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ISSA Overview

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.


With active participation from individuals and chapters all over the world, the ISSA is the largest international, not-for-profit association specifically for security professionals. 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.

The ISSA international board consists of some of the most influential people in the security industry, with representatives from Dell Computer Corporation, EDS, Forrester Research Inc., Symantec, and Washington Mutual. With an international communications network developed throughout the industry, the ISSA is focused on maintaining its position as The Global Voice of Information Security.


The primary goal of the Information Systems Security Association, Inc. (ISSA) is to promote practices that will ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of organizational information resources. To achieve this goal, members of the Association must reflect the highest standards of ethical conduct. Therefore, ISSA has established the following Code of Ethics and requires its observance as a prerequisite for continued membership and affiliation with the Association. 


As an ISSA member, guest, and/or applicant for membership, I have in the past and will in the future: 

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