Although U.S.-based, ISA is, and always has been, an international organization. Two of ISA’s five Board Chairs have been from European-based firms, and executives from Asian-based firms have also been elected to the ISA Officer Committee.
Following the publication of the ISA Cyber Security “Social Contract,” the U.S. State Department invited ISA President Clinton to fly, at government expense, to the NATO Cyber Centre for Excellence in Estonia to brief the NATO command on this unique approach to industry-government partnership in furtherance of sustainable cyber security. The State department has also funded trips for ISA to brief the Organization of American States (OAS) on cyber security.
Much of the ISA approach to international cyber security is anchored in the experiences of its sponsor members, virtually all of which are operating in numerous countries. This unique perspective led to the ISA being the only trade association asked to address NATO and U.S. War College sponsored “Defense of the Global Commons” Conference in 2010 at the U.S. War College’s Naval Postgraduate School. Much of the proceedings from this invitation-only event are soon-to-be-published in the “Defense of the Global Commons,” Edition II. ISA President Larry Clinton was asked to contribute the chapter on cyber security for this volume, which is set to be published in late 2012.
While touring Europe on the State Department-sponsored NATO trip, ISA was also asked to address a wide range of business and educational entities, including the international business community and the European Commission.
ISA strongly believes in maintaining a multi-stake holder approach to cyber security, rather than ceding this authority to an international body as is currently being suggested. ISA has joined several industry associations in asking that this policy be elevated to the Presidential platform level at the upcoming national Democratic and Republican Conventions.
Moreover, through its programs and its memberships to the Information Technology and Communications Coordinating Councils, ISA also facilitates interaction and global policy development with such organizations as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), ICANN, the European Union, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications and Information Working Group (APEC TEL).
For more information about ISA’s International Outreach or International Membership, please contact ISA President Larry Clinton at (703) 907-7090.