There is both good and bad news here.
The Good: If you read the announcement, the $125/yr covers "all" of your ISC2 certifications. So if you hold more than one certification, this is actually a cost reduction.
"Starting July 1, 2019, members with multiple certifications will save as they will only pay a single AMF of U.S. $125 regardless of how many (ISC)² certifications they earn"
The Bad: ISC2 used to require dues "at the end" of a certification cycle. They are changing to "at the beginning" of the cycle. Thus, you will be in for a shock if you need to renew before July 1.
"We are aligning with industry and financial best practices, as well as eliminating confusion among some members by no longer billing in arrears (for the previous year’s membership)."
If you have more than one certification coming due, you will get hit with Last Year's dues and This Year's dues for each certification!
"Starting January 23, 2019, members have until June 30, 2019 to pay any outstanding AMFs at the current rate for their certification(s)... between January 23, 2019 and June 30, 2019 must pay any outstanding AMFs and their 2019 annual membership fee at the current rate before June 30."
If you have multiple certs coming due before July - brace yourself! ISC2 should have at least kicked in the $125 all you can eat AMF for the 2019 calendar year, not base it on their 2019 cut-over date, because this one time both past and future payments are being required in the same year.
As to the value, it certainly can hold value both in the resources they provide and status. Having said that, it is undeniable that ISC2 has pushed numerous recruitment drives via members. No one is blind to why that seems to be so top of mind, so often.
It's bad joke. Nothing they provide even comes close to justifying this kind of increase.
Code of Ethics Canons:
Can we please have a justification for the increase and the benefits to be gained from the boards perspective?
Is there any possible way of keeping the US $85 for a single qualification and those who hold multiple certifications to US $125 - which is a benefit to those holders?
A lot of our organisations have gone into major digital transformations and transformed people and resources and cost cutting including having to go economy even on long air flights for business purposes.
What we need is a justification for the increases and why they are occurring so all members understand?
Can there be sliding point, at which as renewals occur, rather than a doubling up on fees or do we have our mathematics incorrect?
What benefits will ISC2 board bring to the members, because there appears to be a lot of members thinking of ditching ISC2 altogether due to the increases? Have they been well thought out?
In comparison ISACA with multiple qualifications is very expensive in comparison indeed, especially their cybersecurity online training costs etc.
Please help all members to understand the why, what, how as we have no real justification at the moment or full understanding of why these are occurring.
We are living in a world where the client has increased choices and flexibility, so we really need to know what does the client members obtain.
By the way I pay for my own ISC2 fees, as my employer does not pay for them, even though I work as a security practitioner - this was part of the cost cutting and digital transformation outcomes that have happened.
Isaca is expensive indeed, but at least you've got the full COBIT 2019 framework included in the price.
That has value. If because of the price I must choose between my CISM and my CISSP, the framework will weight on their side.