About the ISSG

The BCS Information Security Specialist Group (BCS-ISSG) was formed in 1984 as a specialist sub-group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. We currently have over 4000 members, representing a wide range of commercial, government and academic organisations.

The aims of the BCS-ISSG are:

  • To provide a forum where persons with a common interest in Information Security can meet to improve their knowledge, both through a planned programme of activities and by the informal exchange of experiences between members.
  • To hold a regular series of meetings and seminars, to contribute information security related articles to ITNOW magazine and to run a website for its members.
  • To raise awareness of the prevalent threats to information and to provide practical advice on methods and techniques for countering such threats.
  • To support initiatives designed to influence the development of commercially available, and affordable, Information Security products and services.
  • To assist in developing the policy, and drafting the legislation, standards and guidelines necessary to achieve and sustain a minimum acceptable level of Information Security throughout the UK.
  • To monitor (and publicise to members) trends in computer misuse, as well as the ethical issues arising from such misuse.
  • To encourage and support research and study in all areas of Information Security.