Computer Security Institute

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The Computer Security Institute (CSI) is a professional membership organization serving practitioners of information, network, and computer-enabled physical security, from the level of system administrator to the chief information security officer. It was founded in 1974.[1]

CSI conducts two conferences per year — the Annual Computer Security Conference and Exhibition and CSI SX. Internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales was a keynote speaker at CSI’s Annual Conference, held November 6–8, 2006, in Orlando, Florida.[2]

CSI is perhaps best known for the annual CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey, conducted by CSI with the collaboration of the San Francisco Federal Bureau of Investigation's Computer Intrusion Squad and researchers from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.[3][4][5] The 11th annual survey was released in August 2006, and is freely available to the general public at CSI staff have also testified as expert witnesses before United States Senate committee hearings.[6]

CSI members receive a $200 discount off of CSI conferences, the Alert (a monthly report that analyzes security-related news), and access to the CSI Security Resource Center to review previous issues of the Alert. CSI members belong to a community of security professionals.[7]

As of September 2014, CSI appears to have ceased operations and the CSI website returns a 404 File Not Found error.


  1. ^ About the Computer Security Institute at official website for CSI, URL last accessed October 16, 2006.
  2. ^ Keynote Sessions Schedule at official website for Computer Security Conference & Exhibition, URL last accessed October 4, 2006.
  3. ^ Radcliff, Deborah, Cyber project targets break-ins – FBI/Computer Security Institute report – Industry Trend or Event, Software Magazine, November 1, 1997 (URL last accessed October 16, 2006).
  4. ^ Hatcher, Thurston, Survey: Costs of computer security breaches soar,, March 12, 2001 (URL last accessed October 16, 2006).
  5. ^ What's the Current State of Computer Network Security?, Federal Bureau of Investigation press release, July 25, 2005 (URL last accessed October 16, 2006).
  6. ^ Testimony of Richard G. Power before The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, hosted by Federation of American Scientists website, June 5, 1996 (URL last accessed October 16, 2006).
  7. ^ CSI Member-only Newsletter at official website for CSI, URL last accessed October 16, 2006.

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