When I was installed as ISACA’s international president, I made three promises. I said we’d continue to effectively serve our members who work in audit and assurance, we would drive adoption and use of COBIT 5, and we would make cybersecurity a top focus. Cybersecurity has climbed its way to the top of many of our priority lists. And we at ISACA have listened. To best serve our members and the profession, we are committed to doing for cybersecurity what we have done—and continue to do—for assurance and governance.
This is a pivotal moment—an exciting time in our industry. The tremendous global impact that cybersecurity issues and threats are having is creating many new challenges and opportunities for all of us. These challenges and opportunities bring with them an urgent need for skilled professionals who can protect and defend enterprises worldwide. Experienced security professionals are key to the success of fighting against cyberadversaries. We learned a lot about that from the Cybersecurity Credentials Collaborative (C3), including CompTIA, GIAC, ISACA, (ISC) 2, and ISSA, who met at our North America ISRM conference in November. They discussed what organizations need from cybersecurity professionals and how to develop candidates to effectively fulfill these roles. As panel members pointed out, we are in era of cybersecurity, and security is everyone’s responsibility. The only way to win the battle is to inspire the whole society to work together and get things done effectively.
As cybersecurity challenges and opportunities are transforming the way in which we all live and work, ISACA is also expanding to better serve you. We want to help you protect what you have built. We will do that by providing the education, guidance and solutions you are seeking—and by helping you develop your teams with the right people and the right skills.
In April, ISACA launched Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX). Through CSX, we are connecting enterprises and skilled professionals to help close the dramatic skills gap.
Now, as part of that mission, we are announcing CSX 2015 North America—a brand-new conference experience. It will deliver the risk management guidance that so many of you find valuable at ISRM, but it will also dive deeper than ever into the cybersecurity approaches and solutions that are demanded by professionals and organizations around the world.
Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, and ISACA takes this responsibility very seriously. We developed CSX for you, and we will deliver it with you, to best serve you and your industries. We will give you the tools, credentials, community and education you need to meet cybersecurity challenges head on. CSX 2015 is one way we will accomplish that.
This brand-new conference features more than 70 cybersecurity sessions tailored to different levels of expertise. Attendees will explore cybersecurity trends and threats, exchange ideas and innovations, and learn how to excel at protecting and defending against cyber threats and attacks. From start to finish, CSX 2015 will focus on real-world solutions explained step by step by recognized industry leaders.
Be sure to mark your calendars now for CSX North America 2015 in Washington DC. I promise you—this is an event you won’t want to miss! North America is just the first step. We’ll be introducing CSX events throughout the world in 2016 and 2017.
Cybersecurity challenges will continue to advance and grow. Rest assured that ISACA will be there for you every step of the way.
Robert E Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC
2014-2015 ISACA International President