(ISC)² Announces Winners of Cyber Contest

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Palm Harbor, Fla. — Feb. 12
(ISC)² (“ISC-squared”), the global nonprofit that educates and certifies information security professionals throughout their careers, announced the winners of its Cyber Security Awareness Month contest, where top professionals from around the world submitted security awareness tools on an online repository free to the public.

(ISC)²-certified members, representing pre-eminent information security experts from corporate, government and academic arenas spanning North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, were invited to post materials that organizations and individuals could download to promote online safety at work or within the community. A total of 118 materials were uploaded to the (ISC)² Cyber Security Awareness Resource Center, including templates that can be customized by end users, such as posters, flyers, brochures, presentations and games.

Winners were selected based on a combination of rankings and public downloads of their materials. Each will receive US$1,000 from (ISC)². The winners are:

  • Boris Loza, a CISSP based in Canada, for “Anti-Hacking School, Lessons One and Two”
  • Hayman Ezzeldin, a CISSP based in Germany, for “Backup Your Data!” poster
  • Jay Schwitzgebel, a CISSP-ISSMP based in the U.S., for a “Consumer Internet Security Awareness on Emerging Security Threats” presentation
  • Pedro Verdin Jimenez, a CISSP based in Mexico, for a Spanish-language presentation on cyber safety and security
  • Nishidhdha Shah, a CISSP based in the U.S., for a presentation entitled “Approach to Information Security”

Mr. Schwitzgebel commented, “There is a real need to educate people about the best way to protect themselves online. As a CISSP and security practitioner, I routinely network with my colleagues and share awareness materials for adapted reuse.

“That the (ISC)² Cyber Security Awareness Resource Center facilitates such professional sharing, while also making the materials available to an even broader public audience, is a tremendous value to the security industry. I’m proud to be a member of an organization that has made awareness part of its core mission.”

“Due to the success of the online resource center, we’ve decided to build out and enhance the site, keep it operational year-round and hold the contest again this year,” said Eddie Zeitler, CISSP, executive director of (ISC)². To continue building the repository with compelling materials, (ISC)² plans to run the contest annually.

Another (ISC)² initiative to support Cyber Security Awareness Month included participation in National Cyber Security Awareness Day in Tallahassee, Fla. (ISC)² Security Strategist and former White House Cyber Security Adviser Howard Schmidt was joined by Miss America Lauren Nelson and Tallahassee Mayor John Marks at Florida State University to discuss ways families can better protect themselves from online threats. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the event was part of a nationwide campaign to educate the American public, businesses, schools and government agencies about ways to secure their part of cyber space, computers and the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Assuring public awareness of cyber security has become an official element of the (ISC)² mission. (ISC)² has alliances with several organizations around the world that are committed to bring cyber security awareness to the public, including Childnet International, SCIPP International and the Information Security Awareness Forum.

(ISC)² and its members also are advocates for, participate in and sponsor a number of year-round security-related events throughout the world that support security awareness, including:

  • Safer Internet Days in the EU
  • Clean PC Day in Hong Kong
  • Global Security Week in New Zealand
  • Computer Security Day in the U.S.
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