The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is the largest, not for profit, international organisation for information security professionals. I’ve been a member of the ISSA for several years, before joining the management team. Its strength lies in the diversity of its membership and the wealth of experience of its members.
The diversity of its membership comes from not only industry sector (government, finance, legal, security vendor, reseller, academia, and consultancy all represented) but also job role (architect, CSO, CTO, CEO, consultant, director, researcher, student). Our current advisory board contains Members of Parliament, peers, members of Cabinet Office, SOCA and various vendors, financial institutions and academia. This allows for a holistic view of the industry.
The UK’s chapter of the ISSA is the second largest chapter worldwide and continues to be an innovate chapter for information security. We are currently working on a new standard for SME security: details of this will be announced later this year.
By joining the ISSA, as a member you will have free access to the events hosted in 2011. These events reflect the diversity of the membership of the ISSA and make for engaging debate. In addition, they also count towards CPE credits for those wishing to maintain their certifications. Each event typically counts for 3 CPE, whilst the security days typically counting for 6.
2011 ISSA-UK Events:
10th March 2011, London:
“Through the Barricades” – infrastructure security
12th May, 2011, Bletchley Park:
Security Training Day: Ethical Hacking & Forensics
17th May, 2011, Edinburgh:
The Emerging Threat
9th June, 2011, London:
14th July, 2011, HMS President, London:
Security Training Day: Anti-malware Dragon’s Den
8th September 2011, London:
1st November, Glasgow:
Trends In Information Security
22nd November, Leeds:
Trends In Information Security
8th December, London:
Chapter Meeting & Festive Drinks
13th December, London:
Microsoft Security Training Day
Discounts on Conferences & Training
Membership of the ISSA provides discount on attending numerous partner events including:
- RSA Europe
Webcasts and eSymposiums
The ISSA run webcasts which cover current topics of discussion in the information security industry. Attendance at these webcasts is free and webcast attendance typically counts towards CPE credits for maintaining current eligible certifications.
Membership provides a number of periodicals:
- A monthly e-newsletter updating members on ISSA news and events
- A bi-annual magazine “The ISSA Journal” delivered to your door
- A monthly e-magazine “The Journal”
The strength of the ISSA lies in the diversity of its membership. This provides a holistic view of the information security industry and provides excellent networking opportunities:
- Participate in innovative workgroups (e.g. the new initiative on security for SMEs)
- Share advice with your peers
- Broaden your knowledge by exposure to new technologies, legislation and industry sectors
Membership of the ISSA signifies that you are:
- Connected to a highly regarded organisation
- Part of a network of global information security peers
- Committed to professional growth and development
Membership is extremely good value for the money with annual membership fees for general membership at $95. Student membership is at the discounted rate of $30. The UK chapter is one of the few chapters to provide attendance of events for free for current members. Online joining instructions can be found at the ISSA’s website: https://www.issa.org/page/?p=Join_Online_8
Our next event is on March 10th in London – “Through the Barricades” (Infrastructure Security). Details of this event are online at: http://tinyurl.com/6xhg7sq. This first event of 2011 is free for both non members and members (AGM section for members only).
For any membership enquiries please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Phil Stewart is Director of External Communications at the ISSA-UK