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(ISC)² Partners with AISA to Advance Cybersecurity in Australia

Agreement enables members of both associations to gain insight and value from each other

Clearwater, FL, February 5, 2020 – (ISC)² – the world’s largest nonprofit membership association of certified cybersecurity professionals – today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) to jointly work towards a safer and more secure cyber world.

As part of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), AISA recognises (ISC)² certifications as the global standard for cybersecurity certifications that AISA members can aspire to and achieve. AISA will run quarterly certification sessions to its membership for (ISC)² certifications including the CISSP, CCSP and SSCP, among others. AISA will promote to its members (ISC)²’s award-winning webinar series and its research studies, and offer discounts on (ISC)² Professional Development Institute (PDI) courses. This SPA enhances, deepens and solidifies measures contained in the earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between (ISC)² and AISA.

The recently published 2019 (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study indicates that the current cybersecurity workforce shortage in Australia requires an increase of approximately 45,000 skilled staff. In order to advance the cause of the cybersecurity profession and attract more talent, (ISC)² and AISA will help facilitate access to each other’s initiatives to provide additional insights and value to members of both organisations.

“There is a natural alignment between the visions held by (ISC)² and AISA, so both associations and their members can benefit from the type of collaboration we have agreed to,” said Clayton Jones, managing director for Asia-Pacific, (ISC)². “By partnering on cybersecurity education and awareness initiatives, we hope to advance the information security profession and standards development in Australia and address some of the challenges that exist when it comes to the workforce gap.”

In return, (ISC)² recognises AISA as the peak body for the cybersecurity industry in Australia, recognising the immense efforts AISA has undertaken to improve cybersecurity resilience across Australia. (ISC)² will promote the availability of AISA digital content and studies to its Australian members. In addition, AISA branches outside Sydney and Melbourne will operate as de-facto Chapters for (ISC)² under a special interest arrangement.

“The strategic partnership between (ISC)² and AISA helps to strengthen and develop cyber security capability and maturity in Australia,” said Damien Manuel, Board Chair, AISA. “Partnering helps to bring the sector together and provides additional opportunities for AISA members to contribute to the safety of Australians.”

About (ISC)²
(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)² offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, pragmatic approach to security. Our membership, more than 150,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and Education™. For more information on (ISC)², visit, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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