Each week, we’ll highlight a major city in the US and cover the places and events you can go to in that area to get your security information fix. This post is part of the information security communities.
Situated in the Great Lakes area, Milwaukee is known for its brew and taverns. Aside from that, it also hosts a few local professional groups that keep the security community spirit alive.
- OWASP Milwaukee Local Chapter – Lead by Matthew Chalmers, you can subscribe to their list here.
- ISSA Milwaukee Chapter – This ISSA chapter meets every second Tuesday and discuss a variety of security topics. You can read some of the presentations here.
- ISACA Kettle Moraine Chapter – The chapter meets every second Wednesday between September and May and is open to any professional in the Milwaukee area. Check out their past presentations or view their event calendar.
- InfraGard Wisconsin – One of the larger InfraGard organizations and it covers Milwaukee as well as Madison and Green Bay. Sign up here and be part of this FBI-backed team of security experts.
- AITP Southeast Wisconsin – If you are looking for a more general kind of organization, this is the one for you. Their next meet is on Sept., 23, 2010.Check out more details here.
On top of the formal groups, there are less formal local meetings that let you lose the tie without losing the attitude.
- DC 414 – Anarchy Angel leads the pack for this DefCon group. The site hasn’t been updated in a while but you can try to catch them at the West Bend Library every first Friday.
- MilSec – A CitySec group that welcomes everyone who works in security, is interested in security or just like to talk (or listen) to security stuff. Follow them here.
There’s also a hackerspace you can visit when in Milwaukee.
- Milwaukee Maker Space – They are still actively looking for a space to rent and for founding members to help out in starting the group up. Join the mailing list here.
If you’re in the city, perhaps you want to pay tribute to the Bronze Fonz, sit down and have a few beers with some of the friendly security folks in Milwaukee.