(ISC)2 and ASIS Agree to Cross-Endorse

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ASIS International, a security management professional association, and (ISC)2, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, a nonprofit organization that educates, qualifies and certifies information security professionals around the world, announced they have agreed to the mutual endorsement of professional certifications offered by both.

“We’ve been talking on and off for quite awhile on how we might work more closely together,” said Jim Duffy, president and CEO of (ISC)2. “This is really the first step, the mutual endorsement of our credentials. ASIS is really the world leader in certifying traditional security professionals, and (ISC)2 is the world leader in certifying information security professionals. We put our name and reputation, and they put their name and reputation, behind this effort.”


The 27-year-old Certified Protection Professional (CPP) program administered by ASIS is one of the highly regarded certifications in the world offered to security management professionals. For 15 years, (ISC)2 has substantiated information security professionals’ knowledge and abilities through its certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credentials. ASIS’s CPP program, which deals with physical security techniques, and (ISC)2’s CISSP and SSCP certifications, which cover security as it pertains to information systems, have always stuck to their specialized fields, and never addressed each other’s issues. That changes with this new partnership.


“That’s not to say that we’re going to change our certification, or they’re going to change theirs,” Duffy said. “It’s more or less recognizing the synergy that needs to exist between the two. We believe that, going forward into the future, these two disciplines are going to have to work closely together.”


The next step for both organizations is to form a committee composed of senior members of each group to determine how the certifications will blend together in the most advantageous way for security professionals. “I look forward to coming up with a series of initiatives that provide great benefit to our respective constituencies,” Duffy said.


For more information, see http://www.isc2.org.

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