Global alliance to hold IT 'security day' in London

The first UK fruit of an alliance of three major international IT security organisations formed earlier this year will be a...

The first UK fruit of an alliance of three major international IT security organisations formed earlier this year will be a "security day" in London on 10 May.

The US-based groups represent three areas of IT security. The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) covers IT security professionals, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (Isaca) rep- resents IT auditors, and Asis International has its roots in physical security.

The first UK joint meeting of the organisations on 10 May will cover e-crime, BS7799 and ISO 17799 standards, e-government security and e-governance. The international boards of the three organisations took the first steps towards forming their alliance last February, spurred by the increase in and growing complexity of risks to business from hacking, viruses and other IT-related threats.

The alliance aims to:

  • Develop risk models that better qualify and quantify enterprise-wide security risks and the potential impact on business
  • Raise management awareness of existing and emerging risks
  • Promote a common security management voice to legislators and government agencies
  • Work together to define the qualification, certification and training requirements for security roles, including chief information security officer.

Informal talks between the UK boards of the organisations have already started, said Louis Gamon, regional director of ISSA EMEA. He added that formal talks to move the alliance forward through joint events and information sharing will be held on 1 June.

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Asis International

Asis, which has its roots in the physical security field, has more than 33,000 members worldwide. It advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government and the public.


With more than 35,000 members, mainly IT auditors, in nearly 100 countries, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association focuses on information governance, security and assurance.

Founded in 1969, Isaca develops international information systems auditing and control standards, and administers the CISA (certified information systems auditor) and CISM (certified information security manager) qualifications.


The Information Systems Security Association has more than 13,000 members in nearly 100 chapters around the world. It provides educational forums, executive forums, information resources and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members. It works closely with spin-off accreditation body (ISC)2, which oversees the CISSP (certified information systems security professional) qualification.

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