About the Chapter
ISACA got its start in 1967, when a small group of individuals with similar jobs—auditing controls in the computer systems that were becoming increasingly critical to the operations of their organizations—sat down to discuss the need for a centralized source of information and guidance in the field. In 1969, the group formalized, incorporating as the EDP Auditors Association. In 1976 the association formed an education foundation to undertake large-scale research efforts to expand the knowledge and value of the IT governance and control field.
Today, ISACA’s membership—more than 95,000 strong worldwide—is characterized by its diversity. Members live and work in more than 160 countries and cover a variety of professional IT-related positions—to name just a few, IS auditor, consultant, educator, IS security professional, regulator, chief information officer and internal auditor. Some are new to the field, others are at middle management levels and still others are in the most senior ranks. They work in nearly all industry categories, including financial and banking, public accounting, government and the public sector, utilities and manufacturing. This diversity enables members to learn from each other, and exchange widely divergent viewpoints on a variety of professional topics. It has long been considered one of ISACA’s strengths. Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA now goes by its acronym only, to reflect the broad range of IT governance professionals it serves.
ISACA developed and continually updates the COBIT®, Val IT™ and Risk IT frameworks, which help IT professionals and enterprise leaders fulfill their IT governance responsibilities and deliver value to the business.
- 1967: ISACA got its start when a small group of auditing professionals in Los Angeles, whose jobs were to audit controls in computer systems, sat down to discuss the need for a centralized source of information and guidance in the field.
- 1969: The group was incorporated in California as the EDP Auditors Association (EDPAA). No other organization addressed controls in the automated systems that were now critical to business.
- 1972: The first EDPAA International Conference was held in Santa Monica, California. A newsletter, The EDP Auditor, began publication. The second chapter was started in Chicago.
- 1974: Chapters were started in Cincinnati, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Salt Lake City Chapters.
- 1975: Detroit became Chapter #8.
- 1976: The first international Chapter, Mexico City, was founded. The EDP Auditor Journal, a technical journal that became today’s IS Audit and Control Journal began publication. The association formed an educational foundation to undertake large-scale research efforts to expand the knowledge and value of the IT governance and control field.
- 1978: The certification program was born. The first 3,000 EDP auditors were grandfathered into the program as CISAs based on their years and quality of professional experience.
- 1981: The first CISA certification exam was administered. There were now fifty chapters with Portland, Oregon, as #50.
- 1984: Due to the number of new chapters forming in Europe and the Middle East, Region 9 was activated.
- 1985: Region 10 in Asia became activated. The EDP Auditors Foundation (EDPAF) purchased the Computer Audit and Control and Security Conference (CACS) from Harold Weiss.
- 1986: Victoria, B.C., Canada became Chapter #100.
- 1989: The EDPAF issued its first two worldwide standards on information systems auditing.
- 1991: The first international president living outside North America, Deepak Saruup, was elected.
- 1995: The Association renamed itself the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. The Association had 14,000 members with about half living outside the U.S. Half that growth occurred since 1985.
Another of ISACA’s strengths is its chapter network. ISACA has more than 180 chapters established in over 75 countries worldwide, and those chapters provide members education, resource sharing, advocacy, professional networking and a host of other benefits on a local level. Find out if there’s a chapter near you.
Since its inception, ISACA has become a pace-setting global organization for information governance, control, security and audit professionals. Its IS auditing and IS control standards are followed by practitioners worldwide. Its research pinpoints professional issues challenging its constituents.
Its Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is recognized globally and has been earned by more than 70,000 professionals since inception. The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification uniquely targets the information security management audience and has been earned by more than 12,500 professionals. The Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) designation promotes the advancement of professionals who wish to be recognized for their IT governance-related experience and knowledge and has been earned by more than 4,000 professionals. The new Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) designation is for IT professionals who identify and manage risks through the development, implementation and maintenance of information systems controls.
ISACA publishes a leading technical journal in the information control field, the ISACA Journal. It hosts a series of international conferences focusing on both technical and managerial topics pertinent to the IS assurance, control, security and IT governance professions. Together, ISACA and its affiliated IT Governance Institute lead the information technology control community and serve its practitioners by providing the elements needed by IT professionals in an ever-changing worldwide environment.
The Los Angeles Chapter:
The Los Angeles Chapter is the original and founding chapter of ISACA® (formerly EDPAA). Today, Los Angeles is one of the largest chapters with over 1000 members, and it continues to support and contribute to the international organization with members’ representation on several international committees, financial support and periodic hosting of the International Conference, most recently in July 2009. In May 2008, the LA Chapter hosted the CobiT User Convention.
Los Angeles Chapter’s Mission Statement:
The Los Angeles Chapter of ISACA® is a non-profit organization dedicated to the continued development and enhancement of the information systems audit and control profession by providing benefits to its members and to the professional community-at-large.
Benefits and Services:
Los Angeles Chapter:
- Holds ten monthly dinner meetings from September to June. Speaker presentations cover a broad range of Information Systems audit and control issue, including new technology, audit practices and audit automation.
- Holds an annual Spring Conference. This conference is divided into “tracks” of similar presentations and discussions. At the 1999 conference, the tracks were Introduction to I/S Auditing, Advanced Technologies, and Enterprise Resource Planning.:
- Sponsors technical sessions and seminars to provide greater in-depth education and training. Members receive a discounted price.
- Offers a review course each Fall and Spring to support and promote CISA®/CISM® certification. Members receive a discounted price.
- Support professional standards and research activities in conjunction with the Information Systems Audit and Control Foundation.
- Provides networking opportunities for members and companies.
- Promotes the Information Systems audit profession to students to ensure the continuity and growth of the profession.
- Publishes a monthly newsletter, called isacala.org, with information about: upcoming programs for ISACA® and other related professional organizations at the local, regional, national and international levels; technical articles; a listing of employment opportunities; and membership information.
- Provides the opportunity for members to gain leadership and organizational experience by participating in the in the local chapter and in ISACA committees and programs.
- Serves as a liaison with other related professional organization and co-sponsors joint programs with them.
Members also receive a subscription to international publications (Global Communiqué and the Information Systems Control Journal®) and a copy of the Control Objectives, receive discounts on international conferences and the CISA®/CISM®/CGEIT®/CRISC™ exam registration fee and have access to various books and other audit tools through the International Office.