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ISSA International President Keyaan Williams

Recognizing Excellence in Our Membership

The 2018 Fellow Program cycle is now open—nomination and applications will be accepted through June 17, 2018.

The membership of the ISSA includes the best members of the global information security profession. Because of our members and who they are, we have the ability to focus on developing and connecting cybersecurity leaders globally. Our local chapters and ISSA International provide members with a wealth of resources focused on education and professional development that keeps people current with industry trends and developments in an ever-evolving field. The ISSA Fellow Program extends the value of ISSA membership by recognizing the exemplary, long-term contributions of people who help us achieve our mission. These members distinguish themselves by advancing the professionalism, stature, and influence of the profession. Recognition is a great way to say “thank you” and honor our members who work in the pursuit of service, knowledge, and excellence for the benefit of the information security industry and our profession.

Goals of Fellow Program

  • Promote lifetime membership and dedication
  • Provide the information security profession progressive markers of significant professional achievement
  • Encourage...
    • Service to ISSA International, ISSA chapters, and to the profession
    • Technical, academic, and research excellence
    • Managerial and program/project excellence
    • Non-profit certification bodies to promote ISSA
    • Interaction with fellow ISSA members
  • Create value perception in the information security industry

Membership in the Fellow Program

There is no limitation on the number of members who may be granted Senior Member status. People recognized as Senior Members represent those who have five years of ISSA membership and eight years of professional experience that has contributed to the profession. All members who meet the qualification for Senior Member should consider applying to receive this honor and designation, recognizing a commitment to the ISSA and the information security profession.

Fellow status is limited to a maximum of two percent of the membership. People recognized as Fellows represent those who have eight years of ISSA membership and at least three years of volunteer leadership in the association. Many of our Fellows have served as chapter leaders and program directors who support our members both locally and internationally. In addition, Fellows of the ISSA have at least 12 years of professional experience that includes five years of significant performance in the profession. Many of our Fellows are distinguished faculty, researchers, directors of security programs, and CISOs.

No more than one percent of members may hold Distinguished Fellow status at any given time. People recognized as Distinguished Fellows represent the best that the association has to offer to the information security industry and the profession. These members have maintained at least 12 years of association membership that includes at least five years of volunteer leadership for the ISSA. Many of our Distinguished Fellows have served numerous years as chapter leaders. They have sustained contributions to key committees that support the activities of the International Board of Directors, and many of them have served on the International Board as executive officers or directors. In addition, Distinguished Fellows of the ISSA have at least 16 years of professional experience that includes at least 10 years of exceptional service and significant contributions to local, state, national, or international security postures or capabilities.

The ISSA Fellow Program allows the association to recognize and thank the heroes of our profession who are making a difference. Please consider the value that this program offers and nominate association members who qualify for recognition as Senior Member, Fellow, or Distinguished Fellow. Members who are accepted as Fellows and Distinguished Fellows for the 2018 cycle will be recognized at the 2018 ISSA International Conference.

Thank you,

~Keyaan Williams

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