The Internet Security Alliance has international membership and global reach. Our members include Fortune 100 multinationals with operations that span the globe. They also include U.K.-based Vodafone.

In keeping with our market-based and voluntary approach toward cybersecurity, ISA advocates for the multi-stakeholder approach to cybersecurity. Our beliefs are anchored in the experiences of our sponsors, virtually all of which do business abroad.

the 2018 Global Summit on Cybersecurity for corporate boards

In April 2018, ISA and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) will host a Global Summit on Cybersecurity for corporate boards in Geneva.2017 edition of the "Cyber-Risk Oversight Handbook"

The goal of the event is to create a coherent approach to cybersecurity based on the five principals of the Cyber-Risk Oversight Handbook, but adapted to unique environments outside the United States.

Starting in 2017, the ISA will hold preparatory events in the United Kingdom and Germany to formulate local versions of the handbook.

As cyberattacks have grown in number, sophistication, and seriousness, it’s apparent that cybersecurity is far more than an information technology issue.

In 2014, ISA and the NACD jointly saw this issue and decided to publish a handbook aimed at guiding boards of directors into addressing cybersecurity as an enterprise-wide risk management problem. The handbook talks about cybersecurity in the language of business concerns and PricewaterhouseCoopers independently found is effect to be dramatic improvements to corporate cybersecurity.

We issued a significantly updated version in January 2017. The new handbook version is the only private sector generated publication to be specifically endorsed by the U.S. departments of Homeland Security and Justice.

Workshops planned for 2017

Cybersecurity is a problem that knows no national boundaries. But while the five core principles are likely generalizable to many countries, the implementation will need to be tailored to specific cultures and countries

The first two new countries of expansion are Germany and the United Kingdom. The idea is to discuss and debate handbooks pitched to the unique environments of those countries at the Global Summit.

Ahead of that date, ISA has partnered with AIG, the German Federal Office for Information Security and the International Association of Privacy Professionals to to prepare one-day workshops. They’ll be attended by a health mix of boards of directors, senior management, chief information security officers and IT managers, all drawn from a variety of industrial sectors. We are currently looking at holding one-day events in London, Munich, and Frankfurt am Maim.

Together, we’ll identify the topics that European boards of directors should take into account when exercising cybersecurity oversight.