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CompTIA ISAO 101: What Is it, Why Does it Matter, and How Can You Benefit?

CompTIA recently launched the CompTIA Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (CompTIA ISAO), an initiative that aims to help tech vendors, MSPs, solution providers, vendors, business technology consultants, and much more learn about the latest cybersecurity threats and get actionable advice to help protect themselves and their customers.

The ISAO concept was established in 2015 by Presidential Executive Order 13691.  As part of this order, the Department of Homeland Security selected a team led by the University of Texas at San Antonio to form the ISAO Standards Organization to facilitate the implementation of the Executive Order.   ISAOs exist as a means to network multiple, often similar companies together to identify standards and guidelines, and share information and analysis related to cybersecurity risks, incidents, and best practices.

What does it all mean to CompTIA members? Plenty, according to MJ Shoer, executive director of the CompTIA ISAO. We asked Shoer to explain what the CompTIA ISAO is, how it works, and how it can benefit everyone involved in the business of technology.

Last year, the Technology Solution Provider ISAO (TSP-ISAO) was conceived by former ConnectWise co-founder Arnie Bellini and supported by ConnectWise. Operation of the TSP-ISAO was transferred to CompTIA earlier this year after determining that a member-led, vendor-neutral, non-profit trade association such as CompTIA was an ideal environment to manage and develop the initiative going forward.

Now under CompTIA’s management, the CompTIA ISAO will serve as the hub for all organizations in the business of technology (tech vendors, MSPs, solution providers, integrators, distributors and business technology consultants) to gain access to real-time, actionable threat intelligence, analysis of potential impacts, coordinated countermeasures, best-practice adoption, and workforce education. Below, Shoer provides some detailed answers to frequently asked questions about the CompTIA ISAO: https://www.comptia.org/blog/comptia-isao-101-what-is-it-why-does-it-matter-and-how-can-you-benefit

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