(ISC)2 Honors Dr. Dorothy Denning With 2004 Harold F. Tipton Award

RSA CONFERENCE 2005, Booth 1615, San Francisco, Calif.., USA – The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2®, the non-profit international leader in educating, qualifying and certifying information security professionals worldwide and celebrating the Year of the Information Security Professional, today announced information security pioneer Dorothy Denning, Ph.D., CISSP, CISM, as the recipient of the 2004 Harold F. Tipton Award in recognition of her outstanding information security career.

The award will be presented to Dr. Denning this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the RSA Conference 2005 in San Francisco, Calif.

Recognized as one of the world’s leading information security experts, Denning has testified before the U.S. Congress on encryption policy and cyber terrorism, has served in leadership and advisory positions with government agencies and private sector organizations, and has published 120 articles and four books, the most recent being Information Warfare and Security. Denning is the recipient of numerous industry awards and was named a Time Magazine innovator in 2001.

“Dr. Denning is a pioneer in the science of cryptography and an expert in information warfare,” said Patricia Gilmore, (ISC)2 board vice president and awards committee chairman. “She has made many significant contributions to the field of information security as an author, professor and researcher, and (ISC)2 is pleased to recognize her many accomplishments with our most prestigious award.”

“It is a great honor to be selected to receive this award from an organization that was one of the first to recognize the importance of credentialed professionals in securing corporations and governments worldwide,” said Denning.

“In addition, I encourage all organizations to support (ISC)2’s “Year of the Information Security Professional’ initiative to help attract high-quality candidates to the profession and continue to educate organizations on the need for security personnel to effectively manage risk and protect their information assets,” said Denning.

The annual (ISC)² Harold F. Tipton Award recognizes an individuals life-long contributions to the improvement of the information security profession. The award’s namesake is a security industry pioneer and (ISC)² co-founder and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) education director.

“Over the past three decades, Dorothy Denning has been instrumental in the battle to secure cyber infrastructure,” said Tipton, who will present the award to Dr. Denning. “She has an extensive history of developing ways to protect highly sensitive information for corporations and government agencies.”

Denning is currently a professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. She previously taught at Georgetown University, where she was the Callahan Family Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Georgetown Institute for Information Assurance and at Purdue University. She has also worked at SRI International and Digital Equipment Corporation.

About (ISC)²
The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)2®] is the premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to certifying information security professionals around the world. Founded in 1989, (ISC)² has certified more than 30,000 information security professionals in more than 100 countries.

Based in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA with offices in Vienna, Virginia, USA, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, (ISC)2 issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSPÒ) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCPÒ) credentials and related concentrations to those meeting necessary competency requirements. The CISSPÒ, the Gold Standard in information security certifications, is the first information technology credential to meet the stringent requirements of ANSI ISO/IEC 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers a portfolio of educational related products and services based upon (ISC)2’s CBK®, a compendium of industry best practices for information security professionals, and is responsible for the annual (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study. More information about (ISC)2 is available at www.isc2.org.

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