(ISC)2 And Asis International Sign Memorandum Of Understanding Cross-Endorsing Certifications To Advance Security Profession

PALM HARBOR, Fla., Sept. 30, 2004 ASIS International, the preeminent global organization for security management professionals, and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 , the non-profit international leader in its 15th year of educating, qualifying and certifying information security professionals worldwide, today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that commits both organizations to the mutual endorsement of each organization s professional certifications. The MOU was signed during the ASIS International 50th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, held in Dallas, Sept. 27-30, 2004.

The Certified Protection Professional (CPP) has been administered by ASIS for 27 years, and is acknowledged throughout the world as the highest recognition accorded a security management professional. For 15 years, (ISC) has validated information security professional standards through its certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP ) and the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP ) designations.

Timothy L. Williams, a member of the ASIS Board of Directors and Vice President, Corporate & Systems Security, Nortel Networks, said the agreement was significant because all the certifications involved have great credibility in their respective fields, and this memorandum of understanding will bring synergy between these organizations that will further their respective purposes beyond their individual capacities and abilities.

James E. Duffy, (ISC)2 president and CEO, said, The consortium has long believed there needs to be seamless integration of all aspects of security policy throughout an organization to enhance the effectiveness of security measures. ASIS longstanding, global reputation in traditional security education and certification makes it a perfect collaborator in this endeavor.

ASIS International will announce the mutual endorsement of certifications today at its 50th Annual Seminar and Exhibits at the Dallas Convention Center during a panel discussion on the Convergence of Enterprise Security Organizations from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

About ASIS International
ASIS International (ASIS) is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 33,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities, and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry s number one magazine Security Management ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.

About (ISC)

Based in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA with offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 is the premier organization dedicated to providing information security professionals around the world professional certification based on (ISC)2 s CBK , a compendium of industry best practices for information security professionals. Since its inception in 1989, the non-profit organization has trained, qualified and certified more than 27,000 information security professionals in 106 countries. (ISC)2 awards the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP ) and the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP ) credentials. Both certifications require professional experience and, for the CISSP, the Gold Standard in information security certifications, an endorsement by a professional who is familiar with the background of the candidate. (ISC)2 is the first information security certifying body to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024, a global benchmark for certification of personnel. More information about (ISC)2 is available at www.isc2.org.

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