IACI Announces Global Leadership Association for Information Sharing & Analysis Organizations

The International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI) announces the launch of the global leadership association supporting Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs).
TITUSVILLE, Fla. - July 28, 2016 - PRLog -- Today, the International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI) announced the launch of the global leadership association supporting Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs). By bringing together Information Sharing Organizations from around the word, IACI will enable communities of interest such as regional entities, credit unions, ports, small business, sports leagues, manufacturers, trade associations and critical infrastructure operators to build resilient information sharing mechanisms supporting cyber resilience.  IACI unites Government, the private sector, and global organizations in partnership for the protection, detection, response, and recovery from cyber incidents both in the United States and across the world.

IACI promotes information sharing through expert guidance, organizational development, and most importantly provides a platform for ISAOs and their members, to share information within, and across, sectors and geographic boundaries. These coordinated partnerships allow all entities the opportunity to move from a reactive cybersecurity posture to a proactive stance and grow in their abilities to protect themselves. IACI ISAOs benefit from opportunities for mutual assistance and their cybersecurity return on investment is enhanced through economies of scale.

Information sharing is influenced globally by a range of entities and activities.  The Board Members and Executive Management of IACI have launched and developed a number of global information sharing initiatives in support of global corporations, government policy makers, regulators, standards organizations and administrative bodies.  IACI is at the forefront of supporting legal frameworks and/or standards to enable intra- and cross-sector cybersecurity information exchange and are actively engaged in the current standards development efforts under the White House Executive Order 13691, "Promoting Private Sector Information Sharing". The IACI team has created platforms from which all fully functional ISAOs can operate effectively and have the opportunity to connect with other ISAOs internationally.

"We believe that by clearly defining what makes for a good ISAO, that will make tying liability protection to sectoral organizations easier and more accessible to the public and to privacy and civil liberties advocates," said Michael Daniel, President Obama's Cyber Coordinator.

"With the proliferation of ISAOs, it is time they had their own international industry association," said Chris Blask, Chairman of the IACI. "Information sharing organizations need to have a unified voice in guiding the development of the critical space they occupy. The community of ISAOs contains much of the expertise and experience in information sharing and is therefore best positioned to determine how to coordinate efforts, validate certifications as they are developed in different jurisdictions, and help each other successfully fulfill their missions."

As members of IACI's global partnership, members receive assistance in understanding and participating in cyber risk reducing activities.  Assistance is also provided to members on ISAO formation, meeting standards and certification requirements, operations, membership management, technical support in managing cyber threat intelligence indicator sharing programs and technologies, and access to IACI's global threat intelligence and incident response platforms.

"The IACI was crucial in the formation of the NCU-ISAO," said Gene Fredriksen, National Credit Union ISAO Executive Director/CEO. "Without IACI support it would have taken us much more time and resources to start serving our members. We have benefitted from those who have come before us and haven't had to reinvent the wheel. We now feel like we are part of a worldwide community leveraging the expertise of our peers to accelerate the maturity and growth of the NCU-ISAO."

IACI maintains multiple Leadership Advisory Boards strategically focused on Public Policy, Business and Industry Sectors, Information Sharing, Analytics, Coordinated Response (Global Cyber First Responder) and Certifications. These Advisory Boards consist of leaders and security experts from ISAOs, vendors, service providers, academia, and governments.

IACI is focused on harmonizing international information sharing standards by representing the ISAO community as a trusted resource in U.S. and international policy making venues.

About the IACI

The International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI), a 501(c)6 non-profit organization, strengthens global cyber resilience through international leadership and a sustainable infrastructure that inspires and facilitates public and private sector cooperation, collaboration and coordination.

IACI is headquartered at the Global Situational Awareness Center at NASA/Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA.  Additional US offices include Washington, DC, St. Louis, Missouri, and Huntsville, Alabama.

IACI International Chapters include: Canada, Austria, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel and the Netherlands.

IACI was founded by The Defense Industrial Base Information Sharing & Analysis Center (DIB-ISAC), Webster University's Cyberspace Research Institute and the Global Institute for Cybersecurity + Research (GICSR).


Deborah Kobza, CGEIT. JIEM
President, IACI
dkobza@certifiedisao.org  | 904-476-7858

Debbie Windle
Director Threat Intelligence + Information Sharing, IACI
dwindle@certifiedisao.org | 979-204-7218
Tags:Information Sharing, Cybersecurity, ISAO
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