2019 Chapter Officers


President                                                                                     Vahan Galachyan, CISSP

Vahan Galachyan, CISSP, is a hands-on technologist with over 20 years of experience across a wide variety of industries and platforms, including banking, legal and pharmaceutical. His passions are information security, automation, and business process optimization. For his achievements, Vahan has received numerous excellence and innovation awards. In his spare time, Vahan mountain bikes and spends time with family and friends.

Past President                                                          Larry Halme, CISSP-ISSMP / ISSAP


Larry Halme is a security consultant with over twenty-five years of industry experience focused in the area of IT security. He has worked closely with state government, financial firms, credit card companies, service providers, global enterprise clients, branches of the military, and government agencies to plan, assess, remediate, and maintain robust security postures. By supporting a wide spectrum of consulting engagements, Mr. Halme has gained a broad knowledge of corporate security and Government INFOSEC issues. He has extensive experience in the areas of cross-discipline security assessments, compliance audits, enterprise operations security, penetration testing, intrusion detection, government criteria evaluation support, and security policy and documentation development. In the mid 80’s, Mr. Halme was a founding member of pioneer information security consulting/training company Arca Systems, Inc., its transition to a subsidiary of Exodus Communications, and Exodus’ acquisition by Cable & Wireless, and finally Cable & Wireless America’s acquisition by SAVVIS. Mr. Halme holds ISSMP, ISSAP, andCISSP certifications from (ISC)2; CISM and CISA certifications from ISACA; IEM and IAMcertifications from NSA; and a BS-EECS from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Halme is a founding member of (ISC)2-SF Chapter’s Board.

Treasurer                                                                                         Sam Mughal, CISSP


Sam Mughal is currently the CTO/Chief Security Architect for Bay Systems Consulting, Inc. located in Mountain View, CA. As an engineer and physicist, Sam has worked for a variety of government related organizations including: Lockheed Martin, NASA Ames Research Center and NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While working for NASA, Sam managed the DNS E-Root Server, Stratum 1 clock server and the nasa.gov domain and represented NASA at the United Nations conference in France. Sam has been published in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times and USIS. In addition to his work with the (ISC)2 San Francisco chapter, Sam has served on the board for the (ISC)2 Silicon Valley chapter and was the president and treasurer for the Northern California Certified Small Businesses Association (formerly NorCal 8(a) Association). Sam holds a CISSP certificate, was a nominee for the Senior Information Security Professional 2011 (ISC)2 ISLA Americas Award. He is a member of PMI and NCMS and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and Physics from Ohio Wesleyan. 

Membership Chair                                                                                                  Awin Ye

Awin is an Advisory Senior Consultant in the Technology Strategy team in Deloitte San Francisco. She previously spent her time in Enterprise Risk Services in Deloitte Vancouver. She has experience in service audit report (STAR/CCM, SOC1, SOC 2, etc), internal control frameworks, general computer controls, IT general controls Sarbanes–Oxley audit, data analysis, financial audit, project management, software development life cycle, and risk consulting. Awin is a Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Secretary                                                                                     Geoff Wasserman, CISSP

Geoffrey Wasserman, CISSP, started his computer career a few years before the Y2K countdown. He has a broad spectrum of IT and InfoSec experience. Geoffrey has worked closely with state and federal governments, Service Providers, Technology companies, Digital Forensics Firms, Financial Service Companies, and Law Firms. Some of his top areas of interest include: digital privacy, Operational Security, Information Security Governance – policy, legal interpretation, and case study. The latest creative attacks and mitigation techniques.

Advisor To The Board & Founder
                                     Christopher L. Jones, CISSP


Christopher L. Jones is currently an adviser to the board and one of the founding members of (ISC)2 San Francisco Chapter. With over 16 years’ experience in the field of information systems, Mr. Jones has worked in a variety of public and privately held organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Jones is an enabler of secure technological solutions, aimed at helping organizations align strategic business goals with investments in Information Technology, thereby empowering them with making highly effective IS driven and security focused business decisions. Currently, Mr. Jones is actively engaged with developing Information Security solutions for businesses and clients in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area.


2019 Committee Members

Nominating Committee

  • R Lee
  • Brian Rankin
  • John Fox