Our Mission

The Texas Coastal Bend Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a non-profit organization of information security professionals and practitioners.  Texas Coastal Bend ISSA provides education forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities which enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.

This Chapter is affiliated with the international ISSA organization, conforms to its professional and organizational guidelines, and supports the ISSA Code of Ethics. We encourage our members to pursue and maintain formal security certifications in their chosen fields and offer training opportunities to help members meet requirements for continuing education.


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Crypto Currency: What You Need to Know

Keynote Speaker: Tom DeSot, EVP, Chief Information Officer

From ransomware to purchasing goods (credit card info, etc.) on the “dark web” cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and others are being utilized in a variety of manners that impact business, and the security of the organizations on a daily basis.  Join Tom DeSot, Chief Information Officer at Digital Defense, Inc. as he discusses what cryptocurrency is, how it is being used (legally and illegally), how the “blockchain” works, and why businesses need to be ready for cryptocurrency in 2018 and beyond. 

 Keynote Speaker: Tom DeSot – EVP, Chief Information Officer

 As CIO, Tom is charged with key industry and market regulator relationships, public speaking initiatives, key integration and service partnerships, and regulatory compliance matters. Additionally, Tom serves as the company’s internal auditor on security-related matters.

Prior to Digital Defense, Tom was Vice President of Information Systems for a mid-tier financial institution with responsibilities including information security initiatives, the Y2K program, implementation of home banking and bill pay products, the ATM/debit card program, and all ATM networking.

Tom holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas State University (summa cum laude).​ He also holds the National Security Agency’s INFOSEC Assessment Methodology Certification and is formally trained in the OCTAVE Risk Assessment Methodology.

Tom currently serves on the information security curriculum advisory panels for Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Hallmark University – San Antonio. He is as active member of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce IT Committee, and has delivered cyber-security and cyber-ethics presentations at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

2018 Luncheon Schedule 

11:30-11:55 Registration and networking

11:50-1200 Opening speech and ISSA information

12:00-1245 Lunch/speaker 

12:45-1:00 Q&A 

1:00-1:15 Closing remarks, raffle

 ***Click on link below to register***