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How does the ISSA Barbados plan to reach out to the community?

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ISSA Barbados currently participates in different public and private panel discussions and other media forums which relate to information security. It also has plans to speak to the public via town hall meetings, security conferences, private events, and various media channels including its website. ISSA Barbados has also distributed scores of its information security journals to various persons.

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What is the relationship between ISSA Barbados and government?

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We are not part of any government body but we have members who work for government in the area of information security. One of our key goals is to help improve the state of information security in Barbados. As such we intend to work with government and bring to bear our vast international resources to make this happen.

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Is there a relationship between ISSA Barbados and ISACA or ISC2?

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The ISC2 has a close relationship with ISSA and most ISSA Barbados members are members of ISC2 . Several members of ISSA Barbados are members of ISACA but there is no real relationship between ISACA and ISSA Barbados.

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What is the relationship between ISSA Barbados and other IT organisations?

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The ISSA is not an IT organization, but an information security organization. While many members have a great degree of experience and skills in IT, ISSA Barbados deals strictly with information security; regardless of if the security is IT-based or not.

ISSA Barbados is an independent organization with no corporate ties to any Barbadian companies, associations, or association of companies. ISSA Barbados reports only to ISSA international. No local or regional bodies have any financial interests in ISSA Barbados.

ISSA Barbados will work with reputable organizations (local, regional and international) which share its ethical values for the promotion of information security in Barbados.

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I am already a member of an international security association which provides webcasts, discounts for security events, CPE opportunities and access to thousands of professionals. What extra would the ISSA chapter give?

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Because the ISSA is not tied to any particular certification body it freely embraces members of all the certification bodies, as well as professionals who are not certified.

It therefore can offer a wider range of resources, professionals, and events. It is also the only security association with a presence in Barbados, so members actually have a structured way to meet, network, plan, study and work together to achieve common goals.

The chapter provides a means for members of ISACA, DRII, ISC2, BCI etc to meet and interact face-to-face.

The ISSA also provides a means for local experienced information security professionals to interact at an international level.

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How would joining the ISSA benefit an individual in Barbados?

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Joining the ISSA gives you access to several thousand information security specialists worldwide, in every information security discipline. It also gives you access to a virtually unlimited supply of information security resources. There are several free educational webcasts and discounts for information security events worldwide. And you get to benefit from monthly in-person meetings with peers. Plus for certified individuals there are several free or cheap CPE opportunities. The ISSA chapters also facilitate study groups and review sessions for certifications. There are also opportunities to work in the hosting of local security conferences or official review seminars.

Membership in the chapter allows experienced professionals opportunities to participate on international or local committees, make presentations or present papers internationally, and make contributions at various international security events; either in person or via the internet.

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What if someone wanted to visit a chapter meeting before deciding if to join or not?

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The ISSA welcomes this. There is a Guest Programme available via the ISSA website where you can register to attend one chapter meeting of your choice. A chapter representative would then contact you and make the necessary arrangements.

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Would I have to pay anything to the Barbados Chapter as well as ISSA International?

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No. All payments are made via the international ISSA website.

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Exactly how does one join the Barbados chapter?

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All ISSA members join via the website. You simply go to ww.ISSA.org, select join, fill out the form, agree to the Code of Ethic, and pay. The website facilitates online payment by credit card.

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How much does it cost to join?

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There are different membership levels. The most common is general membership and that costs US $120.00 for one year. Students pay US $55.00. per year.

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What happens at the meetings?

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At a typical monthly meeting chapter business is discussed, educational presentations are made and some networking and socializing is done. The meetings are intended to allow information security professionals to network, receive knowledge, and provide input on matters of information security.

In addition to monthly meetings, members also meet at a committee or board level. Members also interact via various electronic means, including a proprietary ISSA communications system.

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How is the chapter funded?

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The chapter is a non-profit organization. It raises money to be able to host events and meetings primarily by chapter dues, sponsorships, and holding various events. The aim of the chapter is not to make money, other than to meet its expenses.

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Do you need to have an information security certification to join the chapter?

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No. The chapter had two membership grades: one for experienced professionals (full member) and one for those who may be new to the field. The experienced grade requires high-level industry standard certifications in information security. The chapter works to develop inexperienced members into full members. The chapter also accepts student members, and these pay a lower annual fee.

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Which certifications does the ISSA have?

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The ISSA is not a certifying or training organization, and thus it does not have any certifications. Its members however have a wide range of recognised industry certifications, such a CISA, CRISC, CISSP, CEH and CISM.

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What sort of governance structure does ISSA Barbados have?

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ISSA Barbados is incorporated as a non profit and is governed by a board comprised of experienced information security professionals. The board in turn reports to the international ISSA office in the USA where the secretariat is located. The board includes a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary at a minimum. All members of ISSA Barbados are volunteers committees.

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What sort of persons make up the Barbados Chapter?

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The Barbados chapter is made up of a varied set of information security professionals from government and various industries, including banking, tourism, manufacturing, auditing, and education. Among the membership are several CISSPs, CISAs, CISMs, and CEHs. Our members are also members of various other international security associations such as ISACA, ISC2, the Disaster Recovery Institute, the Business Continuity Institute and the Holistic Information Security Professional Institute.

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Where did ISSA Barbados come from?

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ISSA Barbados was born out of the fact that there were several highly-trained information security professionals in Barbados but no local professional organization which catered to their needs. While most of these professionals belonged to international security organisations, none of these organisations had a local presence. ISSA Barbados was established as a local organization which could cater to the various needs of all information security professionals and could allow them to collectively make a meaningful contribution to Barbados.

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How long has the chapter been functioning?

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A: The chapter actually begun towards the end of 2009 and has met regularly ever since then. It received its official charter in April 2010. Since that time it has been reaching out to various educational institutions and the public with a goal of promoting the practice of information security nationally and regionally.

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Who can join the Barbados ISSA Chapter?

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Anyone interested in information security who is willing to abide by the ISSA’s Code of Ethics. To be a full member one must be internationally certified at a high level by a reputable information security certification body such as ISACA or ISC2.

Persons may join via the ISSA website at www.issa.org.

Please note that persons with a criminal record are barred from joining the association.

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What are the goals of ISSA Barbados?

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The primary purpose of the chapter is to promote information security in the country and the wider world. This would include promoting the education of its members for the improvement and development of their capabilities relating to the security of the information systems processing.

More specifically, the objectives of the Association are
(a) to promote the education of, and help expand the knowledge and skills of its members in the interrelated fields of information systems security, and information or data processing;
(b) to encourage a free exchange of information security techniques, approaches, and problem solving by its members;
(c) to provide adequate communication to keep members abreast of current events in information processing and security which can be beneficial to them and employers;
(d) to communicate to management, and to systems and information processing professionals the importance of establishing controls necessary to ensure the secure organization and utilization of information processing resources;
(e) to raise national awareness of personal information security issues;
(f) to engage and become an advisory body to the local law makers on information security issues to guide formulation of adequate and suitable legislation.

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What are the goals of the ISSA?

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The primary goal of the ISSA is to promote management practices that will ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information resources. The ISSA facilitates interaction and education to create a more successful environment for global information systems security and for the professionals involved. Members include practitioners at all levels of the security field in a broad range of industries, such as communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and government. It has over 100 chapters worldwide, including one in Barbados.

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What is an information security professional?

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An information security professional is someone with specialised training and relevant education and experience which allows them effectively protect information.

To be recognized as an information security professional one would usually have to obtain high-level international information security certifications. One would also have to observe a strict code of ethics and engage in continuing education in the field of information security.

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What do you mean by Information Security?

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Information security can be considered to be the art and science of protecting information. Information can be contained on a telephone, a letter, an ATM card, a driver’s license, a fax machine, an answering machine, a laptop, a library card, a website, a filing cabinet, a bank’s computer, an application form, a USB stick, a CD etc.

A lot of this information can be valuable, and in some cases dangerous in the wrong hands. Information security tells us how to best protect that information from being lost, corrupted, or stolen.

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What exactly is the ISSA?

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The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.

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What is ISSA Barbados?

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A local chapter of ISSA international, a non profit information security organisation.  ISSA Barbados is incorporated as a non profit organization under the laws of Barbados.