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ISACA celebrating 50th anniversary

ISACA marking 50th year with events and initiatives in 2019

ISACA is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
ISACA is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

IT association ISACA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, with a program of multiple initiatives.

The organization has grown from the seven people who founded the EDP Auditing Association in California in 1969, to a global organization with 140,000 members today.

For the anniversary year, ISACA has adopted the theme, ‘Honoring Our Past. Innovating Our Future', and will hold a number of programs to mark the year.

Initiatives include the Transforming IT Audit initiative, which will launch in February, with a microsite with resources to help IT auditors successfully navigate the future of the profession, including emerging areas like AI and blockchain, and featuring results from ISACA's new global Future of IT Audit study surveying more than 4,000 IT auditors.

The organization will also continue to drive the updated COBIT, COBIT 2019 with regular updates to the portfolio and a dedicated wiki for experts to share knowledge on the new framework.

ISACA also has a number of new conferences and events planned.

"As a longtime ISACA member, volunteer and board chair during this milestone period, I have never been more energized to be part of the organization than I am right now, and I'm even more excited to see what comes next in 2019 and beyond," said ISACA Board Chair Rob Clyde, CISM. "We celebrate our past to inspire, motivate and propel us into the future. Our 50th anniversary has been developed as a continual, inclusive experience and worldwide celebration."

"As we celebrate this milestone year, it is an opportunity to look back on our rich past and thank our members, volunteers and staff who have brought us to where we are today," added Brennan P. Baybeck, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CISSP, current ISACA Board vice chair who will become chair in June. "Equally important, this is a time and opportunity to look ahead to our exciting future."

Since its inception 50 years ago-the same year the first human being walked on the moon-ISACA has helped IT auditors and business technology professionals advance their careers and help their enterprises realize the positive potential of technology.

ISACA has launched a 50th anniversary web site featuring videos, an anniversary podcast series, infographics, photos and more at www.isaca50.org. Members and others can participate in the "Where in the World Is ISACA?" social media campaign at www.isaca50.org/participate and follow the conversation using #ISACA50.

Additionally, ISACA's 50th anniversary will be celebrated at each of the association's CACS conferences around the world, including at North America CACS, which will be held near Los Angeles, California, USA-where the association was first established.