The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, (ISC)2, released its “2006 Resource Guide for Today’s Information Security Professional” at the RSA Conference in San Francisco last week. At 122 pages, the handbook is more than three times longer than the first version that was released only two years ago, due in part to the subsequent inclusion of private-sector IT security information.
“This book was 35 pages when we originally published it,” Sarah Bohne, director of communications for (ISC)2. “The content within the guide really serves as an indicator of the depth, growth and reach of the profession and the community at large. If you need to find a certain resource for information when you’re working on something, it’s at your fingertips. It helps you plan your event calendar for the year, because we have all the major events listed.”
Reception to the resource guide so far has been very positive, reported Elise Yacobellis, a spokesperson for (ISC)2. “They’re flying off the shelves,” she said. “Last year, we distributed 4,000 copies at RSA, and they requested 6,000 for this show. I checked this morning and there were only a few left, so I’m assuming the 6,000 were distributed throughout the RSA conference.”
The guide contains information related to training and educational resources targeted at IT security pros around the world, as well as information on relevant professional associations, Bohne said. “It’s meant to be an indispensable tool for (all) security professionals, whatever stage of their career they’re in. That’s in line with (ISC)2’s mission overall. Because it contains educational resources and information about industry associations, it really helps raise awareness of opportunities and resources within the field among prospective new entrants who are looking at a career in information security.”
If you weren’t at RSA, though, don’t worry—there are plenty of ways to get your hands on a copy. (ISC)2 representatives will be distributing them at major information security conferences throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. Additionally, the guide is available for download on the organization’s Web site. And if you prefer to have a hard copy on hand, you can have one sent to you via snail mail for free (except for shipping costs).
Fortunately, this baby is made to travel. “It’s a pocket guide,” Bohne said. “We all carry one around. It’s really handy.”
For more information, see http://www.isc2.org.