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ASIS International Signs Agreement with Information Systems Security Association

Alexandria, Va. 2009-02-25
ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Information Systems Security Association.  ISSA serves information security and risk professionals with more than 138 chapters and members in 70 countries, ranging from the first-year systems administrator to the senior-most information security executive.  ISSA is the second industry organization to align with ASIS in 2009. 
The vision of this relationship is to increase collaboration in and among organizations that have access to the disciplines and thought leadership surrounding Enterprise Security Risk Management. Providing a foundation where the respective organizations and their members can actively collaborate in the development of education content through research, demonstrated best practices, principles and approaches involving ESRM is the immediate objective. 
The ASIS approach was initiated in 2008 in response to the development and evolution of an Enterprise Security Risk Management body of knowledge.  ESRM is the practice of integrating all the areas of an organization that involve the protection of people, property and information. A key component of Enterprise Risk Management—which considers the entire risk universe, including financial, strategic and operational—ESRM is where security professionals ensure that multiple disciplines and business units communicate effectively and work together to identify, prioritize and mitigate risk.
“Our involvement with the ISSA is in the interest of rapid advancement and development of the ESRM body of knowledge,” says ASIS’ Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Stack.  “This relationship allows for periodic discussions regarding common strategic, tactical or operational opportunities or partnerships that would be mutually beneficial to each member’s organizations.”
According to the terms of the agreement, members of ASIS and ISSA will meet regularly to identify joint strategic and operational opportunities.  They will also collaborate on developing educational content for each other’s domestic and international programs.  Additionally, ASIS and ISSA will cooperate to provide mutual member discounts on fees to attend ASIS/ISSA educational programming, provide access to member’s only content on websites and support global evolution of security standards and guidelines.
“As the worlds of logical security, physical security and compliance converge, we need to continually equip our members, and our profession, with the skills to present a holistic view of security risks,” says ISSA’s President Howard A. Schmidt. “Working together with ASIS provides our chapters and members access to an array of educational events, as well as an extended network of security professionals, that will help prepare us for the next generation of security risk challenges.”

Earlier this year, ASIS formalized a relationship with the Open Security Exchange, a group dedicated to accelerating convergence of IT and physical security.  OSE signed an MOU with ASIS in January. 
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ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 37,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.
The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) serves information security and risk professionals with more than 138 chapters and members in 70 countries, ranging from the first-year systems administrator to the senior-most information security executive. ISSA is a peer-to-peer network of 10,000 members who collaborate to protect our organizations and combat the information security challenges of today–as well as those that will face us tomorrow. Together, ISSA members mobilize collective expertise and resources to anticipate, understand and prevent future threats.
ISSA affords information security and risk specialists access to affordable and intensive certification study courses in their own communities, designed by ISSA chapters and leading certification organizations and taught by members who are working professionals in the information security community.
ISSA provides a common baseline of concepts, principles and approaches that can be incorporated with the knowledge gained through formal training and on-the-job experience.  ISSA members set the standards for developing information security frameworks, ensuring the security of data systems, and understanding information risk impacts, which are all critical components in the success of businesses in the global marketplace.