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 | 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 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 | 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 | 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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By: Dario Sarlo | May 21, 2018

Cover designs may have come a long way over the years, but ISACA has stayed focused on sharing relevant information with its members, as seen in this collection of EDP Auditor issues. ISACA’s publication archive traces technology news from the 1970s to the present.

The EDP Auditor, 1978

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By: Dario Sarlo | April 30, 2018

Eugene Frank was among the original incorporators who signed the EDPAA into existence in 1969. He was also the second president, serving from 1972 to 1973. Eugene was instrumental in reconstituting the organization after it came to a standstill in 1971. We captured his story on camera for the anniversary.

ISACA incorporator Eugene Frank.

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By: Dario Sarlo | April 23, 2018

We recently interviewed Marian King, ISACA’s first employee. In the mid-1970s, Marian lived next door to Gerry Meyers (EDPAA President, 1976-77). Gerry needed help running the fast-expanding organization, so he hired Marian as the association’s secretary. Marian’s stories will be shared during the anniversary year.

ISACA employee #1 Marian King flips through early photographs.

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By: Dario Sarlo | April 12, 2018

In preparation for the anniversary year, we’re conducting oral history interviews with legends from our earliest years. Here’s Howard (Bud) Friedman (EDPAA President, 1973-1974) preparing for his interview at home in Los Angeles. We’ll be featuring this footage throughout the anniversary year. Watch this space.

Howard (Bud) Friedman with video crew members as they prepare to record.

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By: Dario Sarlo | April 02, 2018

By the summer of 1976, ISACA was expanding rapidly, both in the United States and internationally, with chapters in Mexico and Sydney. Today, ISACA has more than 200 chapters around the world. As ISACA and the founding Los Angeles chapter celebrate 50 years in 2019, many other chapters will reach their own milestones. Three chapters will celebrate 45 years: Utah, National Capital Area and Philadelphia.

1976 EDP Auditor Journal, summer edition

By: Dario Sarlo | March 07, 2018

As tech innovations were coming fast and furious by 1990, EDP Auditors Association (EDPAA) leaders recognized the need to serve not only EDP auditors, but also information systems control and security professionals. Through member surveys, market research and discussion of opportunities and options, the value of a new name and identity became clear.

Nearly a dozen new names for the association were considered, including Organization for Audit of Systems and Information Security (OASIS). At the end of the deliberations in 1994, EDPAA became Information Systems Audit and Control Association, or ISACA—positioning us for the 21st Century

Article from Global Communique, Volume 1, 1992

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