I wanted to poll the group and see if any of you have dealt with the
International Information Systems Forensics Association (IISFA), based in Atlanta, GA.
I've been trying (with very limited success) to contact their international corporate office
and it seems they are going through a reorganization of sorts.
Their web site is only partially functional after a redesign, and the
only two contacts listed do not have valid email addresses (keep getting rejects from their mail server).
I was interested in joining them and, I also took their CIFI certification exam through Prometric.
I passed the exam, but never received confirmation of the certification or any acknowledgement
back whatsoever. I also tried contacting them through their Atlanta chapter, with limited success.
Their members were quite helpful, but could not really help me with contacting the main office, except
to tell me that they were reorganizing.
In any case, if any of you have any good contact information for them or any input on
them or their certification, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
I have had exatcly the same Issue. I recently sent the following to them and I didn't even get a response.
To whom it may concern (hopefully everyone at IISFA),
I passed your CIFI exam on 01-24-06 at site number AL7 with a passing
score of 96%. I have yet to receive any sort of communication at all
from your organization. I currently have no way to prove to my clients
that I am a CIFI, one of the requirements to perform forensic
evaluation. I can't even put into words how infuriating this is for me
as I am loosing thousands of potential dollars as well as the respect of
my customers. As as an independent consultant, you have to evaluate the
ROI of certifications, including hours spent studying and taking the
exam. Currently your certification has proved to be a poor investment,
as it is only an expense. Without proof of certification, such as a
certificate, my customers are choosing others who do have certificates
such as the CHFI. Unless I can get a certificate from your organization
proving my certification, then I will have to move to the CHFI and
encourage my colleagues and employees to do the same. Please advise as
to what your next action will be. Thank you for your time.
My information is as follows
Candidate ID xxxx
Registration Number xxxx
That was sent nearly 2 months ago and still no response. Why bother with this when you can actually get validation with other certification vendors? I basically just wasted $150 and a few hours…..
Well, I probably wouldn't have been as vocal as you were, but maybe if enough people indicate their frustration, they will answer a few emails, or at least post some information on their site. I recently sent yet another email to them as well, and it was returned as undeliverable.
While I have some experience in the forensics field and feel that there's no substitute for good experience, I think that certification does lend itself to validating our knowledge and even our desire to grow in the profession somewhat, so there is value to it. I would hope that any organization that purports to enhance the profession would in fact be professional itself with its clients. Hopefully, they will resolve their internal issues and continue to contribute to our field.
I didn't get much response to this post, but in case it's of interest to anyone, the ISFA.org domain has apparently went defunct and lapsed into expiration, so I guess this answers my question. I suppose this means that organization is now dead. Anyone hear any further news?
Ive seen this organization pop up in a few threads. It always comes down to people saying they tried to contact them and never heard anything back. I tried to contact them a while ago myself. The fact that their domain expired should be self explanitory. You can search for old threads on the subject if you wanna see more input from others. I think they didnt respond to this thread because the topic has been discussed so many times before.