Computer Security Institute
The Computer Security Institute (CSI) is a professional membership organization
Professional body
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 serving practitioners of information, network, and computer-enabled physical security, from the level of system administrator
System administrator
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 to the chief information security officer
Chief information security officer
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. It was founded in 1974.

CSI conducts two conferences per year — the Annual Computer Security Conference and Exhibition and CSI SX. Internet
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 entrepreneur Jimmy Wales
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 was a keynote
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 speaker at CSI’s 33rd Annual Conference, held November 6–8, 2006, in Orlando, Florida
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CSI is perhaps best known for the annual CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey, conducted by CSI with the collaboration of the San Francisco Federal Bureau of Investigation's Computer Intrusion Squad and researchers from the Robert H. Smith School of Business
Robert H. Smith School of Business
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 at the University of Maryland
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. The 11th annual survey was released in August 2006, and is freely available to the general public at CSI staff have also testified as expert witness
Expert witness
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es before United States Senate
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committee hearings.

CSI members receive a $200 discount off of CSI conferences, the Alert (a monthly report that analyzes security-related news), and access to the CSI Security Resource Center to review previous issues of the Alert. CSI members belong to a community of security professionals.

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