(ISC)2 Launches Security Certification

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Palm Harbor, Fla. — Sept. 25
(ISC)² (“ISC-squared”), a not-for-profit organization educating and certifying information security professionals, announced preparations for a new certification designed to validate secure software development practices and expertise to address an increasing number of application vulnerabilities.

The Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) aims to stem the proliferation of security vulnerabilities resulting from insufficient development processes by establishing best practices and validating an individual’s competency in addressing security issues throughout the software lifecycle (SLC). Code-language neutral, it will be applicable to anyone involved in the SLC, including analysts, developers, software engineers, software architects, project managers, software quality assurance testers and programmers.

“Over 70 percent of security vulnerabilities exist at the application layer, presenting a significant, immediate threat to users worldwide,” said Howard Schmidt, CISSP, (ISC)² board member and president of the Information Security Forum. “All too often, security is bolted on at the end of the SLC as a response to a threat or after an exposure.”

Subject areas covered by the CSSLP exam will include the SLC, vulnerabilities, risk, information security fundamentals and compliance. Candidates must demonstrate four years of professional experience in the SLC process or three years of experience and a bachelor’s degree (or regional equivalent) in an IT discipline.

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