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: dsarlo | 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.

Category: isaca50 

Tags: conferences, EDPAA 

By: dsarlo | 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: dsarlo | May 16, 2018

As technology has evolved over ISACA’s 50-year history, so has the threat landscape. What we now refer to as “cybersecurity” has taken different shapes and names over the decades.

In the 1970s and 1980s, enterprises often focused on physical security—protecting computer rooms and equipment. As information systems expanded and connected more people in the late ‘80s and ‘90s, security capabilities needed to grow to address new threats, including software piracy and hacking.

Along the way, ISACA provided professionals with tools for navigating the world of what came to be called cybersecurity, such as Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), launched in 2014.

As we navigate the current environment of data breaches, ransomware attacks and new technologies such...

Category: isaca50 

Tags: conferences, CSX, cybersecurity 

By: dsarlo | April 16, 2018

It can often take time to navigate opportunities when first joining a large global association. Krysten McCabe, past ISACA Board Director and former member of the Audit and Finance committees, Awards Working Group and the Journal Review Team, recalls her experience finding her niche.
“I liken ISACA to going to a large university. Until you get involved, it seems really big and overwhelming. But once you do, you start to reap the benefits,” McCabe said. “I think everyone has a place. It's just taking the initial step to figure out where that is, and having confidence in yourself that you can actually make a difference in the organization, no matter where you are in your career or where you live.”
Over its nearly 50 years, ISACA has been presen...

Category: isaca50 

Tags: conferences, volunteering 

By: dsarlo | April 09, 2018

ISACA conference activities come in all shapes and sizes. At the 1985 National Conference in Brisbane, Australia, a booth for the Residence Inn offered a putting green for attendees to enjoy.
More recent conferences have included popular activities such as casino nights and group exercise between sessions.

The Residence Inn booth at the 1985 National Conference in Brisbane, Australia

Category: isaca50 

Tags: conferences, Australia 

By: dsarlo | March 15, 2018

Industry leaders of the day attended ISACA’s first conference in June 1973. The list included heavyweights such as McDonnell Douglas, Northrop, Hughes Aircraft and Rockwell International; major accounting firms like Arthur Andersen, Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse & Co.; and government representation from the IRS, the U.S. Navy and the Department of the Treasury.

This table of contents includes the presentations given at the first conference, starting with the keynote, “EDP Auditing: A Coming of Age.”

Category: isaca50 

Tags: conferences 

By: dsarlo | February 22, 2018

Russ Quinn, an auditor from Rockwell International, delivered the keynote speech at ISACA's first conference in 1973. In his speech, Quinn advocated for greater investment in IT governance by citing the then-immense sum of $ 23 billion that Americans spent annually on EDP.
From ISACA's first conference program, 1973

Category: isaca50 

Tags: conferences 

By: dsarlo | February 14, 2018

EDPAA hosted its "first annual" conference in June 1973. 208 members met for two days in Santa Monica, California, to discuss “EDP Auditing: A Coming of Age.”
Cover page of the first conference program

Category: isaca50 

Tags: conferences