Information Systems Security Association

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Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit, international professional organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It was founded in 1984, after work on its establishment started in 1982. It provides educational forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities.

ISSA International Board of Directors[edit]

President: Keyaan Williams, CISSP, CCISO

Vice President: Roy Wilkinson PhD, CPCS, CHS-V, CISSP

Secretary/Director of Operations: Anne Rogers CISSP, CCE, PMP, EnCE, IAM, IEM

Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer: Pamela Fusco, CISSP


ISSA has an international membership base.


The primary goal of the ISSA is to promote management practices that will ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information resources. The ISSA facilitates interaction and education to create a more successful environment for global information systems security and for the professionals involved.[1]


Local chapters host periodic meetings, usually monthly, for educational and networking purposes. Events with broader scope are held at the regional, national and international levels.

ISSA members receive continuing education credits for attending all ISSA-sponsored activities, as well as activities sponsored by other organizations that uphold similar membership standards.

The following list includes some of the important ways that ISSA members work toward achieving the Association's goals:

  • Organize international conferences, local chapter meetings and seminars that offer educational programs, training and valuable networking opportunities.
  • Provide access to information through the ISSA website as well as an online newsletter and monthly journal.
  • Offer support for professional certification and development opportunities for security practitioners.
  • Create opportunities for members to join committees and boards, which provide significant leadership for the security industry.
  • Facilitate discussion and feedback on key issues, such as the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, in order to create a unified voice for security professionals around the world that can influence public opinion, government regulations, the media and other important audiences.

Code of Ethics[edit]

As an applicant for membership, the individual is expected to be bounded to a principle of ethics related to the Information Security career.[2]

Applicants for ISSA membership attest that they have and will:

  • Perform all professional activities and duties in accordance with all applicable laws and the highest ethical principles;
  • Promote generally accepted information security current best practices and standards;
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of proprietary or otherwise sensitive information encountered in the course of professional activities;
  • Discharge professional responsibilities with diligence and honesty;
  • Refrain from any activities which might constitute a conflict of interest or otherwise damage the reputation of employers, the information security profession, or the Association; and
  • Not intentionally injure or impugn the professional reputation or practice of colleagues, clients, or employers.

International presence[edit]

ISSA is present in more than one hundred countries, including Europe and Asia, with more than 10,000 members.[3]


  • ISSA-UK is one of ISSA's largest chapters. Tim Holman was elected President in 2011.

Corporate Alliances[edit]

ISSA has established an Information Security Program alliance with Microsoft Corporation.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About ISSA". ISSA. Information Systems Security Association. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Code Of Ethics ISSA".
  3. ^ "20years of ISSA" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Press Release" (PDF).