Requirements


ISSA Des Moines members are a diverse group of information security professionals, ranging from information security analysts and engineers to consultants and CIOs. Speakers have ranged from CTOs of high-tech security companies to lawyers speaking about regulation. The chapter holds monthly meetings from 11:30 AM - 1 PM on the fourth Monday of each month.


  • All presentations should be of interest to information security professionals (this could include technical, legal, or business) dimensions
  • All presentations should last no more than 60 minutes excluding a brief question and answer session
  • Vendor presentations should be kept at an educational level and not be a sales pitch
  • Presentations that include demonstrations are preferred, however, not mandated


  • Provide a presentation title, abstract, and speaker bio to ISSA Des Moines Chapter's Communications Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • The Communications Director will contact you after receipt of the materials
  • After you have been scheduled to speak, provide a softcopy (PDF or PowerPoint) of the presentation to the Program Director
  • Permission to post presentation materials on the chapter website is assumed unless specifically denied in writing

Audio/Visual Requirements

  • ISSA Speakers are provided an LCD projecter and use their own laptop
  • Other requests for Audio/Visual equipment should go to the Program Director


  • The speaker does not have to provide lunch, but a larger crowd can be expected if it is

Monthly Meeting - July 25, 2016

Intro to Bro

Presenters: Brandon Murphy & Nate Subra


Bro ( is becoming a very popular network security monitoring tool. This talk will cover the basics of running a bro instance, integration with external threat intelligence (via critical stack) and analyzing the logs with elastic search.

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Brandon Murphy is a network security practitioner in Des Moines, Iowa

Nate Subra is an Infosec practitioner with a love for automation. He doesn't believe in a silver bullet solutions, he believes in silver clips loaded by the right people.

PowerShell, threat emulation, and breaking into the internet of things are his current hobbies. Nate currently works out of Des Moines, Iowa.