Happy 50th Anniversary ISACA!
ISACA was not always known by this name. When the first business computers came available in the 1950s, only the very largest organizations could afford them. By the 1960s, the rapidly increasing use of commercial computers, such as the IBM System/360, created a growing need for controls and auditing. Despite growing use of computing, there was a distinct shortage of appropriate tools, knowledge and experience. “There was no authoritative source of information,” said ISACA’s first president, the late Stuart Tyrnauer. “No cohesive force, no place to turn to for guidance.” Spurred by the need for these resources, Tyrnauer and others who worked at these large California companies began meeting regularly over dinner at Diamond Jim’s, a local restaurant. These visionaries, who were neither programmers nor financial auditors, would eventually define their fledgling profession as Electronic Data Processing auditing. The informal dinner meetings continued to attract interested attendees—some who worked in data processing departments, some in accounting firms and some within internal auditing departments. The motivation for meeting was to share insights and experiences. On 23 October 1969 Tyrnauer and six others incorporated the Electronic Data Processing Auditors Association (EDPAA). “From that point on, it was up to the association to parallel the rapid progress of computer technology in order to provide current and relevant information to its members,” according to Robert Parker, another ISACA past president.
EDPAA decided to visit the question of the name change as a way to ensure continuing relevance. By this time, many considered the term “EDP” to be archaic, and the organization wanted to better recognize the control community under its umbrella. Acronyms under consideration included IISA, ISAA, ITAA, AISA, AISAC, OISAC, OISAS, OASIS and CAISA. The eventual winner—ISACA, which was originally suggested in 1982—incorporated all critical keywords, and the full name was adopted in 1994: Information Systems Audit and Control Association. The name change coincided with the organization’s 25th anniversary in 1994.
Today as ISACA has reached a half-century, the figures speak for themselves. From a handful of passionate individuals sharing insights over dinner, ISACA has grown into a global organization with more than 221 Chapters, 139,000 members in 188 countries, and approximately 35 of these chapters have introduced the SheLeadsTech program. Furthermore, over 450,000 professionals rely on ISACA for knowledge, best practices and education, including annual conferences around the world. In addition to the CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) and CISM (Certified Information Systems Manager) certifications, the organization offers a broader portfolio of credentials that includes the Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT, established in 2006), the Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC, established in 2010), and, most recently, the Cybersecurity Nexus Practitioner (CSXP).
Thank you kindly to all of our sponsors, volunteers, affiliate partners, attendees and ISACA Vancouver members for making our 5th Annual BC AWARE Campaign another resounding success!
About ISACA Membership and Chapters: ISACA (www.isaca.org) helps global professionals lead, adapt and assure trust in an evolving digital world by offering innovative and world-class knowledge, standards, networking, credentialing and career development. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global nonprofit association of 140,000 professionals in 180 countries. ISACA also offers the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), a holistic cybersecurity resource, and COBIT, a business framework to govern enterprise technology.