The ISA History IS  A History of Thought Leadership, Advocacy, Programs and Success

Since our founding in by Carnegie Mellon University and others,  ISA has stayed in the forefront of thought leadership creating and operating programs designed to enhance our nation’s cyber security. How can we do it?  We have the best people as out Members.  ISA Members represent the wisdom and the experience of the BEST cyber security professionals.  Together, we have written the books, the papers and initiated the programs that are the ground-breaking edge of cyber security.

Historic Highlights Through The Years


-PricewaterhouseCoopers releases its annual Global Information Security Survey and cites “Cyber Risk Handbook, prepared by ISA, AIG & NACD for having a substantial impact on how corporate boards are now addressing cyber security.

-ISA-supported legislation on information sharing passed the House and Senate and is included in “must pass” omnibus spending now pending before Congress. The President has said he will sign the legislation which follows the “Social Contract” model first pioneered by ISA in 2008 which replaces government mandates with market incentives, in this case liability benefits, to promote improved cyber security.

-ISA President Larry Clinton is identified as one of the 100 most influential people in the field of corporate governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

-ISA launches initiative to develop the ISA Social Contract 3.0 which will provide cybersecurity thought leadership for the incoming 2016 administration.

-In partnership with the world’s second largest law firm DLA Piper, ISA launched the CyberTrak service. CyberTrak, a one-stop-shop for cyber security laws and regulations for 23 key markets around the world, was designed by the ISA board to lower costs for multi-jurisdictional companies in complying with cyber regulations.

-The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) requests ISA develop a certificate generating training program for corporate boards based on the Principles outlined in the Handbook for Corporate Directors ISA created for NACD in 2014.

-ISA working in an elite group charged with reimaging privacy and security to bridge the gap between the two communities on public policy. Members include Admiral Mike Mac Connell, Former Director of National intelligence; Robert Mueller, Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Stewart Baker, Former General Counsel, National Security Agency (NSA); Art Coviello, Former Chairman, RSA Nuala O’Connor, President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology ; Trevor Hughes, President and CEO, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP); Ann Cavoukian, Former Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Canadian Province of Ontario.

-ISA launches the Internet Security Alliance For Europe (ISAFE) as its European affiliate with former Vodafone Global Security Director, Richard Knowlton, as Chief Executive.

-ISA attends President Obama’s Cyber Security Summit in Palo Alto, CA

-ISA is Industry Keynote Speaker for the first meeting of the Cybersecurity Forum for Independent and Executive Branch Regulators consisting of the SEC, FTC, FCC, NRC, FRB, NAIC, FERC, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and the Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee (FBIIC).

-DHS asks ISA to present industry key-note at the first Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) public meeting following the release of EO 13691 on Information Sharing.



-House Cyber Security Task Force released a report of legislative recommendations which closely follows ISA recommendations


-US Commerce Department Secretary Locke cites the ISA Security Checklist for Smart Phones as a major accomplish in Cyber Security for 2010


-ISA President Larry Clinton briefs NATO Cyber Excellence Center on the Social Contract approach at the request of the State Department.

-ISA President Larry Clinton briefs the European Union (Brussels) on the Social Contract approach to cyber security.

-President Obama releases “Cyberspace Policy Review’ widely citing ISA White Papers


-ISA authored and published Social Contract, premiering the ISA “Market-Based Incentives” approach for cyber security.


-ISA, along with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), launched initiative to use SCAP (automated security system designed for federal desktop) in unified communication platforms such as VoIP.

-ISA, along with ANSI, create an action guide for enterprises to better understand the financial risk of cyber events


-ISA, along with Carnegie Mellon University, helps to secure the IT supply chain.


-ISA Chaired the Congressionally appointed Cross Sector Cyber Security Working Group


-ISA published best practices for cyber security for small businesses.


-ISA published best practices to combat insider threats


-ISA published a best practices for mobile executives

-ISA published a best practices for senior corporate managers


-ISA provides threat and vulnerability information from CERT/cc at Carnegie Mellon University

-ISA Established.




Jeffrey Ritter, President of Ritter Academy with ISA Board Chair, Ken Silva (VeriSign, 2005-2009), at the release of ISA's Best Practices for Contracts enforcing security to partners and vendors.
ISA is an industry collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). CMU Provost Dr. Mark Kamlet is shown releasing one of many ISA "Best Practices" publications.


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