The Affiliated Local Interest Group (ALIG) program allows (ISC)2, a nonprofit that issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential, to meet members' networking needs by supporting security association chapters at the local level.
Participating chapters will receive benefits such as discounts on (ISC)2's education and certification services, books, and online education group courses.
Organizations participating in the pilot program, which is slated to run until the end of the year, include: Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Baltimore and Northern Virginia chapters; Federation of Security Professionals, Canada; Information Security Interest Group, Australia; and ISSA, Hong Kong, U.K., and France chapters.
Dow Williamson, director of corporate development at (ISC)2, said the program will provide (ISC)2's 35,000 members worldwide with "convenient venues to connect with each other and enhance their professional growth."
He added that the program formalizes long-standing relationships (ISC)2 has with the participating associations and paves the way for "mutually beneficial opportunities."