New IT security forum aims to beat awareness deficit

The UK's most influential IT security industry bodies have joined forces to form the Information Security Awareness Forum (ISAF)

The new body is predicated on the belief that there is a chronic lack of information security awareness, with users and organisations either not knowing about, ignoring or circumventing security processes and technical countermeasures.

"In light of so many security breaches associated with lack of awareness, the Information Security Awareness Forum has been established as a cross-industry initiative dedicated to improving information security awareness by pooling expertise and resources," said Dr David King, chair of the Information Security Awareness Forum. "Lack of awareness continues to be a major contributor to security breaches. Often there is overlap in messages - there are also gaps."

King adds that most of all there has been "a distinct lack of coordination across the providers of advice. The Information Security Awareness Forum has been formed to co-ordinate and build on existing work and initiatives, to improve their overall effectiveness".

Founding members of the ISAF are:

  • ASIS International (ASIS)
  • British Computer Society (BCS)
  • Communications Management Association (CMA)
  • European Information Society Group (EURIM)
  • GetSafeOnline
  • Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC)
  • Information Security Forum (ISF)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
  • Infosecurity Europe
  • Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS)
  • Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP)
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • (ISC)2
  • IUA Digital Risk Working Party
  • Jericho Forum
  • Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG)
  • Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT)

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Image: ISAF chair David King believes that a "lack of awareness continues to be a major contributor to security breaches"

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