Cloud Security Alliance and Information Systems Security Association Form New Partnership to Advance the Cybersecurity Profession

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SEATTLE – June 30, 2020 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), a nonprofit organization for the cyber professional community, supporting career growth and promoting effective cyber security on a global basis, announced today that the two parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on a variety of initiatives with the goal of both supporting and strengthening the cybersecurity profession.

“Our partnership with ISSA heralds an exciting opportunity for both organizations to collaborate and bring our strengths and unique sets of expertise to the table to benefit cloud and cybersecurity professionals across the spectrum,” said Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO, Cloud Security Alliance. “Our mutual vision will translate into increased opportunities for research and professional development for all parties involved.”

“We are thrilled to be embarking on a partnership with CSA that will support cybersecurity professionals and the cybersecurity community at-large,” said ISSA International President Candy Alexander. “We plan to invest our resources to bring vital research to both memberships and lend our security expertise to CSA’s working groups.”

As part of this new relationship, CSA and ISSA will support each other’s initiatives and meetings, including along with a number of key areas including:
• ISSA stakeholdership in CSA’s Certificate of Cloud Auditing Knowledge program
• The sharing and mapping of curated education content using the ISSA Cyber Security Career Lifecycle as a framework
• Shared research findings from the ISSA/ESG annual global survey
• Special offers for ISSA members to achieve Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (both exam and online, self-paced course)
• Promotion of CSA working groups to ISSA chapters and its broader membership
• Participation in CSA’s SECtember conference, September 14-18, 2020 in Seattle, WA
• Use of ISSA’s Special Interest Groups to support CSA working groups as appropriate
Registration is now open for SECtember, the first global event dedicated to the intersection of cloud and cybersecurity. Sign up to attend now to save with early bird pricing by July 3.

About ISSA
The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)™ is the community of choice for international cyber security professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk, and protecting critical information and infrastructure. ISSA members and award winners include many of the industry’s notable luminaries and represent a broad range of industries – from communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and consulting to IT – as well as federal, state and local government departments and agencies. Through regional chapter meetings, conferences, networking events and content, members tap into a wealth of shared knowledge and expertise. Follow us on Twitter at @ISSAINTL. Learn more about ISSA.

About Cloud Security Alliance
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, training, certification, events, and products. CSA's activities, knowledge, and extensive network benefit the entire community impacted by cloud — from providers and customers to governments, entrepreneurs, and the assurance industry — and provide a forum through which different parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem. For further information, visit us at, and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.

Media Contacts
Kari Walker for the CSA
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Leslie Kesselring for ISSA
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