<strong>Palm Harbor, Fla. — Oct. 18</strong><br />(ISC)2, a nonprofit provider of education and cerfication for information security professionals throughout their careers, has reported the early success of the newest benefit it’s offering to its certified members: free educational security events.<br /><br />Response from (ISC)2 members to the free live and online events, part of the (ISC)2 Security Leadership Series, has been overwhelmingly positive, with all the fall one-day live events booked to capacity and the initial two online seminars attracting attendees in the thousands.<br /><br />The (ISC)2 Security Leadership Series, which provides information security professionals key knowledge on emerging security issues from leading industry experts and interaction with their peers, is composed of bimonthly, half-day online (ISC)2 e-Symposia, available exclusively to (ISC)2 members, and multiple- and one-day in-person events. <br /><br />Earlier this summer, (ISC)2 announced that its one-day live and e-Symposia events would be offered at no cost to its 50,000-plus members worldwide. Since making the announcement, the attendance rate for the one-day live events has more than doubled.<br /><br />“We believe strongly in offering our members meaningful benefits that help them in their daily jobs and throughout their careers,” said Ed Zeitler, CISSP, (ISC)2 executive director. “Feedback from our members told us that less expensive, convenient professional educational opportunities were a top priority for them. We’re proud to be able provide them access to these seminars while removing the costs to them or their employers.”<br /><br />Open to all information security professionals, the Security Leadership Series offers employers a vehicle to ensure that their information security staff is staying abreast of key evolutions in information security best practice. <br /><br />The series also provides significant opportunities for obtaining continuing professional education (CPEs) to (ISC)2-certified members, who must earn CPE credits to maintain their certifications.<br /><br />Members are finding value in the e-Symposia, a new education forum (ISC)2 launched in June. <br />After attending the identity management eSymposium in August, Adam Borrin, CISSP, of Santa Maria, Calif., said “I was impressed at the depth of information presented. I find this an effective way in which to maintain my current knowledge and earn CPEs.” <br /><br />(ISC)2 members who miss an e-Symposium seminar can take advantage of the archived event and complete a quiz to earn CPE credits, available 72 hours after it concludes. The archive will remain active as long as the topic is relevant and useful. <br /><br />The 2007 fall series of live events continues through November, with topics ranging from crimeware to wireless security to homeland security to computer forensics to privacy/identity protection.
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