The Connecticut ISSA Chapter is a leading movement devoted to improving information security. Through its membership, Connecticut ISSA helps security professionals learn of information security issues and trends, which promote education, dialog, and leadership.

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® 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.

Meet Our Board

Carlos P. Branco

As a seasoned IT Enterprise Architect, my background runs the gamut of IT leadership roles in which I've set policies and managed large teams, to more technical roles in which I've managed cybersecurity risk by deploying innovative technology solutions.  My specialty is aligning business processes with best practices in technology, in such a way that provides meaningful business benefits.  I recognize that at the end of the day, IT needs to enhance the users' experience, and not just replace their tools.

Mike Samoska
Director Operations

IT and business professional with more than two decades of experience in IT security and network disciplines; focusing on emerging technologies and controls, to help better protect organizations. As a long-time supporter of the ISSA Connecticut Chapter, I look forward to working with our Board and the chapter membership to help share, educate and advance Security among IT Security professionals here in Connecticut.

Patrick O'Neill
Vice President

More than 15 years’ experience in the technology industry, spanning a variety of subsets—from code and software development, to educational technology, to managed service providers. When I recognized the need for strong security professionals, I returned to academia to work towards an MS in Cybersecurity at Utica College with my degree expected in August 2014. I am currently working as a Computer Forensic Consultant for Kyrus Technologies. I’m excited to continue the growth initiated by last year’s board and serving our membership currently as its Vice President.

Roman Simanovich
Membership Director

Founded Panther IT in 2004, an IT services and support company serving as the outsourced IT department for CT small businesses. Security threats are just as prevalent and detrimental to small business as they are to larger organizations. Recognizing the need to secure networks of all sizes has led to a focus on studying Information Security, and the application of learned skills to secure small to medium sized healthcare, financial, and professional services organizations throughout the state.

Peter Vogt
Past President

We are grateful to Peter, for his many years of service to ISSA-CT, as one of its founders.  Peter is an IT Security professional with more than two decades of experience in security-related business positions, working with advanced technologies and Fortune 500 executives to secure the enterprise. Peter helped found ISSA Connecticut Chapter in 1999, and is "President Emeritus" as repeated Chapter President

Bryan Chnowski

With nearly ten years in Information Security and five years with the ISSA, I am proud to be a leader of this organization. The rich history of this chapter is unparalleled and the future is very bright. Come be a part of this community and share your experiences with the rest of us.

Thomas Guy Osa
Vendor Sponsorship Executive Director

As an InfoSec practitioner with a focus on business technology optimization, I have 20 plus years consulting and advisory experience helping clients design and implement secure, reliable technology infrastructures and business operations. I appreciate and look forward to the opportunity to serve on our Board and to support our goals in 2014 to raise awareness of the security issues facing our business community. As the Vendor Sponsorship Executive Director for the chapter, I work closely with our vendor sponsors to provide our membership with continuing education, special events, and great membership interaction here in Connecticut. Our sponsors help make this possible.