ISSA Des Moines is the community of choice for Iowa-based cybersecurity professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk and protecting critical information and infrastructure.
The ISSA Des Moines Chapter is the local chapter of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)®, which 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.
To promote a secure digital world.
ISSA Des Moines is a nonprofit organization for the information security profession committed to promoting effective cyber security throughout Iowa.
Board of Directors
Kevin has worked in Information Technology for over three decades and is currently the Vice President of IT Operations at American Equity. In this role, he oversees network and security engineering, the IT Service Center, the data center and computer operations.
Kevin obtained his CISSP in 2004 and has numerous other technical certifications to his credit. He currently holds a B.S. in Management from Upper Iowa University. He has been a member of ISSA since 2012 and has occupied the offices of Communications Director and Vice President. He currently serves as the President for the Des Moines ISSA Chapter.
Kevin lives in rural Clarke County where he resides with his wife. In his spare time, he enjoys working in his shop and flying airplanes. He is also active in his church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, previously serving as the Grand Knight of Council 8702 in Osceola.
Ben Hall, CISAVice President
Ben is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) with 12 years of Information Security and Information Technology experience in the Banking, Financial, Insurance and Healthcare sectors. As an information security consultant for Pratum, he works with clients to support their risk management and compliance efforts. Prior to joining Pratum, he held positions as Risk Manager, Lead IT Security and GRC Analyst, IT Operations Supervisor, and Systems Administrator.
Ben has expertise in Third-Party Risk Management, Change Management, Access Control, Security Operations, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR), Security and Risk Management and Security Awareness. Additionally, he has IT Compliance experience across a multitude of Regulatory Frameworks. Ben has also spent some time on the IT Operational side, which has provided him a holistic view into how security impacts IT operations.
Ben has served on the ISSA board as the VP since July of 2019 and is also active in the local ISACA and InfraGard chapters. In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with family and friends, coaching his kids’ sporting activities, and spending time outside in any capacity.
After graduating from East Waterloo High School in 1996, Matt served in the Navy as a Cryptologist for 20 years. During his 20 year Navy career, he served in a number of capacities primarily revolving around strategic, operational, and tactical military intelligence. Due to the nature and classification of his military career, he has been involved in Information Security since 1997.
Matt’s first three duty stations include Naval Security Group Guam, where he served as a signals analyst. USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) homeported in Mayport, Florida where he was a supervisor of the Ships Signal Exploitation Space, and in 2003 he became an Instructor for Navy and Marine Corp Analysis and Reporting Course at Goodfellow AFB, Texas. In 2006 Matt and his family were stationed in Yokosuka, Japan where he served as the Technical Operations Manager at Navy Information Operation Command, Yokosuka.
In 2010, Matt transferred to the USS Shiloh (CG-67), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan where I served as the Senior Intelligence Officer. His final tour was at Fort Meade, Maryland where he helped develop and build out eight Navy Cyber teams consisting of over 250 personnel. Upon retiring from the military, Matt was a Defense Contractor for ClearRidge Defense and was the Senior Cyber Planner for Marine Corps Cyber Headquarters. Before moving back to Iowa, he was a Department of Navy civilian and served as the Senior Cyber Analyst and Reporter for the Navy Cyber units at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, MD.
Matt is currently pursuing the CISSP certification and holds the PMP and SEC+ certifications, and works as a Senior Information Security Analyst at FBL Financial. He and his wife Brianne have been married for 15 years and have two children. His son Dylan decided to stay in Maryland and works for the NSA, and his daughter Cassie is an 8th grader at PrairieView in Waukee. His hobbies include physical fitness, playing darts, and watching the Hawkeyes, Cubs, and Bears play. He’s seen firsthand the negative impact poor security practices can cause an organization and wants to be a part of integrating best practices into all organizations.
Jordan EngbersDirector of Marketing
Jordan serves at the Chief Administrative Officer at Pratum where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s accounting, HR, and marketing. Jordan has a proven history of success in business administration and marketing. He is a former Project Manager and Creative Director for a leading technology company. Prior to his internal move to CAO at Pratum, Jordan was Marketing Director, where he was responsible for increasing brand awareness and building brand trust within the Information Security sector.
The Iowa native graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drake University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Communications from Hawkeye Community College. He lives in Johnston, Iowa with his wife and daughter.
Brooklyn has worked in IT Security for the past four years. Her current role is IT Security Compliance Manager for Hy-Vee Corp. She is the go-to compliance expert with experience in HIPAA, PCI, SOC, GDPR, HITRUST and other state/federal regulatory requirements.
She has been the ISSA Secretary since 2018. In her free time, she enjoys binging shows or movies on weeknights. On weekends she tends to spend time with her significant other outside doing literally anything to keep us busy.