History of (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, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 123,000 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 EducationTM.


  • CCSP® and HCISPP® received ANSI Accreditation for ISO/IEC 17024
  • InfoSecurity Professional magazine introduced a new eBook format.
  • The member endorsement process moved online.
  • Acclaim digital badges were launched.
  • The EMEA eSummits webinar series was launched.
  • APAC webinars were introduced in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
  • (ISC)² Foundation was renamed The Center for Cyber Safety and Education.


  • David Shearer was appointed (ISC)² Executive Director.
  • Wesley Simpson was appointed (ISC)² Chief Operating Officer.
  • The CCSP® was launched
  • CISSP won the SC Magazine Award for Best Professional Certification Program.
  • (ISC)² expanded operations and corporate presence in the Washington, DC metro area.
  • The CISSP course was recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education.
  • (ISC)² Foundation launched the Safe and Secure Online for Seniors program.


  • (ISC)² celebrated its 25th anniversary. Watch our 25th Anniversary video 
  • (ISC)² reached a milestone of 100,000 members.
  • (ISC)² introduced its International Academic Program.
  • CISSP won the SC Magazine Award for Best Professional Certification Program.


  • The CCFP® was launched
  • The HCISPP®was launched
  • The CSSLP became qualified for use under the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 8570.1 Mandate


  • (ISC)² began offering computer-based testing for its examinations.
  • (ISC)² introduced the iBook Guide to the CISSP CBK.


  • (ISC)² Education wins SC Magazine Award for “Best Professional Training Program” 
  • Inaugural (ISC)² Security Congress industry conference


  • CSSLP Exam became available via CBT
  • Launched InterSeC to the public
  • CISSP won SC Magazine Award for “Best Professional Training Program” 


  • The (ISC)² Online Resource Guide is launched to the public
  • Launched the (ISC)² ThinkTank – a Security Leadership Roundtable
  • (ISC)² launched its professional networking site - InterSeC
  • (ISC)²’s membership consists of over 60,000 members in more than 130 countries


  • Launched the InfoSecurity Professional magazine to its membership
  • Published the Hiring Guide to the Information Security Profession
  • The CSSLP® was launched
  • Won inaugural SC Magazine Award for “Best Professional Certification Program”
  • Launched the (ISC)² Security Blog


  • Launched (ISC)² e-Symposium Webcast under the (ISC)² Security Leadership Series as an exclusive member benefit
  • Won SC Magazine Award for “Best Professional Training Program” for second consecutive year


  • SSCP received ANSI Accreditation for ISO/IEC 17024
  • Launched “Safe and Secure Online” program with Childnet in the United Kingdom
  • Received inaugural SC Magazine Award for “Best Professional Training Program”


  • CAP® credential was launched
  • Declared 2005 the “Year of the Information Security Professional”
  • Established the Affiliated Local Interest Group (ALIG) program
  • Published the Career Guide to Information Security Profession


  • Opened an office in Tokyo
  • Released inaugural publication of Information Systems Security, The (ISC)² Journal
  • CISSP earns ANSI accreditation for ISO/IEC Standard 17024
  • Developed the Security Leadership Conference Series
  • (ISC)² corporate headquarters moved to Palm Harbor, Florida
  • Launched first (ISC)² Resource Guide for Today’s Information Security Professional
  • Released inaugural Global Information Security Workforce Study 


  • Recognized as one of the industry’s top IT certifications in Certification Magazine
  • Launched the Associate of (ISC)² and CISSP Concentrations
  • Formed the first Advisory Boards
  • (ISC)² Press was launched
  • Established the Information Security Scholarship


  • Opened its Asia-Pacific office in Hong Kong
  • (ISC)² Institute was established
  • Featured on the cover of CIO Magazine
  • Recognized its 10,000th member
  • Expanded information security education to Europe and Asia




  • Hired a professional management team
  • First managing director was hired




  • CISSP® credential established and first exam launched
  • U.S. Postal Service was the first organization to contract with (ISC)² for its certification services


  • The CBK committee finalized creation of the CBK’s general contents


  • The first CBK working committee was formed


  • (ISC)² was established as a non-profit corporation
  • First president of the Consortium was named
  • The first CBK® prototype was completed


  • The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., known as “The Consortium” was formed among several professional organizations to create a global information security certification process for professionals and address the need for standardized curriculum for the burgeoning profession. A series of strategy and planning meetings were held at Idaho State University and in Salt Lake City starting in November.
  • Watch our 25th Anniversary video 
  • Watch this video about (ISC)²’s beginnings from some of its founders.
  • Watch this video with a few of (ISC)²’s founders as they talk about the early challenges of the organization.