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February, 2017 Chapter Meeting

Our February chapter meeting is on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 5:45PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!

Something from Nothing – Building a Holistic Privacy and Information Security Awareness Program from the Ground Up

Download presentation slide deck here.

Abstract: The presentation will cover the lessons learned when preparing a privacy and information security awareness training plan that will successfully convert end users to security champions. We will deliver an interactive presentation that discusses end user roles, prescribing security topics, retention strategies and privacy and security awareness lifecycle management including different methods and techniques to staff, define, manage, present, and measure the program. The presenters will engage with the audience to have them define methods for their individual companies and industries. Audience participation and information sharing of related lessons learned, resources, and techniques is encouraged for the benefit of all participants.

Speaker Biographies:

Aphrodite (Apple) Jones has been serving the technology field for over 25 years. She is a graduate of Davenport University with a BBA in Network Management and a MBA with a focus in E-Business. She is currently working to build the comprehensive and holistic privacy and information security awareness training plan for Spectrum Health and Priority Health as the Lead IS Training Specialist. She is also helping to build the talent pipeline options for the information security department by working with area colleges, universities and high schools and Michigan Works. She previously served as the Associate Dean for Davenport University’s College of Technology with responsibilities that included overseeing the undergraduate and graduate technology curriculum including the cyber defense curriculum and government designations for its Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE/CDE). She spent over 20 years in higher education both as an administrator and professor who was passionate about diversity initiatives promoting technology careers to both women and people of color. She served as the advisor for Davenport University’s Women in Technology student organization. She currently serves on technology program advisory boards for Grand Rapids Community College, Kent Career Technology Center and Careerline Technical Center high school programs. She serves as a member of the Michigan Healthcare Cybersecurity Council’s (MiHCC) information security awareness group and a member of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology’s (MCWT) Western Michigan’s planning committee and is the recently elected Vice President for the Grand Rapids Information Systems Security Association (GR-ISSA).

Joshua VanderWeide began his career in education, graduating from Grand Valley State University with a degree in music education. After 3 years of teaching middle school choir and elementary general music, he transferred his skills in education to training teachers on the use of technology in the classroom. His background in education and training and his personal affinity for technology led to his current position at Spectrum Health, where he is helping to build the Privacy and Information Security Awareness Training department by both designing and delivering curriculum covering a vast array of awareness topics geared at end users.


5:45-6:15PM Networking/Membership signup / Dinner
6:15-7:15PM Presentation
7:15-7:45PM Q&A

NEW LOCATION Location Information

Metro Health IT Facility
985 Gezon Parkway (across from Target loading dock)
Wyoming, MI, 49519