(ISC)2 Reaches 50,000 Members Worldwide

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<p><strong>Palm Harbor, Fla. &mdash; July 17&nbsp;</strong><br />(ISC)2, a nonprofit global provider of education and certification for information security professionals throughout their careers, has reached 50,000 members in 129 countries.&nbsp; </p><p>Significant growth was reported for its credentials across the Americas region, which includes North, Central and South America.<br /><br />There are more than 36,000 information security professionals with one or more (ISC)2 certifications in the Americas region.&nbsp; </p><p>Although the vast majority reside in North America, the growth rate in Central and South America has been rising rapidly, with year-over-year growth for 2005-2006 reported at 104 percent.&nbsp; </p><p>Across the Americas region, the top 10 country-by-country breakdown as of June is as follows: U.S. (31,431), Canada (2,771), Mexico (193), Brazil (192), Chile (74), Argentina (46), Colombia (38), Puerto Rico (22), Venezuela (13) and Uruguay (12).<br /><br />&ldquo;The demand for qualified, knowledgeable security professionals has never been higher, as organizations throughout the world understand that effective security starts with those who set and implement policy,&rdquo; said Ed Zeitler, CISSP, (ISC)2 executive director. &ldquo;The Central and South American markets in particular are poised for rapid expansion, and (ISC)2 plans to expand its outreach in these regions as the need for qualified professionals continues to grow.&rdquo;<br /><br />Organizations with some of the largest populations of (ISC)2-credentialed professionals in the Americas include Microsoft, Booz Allen Hamilton, EDS, Citigroup, Deloitte &amp; Touche, Northrop Grumman and PricewaterhouseCoopers.<br /><br />(ISC)2&rsquo;s flagship credentials are the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), considered the &ldquo;gold standard&rdquo; information security management certification in the industry worldwide, and the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), ideal for those who implement policy.&nbsp; </p><p>Both certifications are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under ISO/IEC/ANSI Standard 17024. </p><p>(ISC)2 also offers extended qualifications that cover security management, architecture and engineering for individuals holding the CISSP.<br /><br />CISSP candidates must have four years of professional experience (five years after Oct. 1), and SSCP candidates must possess one year of experience.&nbsp; </p><p>Both must subscribe to the (ISC)2 Code of Ethics, demonstrate a deep understanding of standards of knowledge through a rigorous examination and obtain continuing professional education credits to maintain certification.&nbsp; </p><p>Candidates for both certifications also require an endorsement by an (ISC)2 credential holder in good standing or another qualified professional with knowledge of information systems, or an officer of the candidate&rsquo;s corporation can validate the candidate&rsquo;s professional experience. <br /><br />&ldquo;The growth of our credentials is in direct correlation to the growth of the information security industry and the changing requirements of organizations the world over,&rdquo; Zeitler said. &ldquo;Our &#39;2006 Global Information Security Workforce Study&#39; projects the profession to grow to more than 2 million professionals by 2010, making our members the elite leaders in the industry.&rdquo;<br /><br />More than 3,000 (ISC)2 members surveyed in the &quot;2006 Global Information Security Workforce Study&quot; offered these additional insights:</p><ul><li>More than 40 percent of respondents work for organizations with enterprisewide annual revenue of $1 billion or more. </li><li>More than 46 percent work for organizations with 10,000 or more employees.</li><li>More than 35 percent have 10 or more years of experience in the information security industry.</li></ul><p><br />&ldquo;Certification is part of the overall picture of a professional&rsquo;s qualifications,&quot; Zeitler said. &quot;Even as our membership grows, we will continue to drive the professionalism of the global information security workforce through rigorous certification standards.&rdquo;</p>

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