ISACA got its start in 1967, when a small group of individuals with similar jobs- auditing controls in the computer systems that were becoming increasingly critical to the operations of their organizations- sat down to discuss the need for a centralized source of information and guidance in the field. In 1969, the group formalized, incorporating as the EDP Auditors Association. In 1976 the association formed an education foundation to undertake large-scale research efforts to expand the knowledge and value of the IT governance and control field.
Today, ISACA-s membership- more than 75,000 strong worldwide- is characterized by its diversity. This diversity enables members to learn from each other, and exchange widely divergent viewpoints on a variety of professional topics. It has long been considered one of ISACA's strengths. Another of ISACA's strengths is its chapter network. ISACA has more than 175 chapters established in over 70 countries worldwide, and those chapters provide members education, resource sharing, advocacy, professional networking and a host of other benefits on a local level.