As we celebrate our thirtieth anniversary here at (ISC)², it’s incredible to look back at the changes our industry has been through. From advances in technology, to changing policy and regulations, this field is constantly changing, so it seems right than 2019 was no different for our association.

We began the year by officially launching our Professional Development Institute (PDI) as part of our mission to deliver even more value to our members. We wrapped up the year strong with our international Security Congress – our largest yet in attendance and number of programs – in Orlando, Florida. We made updates to our exams and further strengthened our certifications and courses with globally-recognized institutions.

This year of change was also one of transition. As approved by the board back in 2013, this year we instituted our first-ever increase of Annual Maintenance Fees (AMFs) and changed our billing policy from “in arrears” to up front. The policy changes were accompanied by a data migration of our member database and some of you were negatively affected by this unprecedented combination of updates. For any members impacted by these changes, I want to apologize for any difficulty you may have experienced this year. We are continuing to learn from this process, and we are implementing more ways to support you going forward.

Professional Development Institute

Throughout 2019, more than 12,000 of you completed a PDI course. The PDI course catalog offers more than 30 courses available at absolutely no cost to our members and associates, and representing $10,000 in free education and training, and 81 CPE opportunities. To date, we have seen members and associate consume more than $5.5 million worth of free professional development. We have courses on topics such as application security, cloud migration, creating a security culture, communicating with the C-suite, responding to a breach and many more. If you haven’t taken advantage of PDI yet, please visit to learn more. And if you have a topic that you’d like us to add to the catalog, we want to hear it. Please, feel free to contact the team at [email protected]

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