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The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.

With active participation from individuals and chapters all over the world, the ISSA is the largest international, not-for-profit association specifically for security professionals. Members include practitioners at all levels of the security field in a broad range of industries, such as communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and government. There are currently over 179 chapters in more than 79 countries around the world. This membership encompasses approximately 10,000 members worldwide.

The primary goal of the ISSA is to promote management practices that will ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information resources. The ISSA facilitates interaction and education to create a more successful environment for global information systems security and for the professionals involved.

On a regional note, Colorado boasts two chapters. The Denver Chapter of ISSA is very active in the metropolitan area. They meet monthly and have an annual slate of speakers for their meetings. Only seventy some miles south of Denver is the Colorado Springs Chapter. Our chapter maintains 400-500 active members and also meets monthly. We also host two one-day conferences each year. The Colorado Springs Chapter is also proud to host the Cyber Security Training and Technology Forum (CSTTF). The CSTTF is a two-day conference drawing participants from all over the country.

Our Chapter was honored in being named the ISSA Chapter of the Year for 2005 and again in 2008. Two members were also named to the ISSA Honor Roll in 2005 for their continued support to ISSA and the information security field in general. One member was named to the ISSA Hall of Fame in 2008. ISSA-COS includes three Distinguished Fellows, 11 Fellows, and 39 Senior Members.

The Colorado Springs Chapter is committed toward helping its members grow professionally. To do this we provide scholarships and negotiate discounts to security training and education events in the region. Our chapter is also committed to advancing the information security field in Colorado, particularly along the Front Range. We work with institutions of higher education from Ft. Collins to Pueblo. Our chapter is also working with other local universities toward including security courses and conferences in their offerings.

The Colorado Springs chapter has an international reach. One member is active in working in South America, speaking at universities and other venues about information security, while helping establish ISSA chapters in those countries. He established the ISSA chapter in Bogota, Colombia.

We, the members of the Colorado Springs chapter of ISSA, invite you to join ISSA and pick ISSA-COS as your chapter. Apply online at www.ISSA.org