Developing and Connecting Cybersecurity Leaders Globally.
ISSA is the community of choice for international cybersecurity professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk and protecting critical information and infrastructure.
The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of its members. Join today.
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. Members include practitioners at all levels of the security field in a broad range of industries such as communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial, and government.
ISSA is dedicated to providing the following services to the information security community
- Promote the education and expand the knowledge and skills of its members in the interrelated fields of information systems security and information data processing
- Encourage a free exchange of information security techniques, approaches, and problem solving by its members
- Provide communication to keep members abreast of current events in information processing and security, providing benefits to them and their employers
- Communicate to management, and to systems and information processing professionals the importance of establishing controls necessary to ensure the secure organization and utilization of information processing resources
What members are saying
"Joining the Metro Atlanta ISSA Chapter has been the best career move I have made on many fronts. As a chapter member I have expanded my network within the profession, widened my circle of influence and increased the breadth of my knowledge. As a chapter officer, I have received excellent training and experience in leadership, teaching and vendor relationships.”
Damien Suggs - Senior Technology Security Manager, ATT; Metro Atlanta Chapter
"My security team regularly attends our local ISSA meetings. They gain the benefit of training and information sharing with other information security professionals. They also gain the opportunity to give something back to the security community in the form of topics they share. I know my team, as well as I, have learned from our participation in local ISSA meetings.”
Ron Shuck - Global Computing Security Manager, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.; Senior Member, Central Plains Chapter
"As a member of the ISSA CISO Executive Forum, I met with top information security leaders and discussed several challenges we faced back at the office. The insight and advice shared helped me tackle some our most complex challenges."
Dan LoPresto - Director, Info Protection, Marriott Worldwide Vacations; Senior Member, South Florida Chapter
"In a recent project, there were several open source and over the counter products involved. The task at hand was to make sure that not only did the components integrate seamlessly, but securely as well. Using several of the best practices discussed in the ISSA monthly meetings and annual Symposium helped our organization develop processes and procedures to ensure a successful outcome. We created a concise policy for open source software; reviewed and revamped our acquisition process for software; and made targeted modifications to processes, tools and training. The customer was pleased with our results.”
Darlene Dean - Owner, Dean Services; Senior Member, Orange County Chapter
"The access I’ve had through ISSA to experienced professionals who have freely shared their expertise has benefited me and my employer in countless ways. For example, I recently asked a fellow member for advice and recommendations for a ‘multi-factor authentication solution.’ Members of my ISSA chapter arranged for me to receive the needed solution at no cost, and additionally provided me free advice and support for the implementation. This saved my employer THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!"
Ken Desforges - Director, Information Systems, City of Diamond Bar; Senior Member, Inland Empire Chapter
"My association with ISSA enables me to build working relationships with professionals in my industry. We have shared common problems and found common solutions utilizing shared resources and training supplied by ISSA and at chapter meetings. This information allows me to design solutions in a more expeditious and effective way using tools and information that others have already researched.”
Bruce Lobree - Senior Member, Puget Sound Chapter
"Over the years, each organization I've worked for has benefitted from my association with ISSA. The social interaction between security professionals is the most beneficial aspect of the ISSA. Everyone has security issues and being able to draw on other professionals’ experience in solving issues has been invaluable. In addition to the knowledge base of its membership, the exposure to cutting edge technology has enabled me to request and implement products and services used in mitigating risk and strengthening defenses at my organizations.”
Frank Lohman - Information Assurance Manager, Tripler Army Medical Center; Senior Member, Hawaii Chapter
"Through a variety of mechanisms, ISSA offers unbiased information on a variety of information security issues and best practices. For example, we have found the information provided in the ISSA Journal to be helpful in discussions with our government sponsors on establishing frameworks for evaluating risks on specific IT topics and analyzing commercial offerings."
Nate Adams, Lead Information Security Engineer, The MITRE Corporation; Senior Member, Colorado Springs Chapter
"ISSA has been extremely valuable to me, providing me with education and networking opportunities that have introduced me to areas that I would not have been without it. Because of this diverse exposure, it has enabled me to grow/progress into the executive level position of CISO.”
Candy Alexander - CISO, LTC Partners, LLC; New England and New Hampshire Chapters
"My involvement in ISSA has opened up job opportunities and friendships that would have otherwise not existed. More specifically, I've been able to develop and sustain professional relationships that I can rely on going forward. In addition, serving as a chapter officer has helped strengthen my leadership skills, which in turn has made me more successful at my job.”
William E. Smith, Jr. - Information Security Analyst, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Baltimore Chapter
"I view my membership in ISSA as one of the best investments I’ve ever made in my career and my professional development. When I entered the security field, ISSA became my one-stop shop for networking with like minded professionals; learning about new technologies; comparing & discussing solutions to common challenges; and keeping up on industry trends. ISSA remains a relevant & necessary player within the security community. ISSA, and the collective knowledge & fealty of its membership, remains an important part of my security toolkit.”
Kim Jones - Phoenix Chapter
"Volunteering as a Board member has grown my understanding of the security field, given me leadership experience, and gave me the chance to network with peers - all of which have helped propel me in my career.”
John Rogers - Manager, IT Security & Privacy, Protiviti, Inc.; Metro Charlotte Chapter