ISACA celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2014, and marked this accomplishment with a year of great advancements. One of the most visible and impactful events was the launch of Cybersecurity Nexus(CSX). At a time when cybersecurity breaches and devastating hacks make news daily, CSX offers innovative ways to help provide resources for cybersecurity professionals at all levels and fill the global skills gap. ISACA also successfully introduced the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate and several workshops were sold out, which further supports the need and acceptance of CSX worldwide.
In addition, the online version of COBIT 5 was released, complete with a new Goals and RACI (responsible, accountable, consulted, informed) planner. This tool helps organizations of all sizes and industries improve governance and management of enterprise IT. COBIT 5 is used globally to help create value and address business issues.
We also implemented our digital strategy and are able to provide members with fresher content more frequently and in an easy-to-use format. Most notably, the ISACA Journal—one of the top member benefits—is now publishing online articles every two weeks instead of every two months. COBIT Focus, which provides the latest news and case studies about COBIT, is also publishing articles more frequently.
And in September, ISACA took another step toward its future by welcoming our new chief executive officer, Matt Loeb. Matt brings to ISACA a depth of experience, and he will be an instrumental factor in our future growth.
Driving all of these activities is ISACA’s commitment to what ultimately makes us a successful organization—our valued members around the world. For all of you who have attended chapter meetings, obtained CISA, CISM, CGEIT or CRISC certifications, participated in a Training Week or conference, or read the ISACA Journal or one of our many other excellent research publications, the board of directors and I thank you for your support and expertise. The future of ISACA has never looked brighter.
Robert E Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC
2014-2015 ISACA International President