Reference Library: Professional Associations
Professional associations and IT organizations that are of interest to auditors.
Accountants Global Network
Accountants Global Network is a worldwide association of separate and independent accounting and consulting firms that allow clients to tap into a world network of professional knowledge. The site is presented in English, French, Dutch, and Spanish.
ACM Special Interest Group (SIGSAC)
SIGSAC addresses information and system security, including technologies, systems, and applications, and sponsors security conferences and workshops.
American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
AAAI is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines, and to increasing public understanding of artificial intelligence.
American Bankers Association (ABA)
ABA brings together all elements of the banking community to promote the strength and profitability of the industry, and provides products and services, public affairs support, and legal services.
American Health Information Management Association
AHIMA is a community of professionals engaged in health information management and provides support to members that strengthen the industry and profession.
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
AHIMA is a community of professionals engaged in health information management and provides support to members that strengthen the industry and profession.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
The AICPA is the professional association for certified public accountants in the United States.
American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS)
The largest international organization for security professionals is dedicated to increasing effectiveness and productivity with educational programs and materials that focus on both fundamentals and recent advancements.
American Women's Society of Certified Public Accountants, The (AWSCPA)
AWSCPA is devoted to the support and professional development of women CPAs through public awareness, networking, professional growth, and advocacy.
ARMA International provides education, research, and networking opportunities for more than 10,000 information management professionals in 30 countries.
Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM)
AFFIRM is a U.S.-based organization that provides education for professionals who manage information and related systems and resources within the U.S. government.
Association for Financial Professionals (AFP)
The AFP represents a broad spectrum of the treasury and finance profession through research, education, certifications, publications, representation to regulators, and development of industry standards.
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
Dedicated to fighting fraud and white-collar crime, the ACFE responds to the needs of anti-fraud professionals and has offices and chapters around the world.
Association of Chartered Accountants in the U.S. (ACAUS)
The ACAUS represents the interests of approximately 4,000 U.S.-based chartered accountants from home institutes in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and South Africa.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
ACCA's mission is to provide professional opportunities to people in the accounting field, and to lead the development of the accountancy profession in the United Kingdom and internationally.
Association Of College And University Auditors (ACUA)
ACUA promotes a curriculum of internal auditing in institutions of higher education and encourages graduating students to enter this professional field.
Association of Contingency Planners (ACP)
ACP provides training and information for business continuity, contingency planning, disaster recovery, and emergency management professionals.
Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)
ACC provides attorneys who practice law in corporations, associations, and other private-sector organizations with educational initiatives, networking opportunities, collegiality, and advocacy.
Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors (ACUIA)
ACUIA provides opportunities to share knowledge and experiences, provides internal auditing guidelines and development, furnishes information on issues and practices, and promotes internal auditing in credit unions.
Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA)
AHIA provides educational opportunities to foster growth of this specialized group of auditors as health-care professionals.
Association of Information Technology Professionals
The organization seeks to provide avenues for members to be teachers as well as students and to make contacts with other members in the information systems field, in an effort to become more marketable in rapidly changing, technological careers.
Association of International Accountants (AIA)
AIA is is one of five recognized qualifying bodies in the United Kingdom for company auditors under the Companies Act 1989. The AIA worldwide network promotes awareness of developments in accounting.
Association of Public Pension Fund Auditors (APPFA)
With members in Canada and the United States, this nonprofit provides professional development opportunities on pension-related topics and promotes professional standards for internal auditors of public retirement systems.
Australian Society of CPAs (ASCPA)
With branches in Australia, Asia, and the United Kingdom, and more than 77,000 members, ASCPA provides professional development and aims to guarantee professionalism, integrity, and excellence in accountancy work performed by members.
Bank Administration Institute (BAI)
Through strategic research and educational offerings. BAI's mission is to establish banking companies as the pre-eminent providers of financial services by offering high-quality, relevant, objective information and programs.
BITS, the Technology Group for the Financial Services Roundtable is the strategic "brain trust" for the U.S. financial services industry in the e-commerce arena.
British Computer Society Information Risk Management and Audit Group (IRMA Group)
The IRMA Group supports practitioners in the areas of information systems risk management and audit, and promotes the awareness and use of computer auditing, control, and risk management techniques.
Business Continuity Planners Association (BCPA)
BCPA is a nonprofit association of professionals in business recovery, crisis management, emergency management, contingency planning, and disaster preparedness planning.
Business Software Alliance (BSA)
BSA encourages the legal use of legitimate software, educates the public about proper software management practices, and acts against unauthorized use, reproduction, and distribution of member company software.
Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation
This national research and educational foundation focuses on governance information, performance reporting, and comprehensive auditing for the public sector and corporations.
Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)
CIPS' mission is to define and foster the IT profession, encourage and support the IT practitioner, and advance the theory and practice of IT, while safeguarding the public interest in Canada.
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA)
CICA upholds the professional integrity and standards of Canada's chartered accountants by enhancing the quality and quantity of financial information produced by organizations and helping members add value to their clients.
Certified General Accountants' Association of Canada
With 56,000 members and students, CGA-Canada is well-known internationally for its IT-integrated program of professional studies, in partnership with major software vendors, including Microsoft.
Certified Institute of Public Financial Accountants (CIPFA)
The leading accountancy body for public services in the United Kingdom, whether in the public or private sectors, CIPFA is a registered charity and holder of a Royal Charter.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
CIMA's mission is to promote and develop management accountancy; investigate and research means and methods of developing and applying it; and encourage, disseminate and promote knowledge, education, and training.
Common is an international professional association, providing organizations and individuals interested in IBM-related technology with conferences, news magazine, support network, and IT library.
Computer Crime Research Center (CCRC)
The Computer Crime Research Center (CCRC) is an international volunteer nonprofit corporation dedicated to education in the field of cyber crime and cyber terrorism prevention and investigation.
Computer Security Institute (CSI)
CSI provides education on practical, cost-effective ways to protect an organization's information assets; offers conferences, seminars, and publications; and conducts the annual FBI/CSI Computer Crime survey.
Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
CompTIA is an information technology trade association that promotes IT industry growth, industry standards, IT professional education and certification, business solutions, and public policy initiatives.
Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE)
DRIE provides a forum for exchanging information, ideas, and experiences among disaster recovery and contingency planning professionals in Canada.
This international nonprofit organization provides an independent forum on trusted service provision, digital certificates, and public key infrastructure; e-commerce best practice; wireless messaging; and unified messaging.
Electronic Commerce Association (ECA)
ECA aims to encourage improvements in industrial, commercial, and governmental efficiency by offering guidance and practical solutions to enable organizations to make the most effective use of e-commerce.
Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA)
The EIA is a U.S. trade organization of electronic and high-tech associations and companies whose mission is promoting the market development and competitiveness of the U.S. high-tech industry.
European Federation of Accountants and Auditors for SMEs (EFAA)
The EFAA is an umbrella organization for national accounting and audit organizations in Europe. It monitors the work and results of the various EU institutions to ensure that rulings are adhered to and to ensure the credibility of the SME sector.
Financial Managers Society (FMS)
This society of nearly 1,800 executives from financial institutions and businesses serving the financial services industry aims to enhance both the technical and managerial skills of members and others within the industry.
Financial Services Roundtable
This organization supports financial services industry leaders in determining and influencing public policy, promotes the interests of member companies, and communicates with the U.S. public.
Help Desk Institute
HDI, a Ziff-Davis Education Association, provides targeted information about the technologies, tools, and trends of the help desk and customer support industry, and offers conferences, training, and e-mail list server.
High-Tech Crime Investigators Association
HTCIA objectives are to encourage, promote, and assist in the sharing of information, ideas and knowledge about processes and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies.
Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC)
IAAC brings together corporate leaders, public policy makers, law enforcement, and the research community to address the challenges of information infrastructure protection and develop policy recommendations.
Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
This not-for-profit international organization of information security professionals provides education, publications and peer interaction opportunities to enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of members.
Information Technology Association of America (ITAA)
ITAA provides IT industry information, association programs, publications, meetings, and seminars.
Information Technology Financial Management Association (ITFMA)
ITFMA offers conferences, seminars, and publications dedicated to the advancement of the financial management of information services organizations and the IT financial management profession.
Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP)
ICCP promotes high professional standards for the computer industry by offering a broadly applicable and internationally recognized certification program.
Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ICPAS)
The main objective of ICPAS is to ensure technical competence, integrity, and independence in the work performed by members, in addition to providing a service to the community.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
The ICAA sets the technical and ethical standards for members, provides leadership for the profession, and issues binding ethical rulings to uphold the core values of integrity, independence, and technical excellence.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI)
The ICAI site includes information about the practice of accounting in Ireland, a directory of chartered accounting firms, education and training details, accounting job openings, a library, and an IT fact sheet section.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)
The largest professional accountancy body in Europe and its qualification is recognized all over the world as a prestigious business qualification.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
The institute's mission is to uphold the integrity and the standing of the profession of chartered accountancy through excellence in education, the development of accountancy, and the enforcement of professional standards.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE sponsors conferences, symposia, and meetings, and publishes significant technical papers and standards to advance the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, computer engineering, and computer science.
Institute of Internal Auditors - Australia
IIA-Australia supports its members through the promotion and development of the role of internal auditing, including professional development activities, standards for the practice of internal auditing, and certification.
Institute of Internal Auditors - South Africa
IIA-South Africa participates in business, governmental, and educational organizations; speaks out on issues affecting the profession; responds to needs of audit practitioners; and forms alliances.
Institute of Internal Auditors - UK and Ireland
IIA-UK and Ireland conducts research and independent studies, promotes the Code of Ethics and the Standards, and conveys professional qualifications, including Qualification in Computer Auditing (QiCA).
Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
The IIA is the world leader in internal auditing, governance, internal control, IT audit, education, risk management, and security.
International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators
IAFCI is a nonprofit international organization that provides services and information about financial fraud, fraud investigation, and fraud prevention methods.
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
ICC promotes international trade, investment and the market economy system worldwide; makes rules that govern the conduct of business across borders; and provides services including the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
International Compliance Association (ICA)
ICA provides training, internationally recognized qualifications, and information exchange opportunities for compliance professionals in the financial-services sector.
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
IFAC is the global organization representing the accounting profession and develops accounting, audit, and assurance standards.
International Federation of Information Processing Societies (IFIPS)
This nongovernmental, nonprofit umbrella organization for national societies in the field of information processing maintains friendly connections to specialized agencies of the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations.
International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2
(ISC)2 maintains a common body of knowledge for information security, certifies industry professionals and practitioners, administers training and examinations, and provides continuing education.
International Webmasters Association (IWA)
IWA provides professional advancement opportunities for individuals dedicated to a Web career, to enhance their effectiveness, image, and professionalism.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
The IETF community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers conducts technical work in its working groups, which are organized by topic such as routing, transport, and security.
Internet Security Alliance
Internet Security Alliance provides a forum for sharing information on information security issues and threats and works to identify and standardize security best practices and solutions.
Internet Society (ISOC)
ISOC provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet and is the organizational home for groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards.
ISACA serves the needs of IT governance professionals, develops global standards, administers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation, and publishes the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT).
IT Governance Institute (ITGI)
Created by ISACA, ITGI provides guidance and technical support to address IT issues at the governance level.
Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants (KICPA)
The KICPA has concentrated its efforts on ensuring that South Korea's system of accounting is well developed and playing an active role in various international accounting organizations. This site is in both English and Korean.
Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)
MIA represents all accountants in Malaysia, provides education and training to promote and maintain professional standards, and conducts and promotes research and development.
National Association of Corporate Directors (U.S.)
NACD is a membership association for U.S. corporate boards, directors, director-candidates, and board advisers. It provides education, publishing, consulting services, and a forum on board policies and practices.
National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (U.S.)
Public and private sector members exchange ideas and innovations promoting partnership practices, benefits and values, for the public good.
National Institute of Accountants (Australia)
Australia's professional organization for accountants provides professional recognition, education, business and technical advice, alliances with business service providers, and advocacy to government and its agencies.
National Society of Insurance Premium Auditors (NSIPA) (U.S.)
NSIPA recognizes the effort premium auditors take to stay current in their profession with programs such as the continuing professional development program, Certificate of Achievement programs, and the Certified Insurance Premium Auditors designation.
Open Interchange Consortium (OIC)
OIC is an Australia-based association that directs and encourages the research, development, and use of electronic information technologies and associated systems to automate the business process.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
OECD's 30 member countries share a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. OECD Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems have been adopted/adapted by the standards organizations throughout the world.
Project Management Institute (PMI)
PMI is a nonprofit professional association that establishes standards and provides seminars, educational programs, and professional certification for project leaders.
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
SIFMA represents nearly 700 securities firms, including investment banks, broker-dealers, and mutual fund companies, that are active in all U.S. and foreign markets and all phases of corporate and public finance.
Security Industry Association (SIA)
SIA promotes growth, expansion, and professionalism within the security industry; and provides education, research, technical standards, representation, and defense of members’ interests.
SHARE Inc. is an independent, volunteer-run association providing IBM customers with user-focused research, education, networking, and a forum to influence the IT industry.
Society of Management Accountants of Canada (SMA)
SMA represents more than 29,000 certified management accountants (CMAs) and more than 3,500 CMA candidates in Canada. CMAs are accredited members of the SMA, trained for the management accounting role.
Software Engineering Institute (SEI)
SEI is a federally funded research and development center established in 1984 by the U.S. Department of Defense with a broad charter to address the transition of software engineering technology.
Stanford Research Institute International (SRI)
SRI is an independent, nonprofit research, technology development, and consulting organization promoting and fostering the application of science in the development of commerce, trade, and industry.
TechNet promotes and lobbies for the IT and biotechnology industries, and advocates public policies for strengthening technology and Internet-based businesses.
UK Audit Commission
This independent watchdog works to ensure the appropriate stewardship of public finances; the Web site includes news, reports, publications, assessments, judgments, and interactive tools.
United Nations International Computing Center (UNICC)
UNICC provides IT services on a full cost-recovery basis, assists in exploiting networking and computing technology, provides information management services, and gives advice and disseminates information on questions related to information management.
United States Telecom Association (USTelecom)
USTelecom provides a common ground where local telephone companies of all sizes can unite to advance the industry's concerns.
A partner in opening markets and strengthening economies, World Bank's goal is to improve the quality of life and increase prosperity for people everywhere.