Financial Sector Embraces Risk Reduction Through Training and Certification

Dulles, Va.
The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), a nonprofit, member-owned organization that is the only industry forum for collaboration on critical security threats facing the financial services sector, has unveiled its 2009 professional training and certification initiative.

The FS-ISAC has negotiated special member-only pricing for training and certification services offered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium [(ISC)2], IEEE’s Computer Society (IEEE-CS), the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and SCIPP International.

“We were tasked by our membership to form an education committee whose objective is to continually assess member and industry needs, and identify educational services that would provide maximum benefit to individuals and companies alike,” said Bill Nelson, president and CEO of the FS-ISAC.

“Through education and validation of knowledge and skills measured against a global standard, the financial sector is taking critical steps toward mitigating operational risk leading to a more secure and resilient information supply chain.”

Comprised of some of the most well-respected leaders in the financial service industry, the committee identified critical functions within a typical organization that have the greatest overall impact on risk reduction: information security, software and Web application development, business continuity and security awareness.

There are more than a dozen certifications initially offered in the initiative, including the “gold standard” for IT security, the CISSP, as well as each of the CISSP concentrations, and (ISC)2’s newest credential, the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) that validates an individual’s competency in addressing security issues…


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