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History of (ISC)²®

With over 20 years of service, we reflect on the achievements of our founders and members and how they’ve shaped the information security profession. We’ve expanded from a handful of passionate volunteers and 500 applicants for the first CISSP® credential, to a professional staff serving over 75,000 members worldwide from Antigua to Zimbabwe. (ISC)² has become synonymous with the “people” part of the information security equation, and certifications have become the highest in demand around the world.  We’ve accomplished a great deal over the past twenty years, thanks to those professionals who have dedicated their time and knowledge.  We truly appreciate your commitment to our mission of making the world we live in a safer place by educating and certifying professionals in information security.  Your continued support will help us to build upon our success.


1988

  • “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 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

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1989

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

1990

  • The first CBK working committee was formed

1992

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

1994

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

1997


2000

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

2001


2002

  • 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

2003

  • 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 

2004


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2006

  • 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”

2007

  • 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 

2008


2009

  • 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 

  

2010

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

   

2011

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

2013

 

  • 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

 

 

THE CONSORTIUM

The initial groups that joined together to form (ISC)² included:

Canadian Information Processing Society
Computer Security Institute
Data Processing Management Association
(two special interest groups)
Idaho State University
Information Systems Security Association
International Federal for Information Processing

 

(ISC)² FOUNDERS

Sandra M. Lambert, CISSP-ISSMP
Dr. Philip Fites
Sally Meglathery, CISSP
Harold “Hal” F. Tipton, CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP
Martin Kratz
Michael J. Corby, CISSP
Professor Corey Schou, PhD, Fellow of (ISC)²
J.D. Fluckiger, CISSP
Richard “Rick” C. Koenig, CISSP
James H. Finch
Carolyn V. Deverin
Gilbert Hedger