Information Systems Security Association

Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit, international professional organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It was founded in 1984, after work on its establishment started in 1982.[2] ISSA promotes the sharing of information security management practices through educational forums, publications and networking opportunities among security professionals.

Information Systems Security Association
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HeadquartersVienna, VA

ISSA members and award winners include many of the industry’s notable luminaries and represents a wide range of industries – from communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and consulting to IT as well as federal, state and local government departments and agencies.[3]

The association publishes the ISSA Journal,[4] a peer-reviewed publication on the issues and trends of the industry. It also partners with ESG (Enterprise Strategy Group) to release a yearly research report, "The Life and Times of the Cyber Security Professional", to examine the experiences of cybersecurity professionals as they navigate the modern threat landscape and the effects it has on their careers.[5]


Information Systems Security Association has a board of directors that are elected annually by its members and a set of committees that are appointed. The headquarters of ISSA is located in Vienna, Virginia.

ISSA International Board of Directors Executive Officers President: Candy Alexander, CISSP, CISM

Vice President: Deb Peinert, CISSP-ISSMP

Secretary/Director of Operations: Dr. Shawn Murray, Ph.D., C|ISO, CISSP, CRISC, FITSP-A, C|EI

Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer: Pamela Fusco, CISSP


ISSA has an international membership base.


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. ISSA's goals are to promote security education and skills development, encourage free information exchanges, communicate current events within the security industry and help express the importance of security controls to enterprise business management.[6][7]

Code of ethicsEdit

As an applicant for membership, the individual is expected to be bounded to a principle of ethics related to the Information Security career.[8][9]

Applicants for ISSA membership attest that they have and will:

  • Perform all professional activities and duties in accordance with all applicable laws and the highest ethical principles;
  • Promote generally accepted information security current best practices and standards;
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of proprietary or otherwise sensitive information encountered in the course of professional activities;
  • Discharge professional responsibilities with diligence and honesty;
  • Refrain from any activities which might constitute a conflict of interest or otherwise damage the reputation of employers, the information security profession, or the Association; and
  • Not intentionally injure or impugn the professional reputation or practice of colleagues, clients, or employers.[10]

International presenceEdit

ISSA is present in more than one hundred countries, including Europe and Asia, with more than 10,000 members.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Sandra Lambert chats with Selena Templeton about founding ISSA in the early '80s". Retrieved 14 February 2019 – via
  3. ^ "ISSA International Award Winners". ISSA. Information Systems Security Association. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Information Systems Security Association". Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  5. ^ Group, Enterprise Strategy. "ESG Research - The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals". Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  6. ^ "About ISSA". ISSA. Information Systems Security Association. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  7. ^ Kovacich, Gerald L. (19 August 2003). The Information Systems Security Officer's Guide: Establishing and Managing an Information Protection Program. Butterworth-Heinemann. p. 311. Retrieved 14 February 2019 – via Internet Archive. Information Systems Security Association -wikipedia.
  8. ^ "Code Of Ethics ISSA". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  9. ^ "What is ISSA (Information Systems Security Association)? - Definition from". SearchSecurity. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  10. ^ "ISSA Code of Ethics". Archived from the original on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2007-11-23.