Kingston, Jamaica (23 November 2015)—Information technology professionals in Kingston, Jamaica, have formed a new chapter of ISACA, a global association of more than 140,000 cybersecurity, IT audit, risk and governance professionals. The Kingston Chapter is ISACA’s 210th chapter and the first ISACA chapter in Jamaica. It has 139 members.
“The level of awareness regarding information security and governance has been on the rise in Jamaica over the past five years, as the number of information security, governance and IT audit practitioners has been increasing,” said Kingston Chapter President O’Niel Millwood, CISA, CISM. “Yet there were limited opportunities for practitioners to network, collaborate and share knowledge. We established a local ISACA chapter to help develop that community and provide opportunities for advancing awareness, education and other professional opportunities.”
According to Millwood, Jamaican organizations have tended to hire IT staff supporting a wide range of functions, with little specialization. Recently, however, there has been a slow transition to increasing specialization in the various tenets of technology, especially in the areas of security, risk and audit, to be on par with global standards.
The Kingston Chapter will hold its next meeting in January 2016, with a corresponding launch event. Officers of the new ISACA Kingston Chapter include:
- President—O’Niel Millwood
- Vice President—Norval West
- Treasurer—Tricia-Ann Smith DaSilva
- Secretary—Damian Donaldson
- Committee Support—Edward Alexander
- Academic Relations—Caroline Parks
- Committee Support—Robert Hamilton
ISACA offers certification, education, guidance and community for IT security, assurance, risk and governance professionals. It recently established Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) to address the global cybersecurity skills shortage and help organizations develop strong cyber workforces. It also offers COBIT, a business framework that helps organizations govern and manage their information and technology.
For additional information about ISACA, please visit www.isaca.org. For additional information on the ISACA Kingston Chapter, visit the chapter page or follow the chapter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ISACAKingston.
ISACA (isaca.org) helps global professionals lead, adapt and assure trust in an evolving digital world by offering innovative and world-class knowledge, standards, networking, credentialing and career development. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global nonprofit association of 140,000 professionals in 180 countries. ISACA also offers the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), a holistic cybersecurity resource, and COBIT, a business framework to govern enterprise technology.
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