About Us


President - Arthur Press


Arthur Press got his Information Technology start when his father bought him a ZX80 Sinclair.  The $200 computer sported 1k of memory and a 3.2 Mhz processor!  Despite its limitations, Arthur was immediately hooked and has been involved with computers ever since.  In 1999 he graduated from Cal Lutheran University with an MBA in Information Technology.  In 2008 he became a Volunteer Deputy with the Ventura County Sheriff’s department.  Being exposed to both law enforcement and IT Security gave Arthur a deep appreciation for those that protect and defend our lives and our computer systems. In 2010 he was awarded “Officer of the Year” by his peers.

Arthur’s interested in IT Security came when he learned about the 2013 Target credit card hack.  It fascinated him that unknown hackers broke into a 3rd party HVAC company and used that to pivot into Target’s credit card POS systems.  From there Arthur became intensely interested in IT Security.  In early 2015 he joined the local Ventura County chapter of the ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) as their Vice President.  In 2017 Arthur studied hard and passed the CISSP exam.  He also started teaching IT Security at Cal Lutheran University as an adjunct professor.  Late in 2017 Arthur was promoted to President of the Ventura County ISSA and continues leading it to this day.

He is the Cyber Security Manager for Semtech.  His team oversees IT security of Semtech’s worldwide operations.

Arthur conducts many all day, “hands on the keyboard,” training sessions for the Ventura County ISSA. Recent sessions include, “How to break into WiFi” and “How to build your own Pen Testing Network.” His hobbies include photography and swimming. 


Vice President - Roy Zarate

 Roy Zarate joined the ISSA Ventura County Chapter Board in January 2017.  Graduating with a Bachelors of Science and working in Information Technology for over 7 years has allowed him to understand business and technology.  Roy's effort has been enhancing our services to our members and his career goal is to provide a long term benefit for the Information Security community 


Secretary - Ingrid Lohneiss

 Ingrid Lohneiss is the Manager of IT Security, Risk and Compliance at Dole Packaged Foods. Ms. Lohneiss has over 28 years’ experience in Information Security, Risk and Compliance working previously for L.A. Care Health Plan, CJSeto Support Services, LLC where she worked for the Navy, Gartner and DST Systems, Inc. Ms. Lohneiss is a long-standing member of both ISSA and ISACA and holds CISM, CISSP and CRISC certifications. Also, she has previously held positions of Secretary, Vice-President and President of two user groups sponsored by CA Technologies, Inc, spanning over 15 years. 


Treasurer - Rudy Diaz

 Rudy Diaz currently serves as Vice President of Information Technology for BendPak, Inc., the world’s premier provider of automotive lifts, and is accountable for the company's enterprise IT architecture, technology strategy, and IT services. Mr. Diaz has held this position since 2011.  Prior to joining BendPak, Inc., Mr. Diaz held senior IT leadership positions, including  Director of Information Technology for Am-Pac Tire Distributors/Tire Pros in Simi Valley, CA and Director of Project Management Office-Information Technology for American Tire Distributors (ATD) in Huntersville, North Carolina. Mr. Diaz began his IT career in 1992 and has more than 20 years of experience in IT and Security. In addition, he holds several certifications from ISACA, PMI and GIAC, including CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, CISM, PMP, GLEG and GCPM