About AISA

As a nationally recognised not-for-profit organisation and charity, the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) champions the development of a robust information security sector by building the capacity of professionals in Australia and advancing the cyber security and safety of the Australian public as well as businesses and governments in Australia. 


Established in 1999, AISA has become the recognised authority on information security in Australia with a membership of over 6000 individuals and corporate sponsors across the country. AISA caters to all domains of the information security industry with a particular focus on sharing expertise from the field at meetings, focus groups and networking opportunities around Australia.

AISA's vision is a world where all people, businesses and governments are educated about the risks and dangers of cyber attack and data theft, and to enable them to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves.

Our independent non-profit association was created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of our profession. Our strategic plan calls for continued work in the areas of advocacy, diversity, education, and organisational excellence.

AISA's Mission

Our mission is to promote an independent perspective of information security and provide a wide-range of personal and professional benefits to our members, while raising awareness of the risks and dangers of cyber attack and data theft in the Australian community. We aim to achieve this by:

  • Facilitating and evolving best practice data and information security practices and systems, including research and development
  • Helping organisations to reduce identity theft, financial crimes, fraud, and unauthorised access to information systems and the data they contain
  • Empowering and educating individuals and families to take more informed steps to protect their information
  • Educating organisations and the public on reducing unwanted, unauthorised or illegal electronic communications
  • Increasing the awareness of information security issues among individuals, the community, educational institutions, business and government
  • Developing the knowledge, skills and capacity of those working within or alongside the industry
  • Building and maintaining relationships between individuals and organisations within the industry
  • Advising government on the development of policy, law and legislation relating to information security
  • Providing an ongoing forum to share learning, knowledge, skills, experience, ideas and innovation in the information security field
  • Making support services available for members and information security professionals within Australia.

 

AISA core values

These are the core values that guide our behaviours, actions and decisions. These are the values that the organisation, its staff, its volunteers and its members expect of themselves.

  • Embrace and drive change
  • Foster innovation and collaboration
  • Build a positive community spirit
  • Build open and honest relationships with communication
  • Be responsible and committed to the communities we serve
  • Lead with excellence and maintain impartial expertise
  • Champion a culture of trust and integrity.

Structure

AISA is a not-for-profit, public company limited by guarantee. We are a member-based organisation largely run by volunteers.  

AISA is also governed by constitution and a number of other supporting documents, these are the rules and practices that govern the management of the association.  As a public company limited by guarantee AISA is regulated by the Corporations Act.

The Board of Directors controls and manages the affairs of AISA.  They provides insight and knowledge from their individual area of expertise, facilitate the execution of AISA's strategy, and govern the organisation in line with the constitution and related policies

Each branch has a member elected Branch Executive who is primarily responsible for organising branch meetings and activities with the assistance of their local Branch Committee.

Membership

AISA invites individuals with an interest in cyber security and related industries. Our broad membership base consists of information security professionals from industries such as finance, education and government. Some of our members are vendors or come from information security-related professions. Our members range from company directors and managers, to lawyers, risk professionals, architects and highly-skilled technical specialists.