Let me first start off with the disclaimer that I am a CISSP and (nominally) a member of (ISC)2.
I’ve been part of very few professional organizations throughout my career and college days. I even shied away from the women in engineering groups on campus, although I knew a lot of women in them. I tended towards the ad hoc, social groups instead. Blame it on the Cotillion club I was (forced to be) a part of when I was in high school, I just don’t like paying to be part of a “club”. I pay (ISC)2 only because I have to to keep my CISSP (and to other organizations for the same reason), I’m not a member because I believe in their mission or their goals. I think they’re overpriced and useless to me other than maintaining my credential (which is another can of worms…).
I’m more likely to be found at the local Linuxchix get together, or NoVAHackers because they are cool people who just happen to have the same interests I do. Yes, we’re “organized”, but I don’t have to pay to be part of the group (other than food and drinks, etc…). These folks I consider friends.
With the behemoth that is (ISC)2, I don’t even feel like part of the group. I’m assigned a number and then go on my merry way as long as I keep paying every year and submitting my CPEs. Which I’m perfectly happy to do.
I think the (ISC)2 has admirable goals, I’m just not motivated enough to care about them that much. I don’t participate in the elections (much), and I always pass up the proctor CPE opportunities and exam review opportunities. Could I help change the organization if I participated more – probably. And Wim Remes is trying to do just that by running for the board.
I don’t know what percentage of other CISSP holders feel like I do, but I’m sure I’m not the only one. And I’m not even sure that there’s anything (ISC)2 can do to change that – it’s not their “fault” we don’t care.
Any ideas or suggestions? Or arguments on why I should care more about the organization?