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Chapter members,

Several board roles will become vacant in November 2018. This is your opportunity get more involved with your Chapter and the information security community by expressing your interest for a board governance role. See later in this post for how to express your interest and the prerequisites.

We thank the current directors for their long service to the chapter. The following two roles will become open and are mandatory Chapter roles to maintain the chapter in good standing:

  1. The Treasurer role, which is currently filled by Ken Brandt, is a director level role that looks after the chapter finances, as well as shares in the overall governance responsibilities of the chapter such as organising meetings, speakers and venues and driving Chapter initiatives.
  2. The Director of Membership role, which is currently filled by Chapter Co-founder Mark Burns, is a director level role that looks after the chapter rosters and communication and member affairs, as well as sharing in the overall governance responsibilities of the chapter such as organising meetings, speakers and venues and driving Chapter initiatives. 
  3. The Director of Marketing and Media role, which is currently filled by Dhananjaya ‘DJ’ Naronikar, is a director level role that promotes the chapter externally, informing the community and the media including external messaging and social media, LinkedIn discussions, advertising. The role is vacant due to DJ’s appoint 


The board may establish additional roles beyond those above, based on need and interest, including roles that do not require all the prerequisites below.

We are also seeking committee members to help drive our initiatives and operational aspects of the chapter, with guidance from one or director. So if the above roles are not your cup of tea, feel free to express your interest to assist in event calendar management, Safe & Secure Online and more.


Prerequisites - Expressing your interest for director roles

  • Commit to the chapter in the role for at least one year
  • Be an (ISC)2 full member (not just a Chapter member) in good standing throughout the directorship term. A full member means holding at least the CISSP credential
  • Willingness to be listed as a legal chapter officer with Consumer Affairs Victoria (Treasurer role only)


20 September 

Chapter Members,

It has been my pleasure serving as the (ISC)2 Melbourne Chapter president and chair since 2012, through tremendous growth and establishment of a community of information security practitioners and supports. I end my tenure in November 2018 by thanking you for the past 6.5 years:

  • Thanks to you, we’ve gone from 15 founding members of the inaugural (ISC)2 Melbourne Chapter to 587 people
  • Thanks to you, we now offer opportunities for networking and sharing information security trends and information every two months and focus on technical topics thought to be underrepresented in Melbourne
  • Thanks to you and chapter promotional activities, CISSP-certified people across Australia now exceed 2,300 people, up from less than 1,000 people in the early days
  • Thanks to you, the local Melbourne market now accommodates more than a dozen security-related organisations and ‘meetups’, offering us all many choices to work on challenges in the industry and celebrate successes. We could count Melbourne-based security organisations on just one hand six years ago!

I am pleased to announce that Dhananjaya ‘DJ’ Naronikar, CISSP has been appointed as the President and Chair, effective from 20 November 2018 and the chapter executive has unanimously ratified this on 18 September 2018. Between now and end-November, DJ will continue his role as the Chapter Director of Marketing and Media and support me in transitioning duties and seeking a replacement for his prior role.

Dhananjaya 'DJ' Naronikar is a senior GRC, Data, Agile, and Cyber professional with more than 21 years’ experience. His career includes leading the Enterprise Data Governance team at ANZ Bank, being an entrepreneur and a mentor for budding talent in the Data & Cyber domains.

He has previously held senior leadership roles in information security in such sectors as energy, professional services and consulting.






Are you prepared? | Are you resilient? | How will you respond?

(ISC) 2 Melbourne Chapter has partnered with the CISO Leaders Summit which is Australia’s leading event for the CISO’s and Heads of Information Security & Cyber from every major corporate company in Australia. The strictly invitation-only Summit will be held on Thursday 10th May 2018 at the Melbourne Convention Centre and will attract over 100+ delegates and speakers.

(ISC)2 Melbourne Chapter members who are CISOs, heads of IT security, industry thought leaders and/or experts in the information security field can register their interest to attend by visiting and clicking the REGISTER INTEREST button near the top-right. Registering interest is not necessarily a guarantee that an invitation will be offered. A member of the team will be in touch with more details shortly after receiving an expression of interest.

Cybercrime is on the rise and last year spending reached over $80 billion. “According to Gartner” that figure will rise to over $1 trillion dollars with both Public and Private sector being faced with unprecedented threat levels in the next 5 years.

The CISO Leaders Summit Melbourne will help your organisation and security leaders to discuss, debate and benchmark some of the critical challenges being faced around Cyber Security. More details are available on the Summit website, however in summary you can look forward to:


  • Network with 100+ of Australia’s leading CISO’s & Heads of IT Security & Cyber
  • 20+ Expert Presentations, Roundtable Sessions & Workshop Discussions
  • Tailored Personalised Agenda
  • Up to date content and industry knowledge from national and international industry experts


Effective April 15, 2018

Amidst the changes in technology and the evolving threat landscape occurring in information security, the CISSP exam is continuously updated to stay relevant. Effective 15 April 2018, the CISSP exam will be based on a new exam blueprint.

Refreshed content has been added to the CISSP to reflect the most current topics in information security. The result of these enhancements is an exam that most accurately reflects the competence required from an information security professional.

As a result of the content refresh, we have updated some of the domain names to describe the topics accurately.

For more information on the changes that will be made to the CISSP exam on 15 April 2018, please refer to the FAQs and Exam Outline

New CISSP Courseware and Study Materials 

We will be releasing new courseware and study materials reflecting the updated CISSP domains:

  • Official (ISC)² CISSP Training Course (classroom-based and online instructor-led) in April 2018
  • Sybex CISSP Study Guide in May 2018
  • Official (ISC)² CISSP CBK, Practice Test Book and CISSP for Dummies in Q3 Summer 2018


What do I need to do?

Effective April 15, 2018, the CISSP exam will be based on a new exam blueprint. Please refer to the appropriate outline based on when you plan to sit for the exam:

Prior to April 15, 2018

Effective on April 15, 2018

(ISC)2 official training partner gives official (ISC)2 CISSP training course in Melbourne

ES2 ( is an (ISC)2 official training partner (OTP). They are running the official (ISC)2 CISSP training course in Melbourne on 7th – 11th May 2018 and led by a certified (ISC)2 instructor.

If anyone is interested in attending, please Kelly Cochrane on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit for more details.