Internet Security Alliance

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Internet Security Alliance
Industry Software & Programming
Founded Virginia, USA (2001)
Headquarters Arlington, Virginia
Key people
Larry Clinton, President and CEO

Public Policy Advocacy

  • Business Services
  • Technical Services
  • Legal and Policy Services

Internet Security Alliance (ISAlliance) was founded in 2001 as a non-profit collaboration between the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), a federation of trade associations, and Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, focussing on cyber security. The ISAlliance is a forum for information sharing and leadership on information security, and it lobbies for corporate security interests.[1]


  • Work with legislative and regulatory bodies to ensure that market incentives are at the forefront of policy
  • Promote greater corporate responsibility on information security issues
  • Facilitate executive-to-executive communications about solutions to threats and emerging trends
  • Conducts research leading to identification and resolution of root causes to information security problems
  • Develop training programs across the gamut of corporate information security issues
  • Provide a coordination point for industry dialogue on self-regulation issues such as market incentives, IT risk management and privacy
  • Develop organizationally viable models for integration and adoption of security best practices
  • Educate senior management and boards, linking information security throughout the enterprise operations
  • Conduct timely seminars on emerging security issues
  • Provide early warning of emerging security threats and in-depth reports on vulnerabilities and threats[1]

The ISAlliance has proposed a "Cybersecurity Social Contract"[2] that offers an "action plan" to protect the United States from cyber attacks.[3]

International operations[edit]

While the ISAlliance is physically based in the United States, its membership operates internationally and the goal is international security for all its trusted partners. The ISAlliance has member companies on four continents. There has always been a non-U.S. based company on the Executive Committee. The ISAlliance believes the international communication it fosters is critical to the long-term success of achieving greater information security. Moreover, international representation and voice more realistically addresses the many difficult problems which face all users of the Internet.[4]


Published in 2009, The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk is the first known guidance document[5] to approach the financial impact of cyber risks from the perspective of core business functions. It provides guidance to CFOs and their colleagues responsible for legal issues, business operations and technology, privacy and compliance, risk assessment and insurance, and corporate communications.


  1. ^ a b "About the ISAlliance". 2009-10-29. Archived from the original on July 3, 2015. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  2. ^ Aitoro, Jill R. (2008-11-18). "Security industry calls on feds to invest in cybersecurity". Archived from the original on 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  3. ^ Bedford, Chris (2008-11-23). "Internet Security Alliance Proposes Action Plan". Homeland Security Today. Archived from the original on 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  4. ^ "International Scope". 2009-10-29. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  5. ^ "The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk". 2009-10-29. Archived from the original on 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 

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