With the backing of major firms like Microsoft, Ernst & Young and Deloitte, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 recently announced the launch of the “Year of the Information Security Professional” initiative for the coming year. The program, which will include learning events, mentoring, scholarships and other offerings, was conceived to promote the IT security profession around the world.
A recent study conducted by (ISC)2 and global industry analyst firm IDC predicted that the number of information security professionals would swell to 2.1 million by 2008 from the current total of approximately 1.3 million workers. “The need for information security talent is going to grow exponentially in the next couple of years,” said Sarah Bohne, director of corporate communications at (ISC)2. “Businesses are getting accustomed to thinking about security.”
The “Year of the Information Security Professional” initiative is aimed at providing education to companies, IT professionals and the general public through both organizational and individual efforts. “The interest is to promote the profession in general and to help raise the visibility of information security as a profession, as well as help individual information security professionals advance their careers,” said James Wade, CISSP, past president and board member of (ISC)2 and the former chief security officer of the Federal Reserve Board. “Just to get an announcement and news releases out is not enough. We’re seeking to involve all of our CISSPs through grassroots efforts to provide information in their organizations about what information security and the profession…
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