The BCS Information Security Specialist Group (BCS-ISSG) was formed in 1984 as a specialist sub-group of the British Computer Society. It deals in all aspects of information security, and its members represent a wide range of commercial, government and academic organisations.
The basic objectives of the BCS-ISSG are to involve its members and the public by raising awareness of the risks to information systems and by identifying technical and non-technical methods for attaining acceptable levels of security. The BCS-ISSG also seeks to influence the development of commercially available IT security products and services, and the development of the legislation and standards required to achieve and sustain acceptable levels of security. It works to improve awareness of ethical issues arising from computer misuse and supports research into the management of computer risk.