The Road to ISACA 50
Follow along as we gear up for our 50th anniversary in 2019 and help us count down to the future!

By: Dario Sarlo | September 24, 2018

As we prepare for ISACA’s 50th anniversary, we are busy gathering and preserving our history. At the chapter level, you can help by sharing with us your local history—photos, stories, significant documents—on the ISACA50 website. Let’s make this a truly global story!
The Tokyo chapter (#89, which started in 1984) recently rounded up many photographs from its 1988 Annual International Meeting, as well as several other events in its history.

EDPAA’s Asia-Pacific Conference in Tokyo, 1988: the welcome party with the Shakuhachi Performers.

By: Dario Sarlo | September 20, 2018

In his keynote speech at the 1974 EDP Auditors Conference, National President of EDP Auditors Association Bud Friedman reflected on the EDP auditor’s role and ideal qualities. One interesting observation he shared on the importance of soft skills was, “…another attribute of the EDP auditor must be the same as a psychologist or politician… and I think that might be the toughest part of the job—knowing how to be critical without being overbearing… how to recommend improvements without appearing to judge or be critical of someone’s performance…how to be constructive and to have recommendations accepted.”

Bud Friedman's 1974 keynote speech

By: Dario Sarlo | September 17, 2018

In 1994, ISACA celebrated its 25th anniversary with chapter events around the world. At its September meeting that year, the Tokyo chapter conducted a ceremony marking the milestone with several of its chapter and international leaders.
As we prepare for ISACA’s 50th anniversary, stay tuned for chapter and regional events on the horizon to help us celebrate the occasion.

Tokyo chapter leaders commemorate the 25-year milestone in 1994.

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By: Dario Sarlo | September 10, 2018

Some of our volunteer leaders have shared their advice for incoming ISACA members. What advice would you share? Tell us by submitting your advice at

“My advice that I would give to younger ones coming into the field is simply stick with IT, stick with information systems, stick with the technology, because no matter what you do, you have to support the technology, and ISACA definitely is the organization that will give you the resources to help you expand your knowledge in the areas of assurance, auditing, security, cybersecurity, governance, et cetera.”
Beverly Austin, member and past president of the New Jersey (US) ISACA chapter

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By: Dario Sarlo | September 03, 2018

This week, our colleagues are gathering for the Oceania CACS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne hosted its first ISACA conference in 1981 as one of the early EDPAC conferences, and the chapter has hosted many conferences and ISACA events since. 
If you have photos or stories from those earlier years, visit the submission page to share them with your colleagues around the world.

Call for papers for the EDPAC 1986 conference, held for the third time in Melbourne, Australia.

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By: Dario Sarlo | August 27, 2018

Calling ISACA members in Latin America! We need your help gathering stories, memories and photographs from our history for our 50th anniversary. We want to be sure you and your region are well represented.
As you gather for Latin America CACS this week, we invite you to use the submission page on this website to share your stories. We’re looking for any of the following:

  • How did you first hear about ISACA, and who got you involved?
  • Tell us about the best experience you’ve had at an ISACA event or conference.
  • Where do you see the field of IT auditing going in the future? What will your job look like in 50 years? 
  • Do you have photos of chapter events and conferences from over the years that you could share?

By: Dario Sarlo | August 23, 2018

Take a glimpse back at the membership card that newcomers to the EDP Auditors Association would have been provided in their new member packets back in the early ‘90s. The text next to the card gave a humorous nod to its resemblance to a credit card, “This card will not provide instant commercial credit around the world, but… it credits you with membership in a global system of IS audit professionals.”

EDPAA membership card, early 1990s

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By: Dario Sarlo | August 20, 2018

Some of our volunteer leaders have shared their advice for incoming ISACA members. What advice would you share? Tell us by submitting your advice at

“Once you realize that there are a lot of opportunities for everybody and everyone can make a difference and find your place in where you make a difference in the organization and start to make connections with people, it really does make it feel like home and a bit smaller, and it allows you to add value very quickly.”

Krysten McCabe, past ISACA board director and former member of the Audit and Finance committees, Awards Working Group and the Journal Review Team

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By: Dario Sarlo | August 13, 2018

The EDPAA’s first president from overseas was Don Grant, an auditor from Canada who helped expand the international reach of the organization. During his 1983-84 presidency, Grant visited many of the chapters outside of North America, launched the first Asia-Pacific EDPAC conference, and published EDPAA materials and the CISA exam in a number of languages. He also created the executive director position.

Don Grant, EDPAA President, 1983-1984

By: Dario Sarlo | August 06, 2018

Some of our volunteer leaders have shared their advice for incoming ISACA members. What advice would you share? Tell us by submitting your advice at

“Whenever I speak to people, I encourage them to get involved, because that’s the only way they’re going to get the real true benefits. And guess what? It’s a lot of fun, plus you learn a lot, and you work with some great people. Your membership dues are a very, very small price to pay for all of the benefits and the rich experiences you can get from being part of ISACA. There’s living proof. You speak to anybody who’s ever been involved in ISACA, either the local chapter or international committees and boards or going to the conferences. They love it. There’s living proof that it w...

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By: Dario Sarlo | July 30, 2018

After Mike Donahue took a close look at some of the questions on the first CISA exam in 1981, EDPAA leadership put him on the Testing Maintenance Committee to help write new ones. Donahue was eventually elected to what was then called the International Board of Directors. In 1993, he became president and oversaw EDPAA’s 25th anniversary celebration.

EDPAA Silver Jubilee Year President Michael Donahue

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By: Dario Sarlo | July 23, 2018

In digging through our historical archives, we came upon a treasure trove of photos from across the decades. This one showing an EDP Auditors Association booth at a conference in 1987 demonstrates just how much we’ve changed over the years—from our name to our signage and marketing materials! Share your own photos of conference materials, booths and events over the years through the website’s Get Involved page. 

Conference booths in 1987 and 2018.

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By: Dario Sarlo | July 16, 2018

In the spirit of milestone celebrations, let’s not forget that 40 years ago this week, ISACA (then EDPAA) launched its first professional certification, the Certified Data Processing Auditor designation. The name was later changed to the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Created to credential current EDPAA auditors and help establish role clarity and hiring decisions for future IT auditors, the launch came with a one-year grandfathering period for those already in the profession. Written exams began in early 1981 following trial exams and the establishment of continuing education policies. The impact is clear—IT auditors today are rarely hired without a CISA certification on their CV.

ISACA has since created the Certified Inform...

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By: Dario Sarlo | July 09, 2018

While the EDPAA (now ISACA) was founded in Los Angeles, CA, USA, our headquarters has always been based in the Chicago, IL, USA, area. This can be credited to Gerald Meyers (president, 1976-1977), the first person from outside of California to lead the organization. After helping to establish a chapter in his hometown of Chicago, he served on the Board of Directors for three years before becoming president. As president, he saw the importance of establishing a formal headquarters as a means to continuing growth. 

ISACA President Gerald Meyers

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By: Dario Sarlo | July 02, 2018

ISACA’s first international conference took members to Mexico City during the summer of 1980 to explore the evolution of their profession. The three-day conference included four general session speakers and tracks in management, applications systems, security and advanced specialties, as well as a vacation track for spouses and families.

Mexico City program advertisement in The EDP Auditor, Winter 1980

By: Dario Sarlo | June 25, 2018

ISACA has gone through an incredible evolution since it operated in its first office in a spare bedroom of first employee Marian King’s home in Hanover Park, Illinois, USA, in 1976. A few decades and office moves later, we’re continuing to look ahead to a bright future in our new headquarters location in Schaumburg, Illinois, where we moved in May. This move reflects who we will be going forward, accommodates our growth plans and will allow us to better serve our members in the years to come.

In 1976, ISACA’s first office was located in a spare bedroom of the Hanover Park, Illinois, USA., home of first employee Marian King. Today in 2018, ISACA continues to grow at its new headquarters location in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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By: Dario Sarlo | June 18, 2018

Conducting research for the upcoming 50th anniversary involves sorting through boxes, envelopes and piles of paperwork to unearth all types of previously forgotten materials. So far, we’ve discovered photos, newsletters, journals and documents from as far afield as Los Angeles, Canada and Australia. Add your own photos, documents and other digital items to ISACA’s historical archives through the website’s Get Involved page.

ISACA headquarters files, late 2017

By: Dario Sarlo | June 11, 2018

Supporting members in their career development has been a key area of focus for ISACA throughout the years. In the 1983 issue of EDP Journal, Past Board Chair Steven J. Ross, then a Principal with The Plagman Group, Inc., shared his advice for EDP auditors:


“Each individual must ask himself, ‘What will I be doing next year?’ Auditors review strategic planning for systems; what about strategic planning for themselves? Where do they want to be in 1984? What are EDP auditors’ careers going to be like in the year 2000?
It is a safe assumption that the median age of all EDP auditors does not exceed 40. The 40-year-old EDP auditor is going to retire in the year 2007. What does he want to be doing in that year?
The future, whatever it will be...

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By: Dario Sarlo | June 04, 2018

The Harold Weiss Award for Outstanding Achievement is named after long-time EDP member and industry leader Harold Weiss. A GE engineer in the 1950s, Weiss is credited with creating the precursor to today’s CACS conference. His Automation Training Center offered data processing classes for auditors and auditing training for computer professionals, with waiting lists that were years long. When EDP Auditors Foundation took over the CACS conference in 1985, it created the award to honor Weiss’ pioneering work in the field by recognizing an individual for sustained contributions to the advancement of the governance of enterprise IT.

Harold Weiss, General Electric, 1961

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By: Dario Sarlo | May 28, 2018

Technology changes always elicit questions. In 1986, The EDP Auditor Journal asked whether EDP auditors would be extinct by the year 2000. Thirty-two years later, ISACA continues to prove auditors’ value and relevance.

The EDP Auditor Journal, Volume III, 1986

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