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Our Pledge

Secure Design Excellence
Designing a secure world together.

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ISAU Core ethos SDE

ISAUnited’s ‘Secure Design Excellence' (SDE) is founded upon 10 core elements. Security designers and organizations pledge to implement these fundamental elements to ensure the protection of sensitive information, critical systems, and the overall digital landscape.


All security architecture designers must adhere to, apply, integrate, mandate, and champion our comprehensive set of core elements that underpin the guiding principles of ISAUnited – an organization committed to advancing the field of security architecture. These core elements encapsulate the guiding philosophy for security architects, establishing a framework that not only safeguards digital landscapes but also contributes to the broader societal well-being. From embracing best practices to fostering inclusivity, ethical conduct, and continuous learning, these 10 core elements serve as the foundation upon which ISAUnited builds a community dedicated to the relentless pursuit of excellence in security architecture design. In unison, these guiding principles chart a course toward a future where security architects play an indispensable role in shaping secure, resilient, and sustainable digital ecosystems.


  1. Adopt and apply best security design practices, frameworks, and standards:

    • Embrace industry-leading security design methodologies and stay abreast of evolving standards to ensure the implementation of robust and effective security architectures.

  2. Ensure all technology infrastructure and networks are safe, resilient, and sustainable:

    • Prioritize the development and maintenance of secure, resilient, and sustainable technology infrastructures, fostering an environment that can withstand evolving cyber threats and technological challenges.

  3. Advance the educational and professional standards for security architecture design:

    • Actively contribute to the enhancement of educational and professional standards by supporting initiatives that promote continuous learning, certification programs, and knowledge-sharing within the security architecture community.

  4. Promote the value of secured architecture as an essential role in society:

    • Advocate for the recognition of security architects as integral contributors to societal well-being, emphasizing the critical role they play in safeguarding sensitive information, critical systems, and the overall digital landscape.

  5. Embrace diversity and inclusivity in security architecture:

    • Foster a culture that values diversity and inclusivity, acknowledging that a wide range of perspectives enhances creativity and problem-solving capabilities within the security architecture domain.

  6. Maintain ethical and transparent practices:

    • Uphold the highest ethical standards in all security architecture endeavors, promoting transparency, integrity, and accountability in decision-making processes and interactions with stakeholders.

  7. Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams:

    • Encourage collaboration with professionals from diverse fields, recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of security architecture. Foster partnerships that leverage varied expertise to address complex challenges effectively.

  8. Stay informed about emerging threats and technologies:

    • Commit to continuous learning and staying abreast of the latest developments in cybersecurity threats and technologies. This includes proactive engagement with industry trends, research, and evolving threat landscapes.

  9. Prioritize user experience and accessibility:

    • Integrate user experience and accessibility considerations into security architecture designs, ensuring that security measures do not compromise usability and inclusivity for end-users.

  10. Contribute to the broader community and knowledge-sharing:

    • Actively participate in community forums, conferences, and knowledge-sharing initiatives to contribute expertise, share insights, and collaborate with peers in advancing the field of security architecture for the greater benefit of the community and society at large.

The ISAUnited's 'Secure Design Excellence' (SDE) represents a visionary commitment to elevating the standards and impact of security architecture design. Grounded in the 10 core elements, this pledge serves as the bedrock for security designers and organizations, guiding them toward a future where their roles are indispensable in shaping secure, resilient, and sustainable digital ecosystems. In essence, the 'Secure Design Excellence' pledge lays the foundation for a collaborative, ethical, and forward-thinking approach to security architecture design. It signifies a commitment to excellence that goes beyond individual endeavors, creating a collective force that propels the industry toward greater heights and contributes meaningfully to the well-being of society.

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