(ISC)2® Seeks Candidates For $50,000 Information Security Scholarship For 2006

PALM HARBOR, Fla., USA, Sept. 27, 2005 – The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)2®], the non-profit international leader in educating and certifying information security professionals worldwide and currently celebrating the Year of the Information Security Professional, today announced it is accepting applications for the Annual (ISC)2 Security Scholarship Program for 2006, which offers $50,000 in financial assistance to post-graduate students who are conducting information security research projects.

One-year scholarships of up to $12,500 apiece will be awarded to four qualifying full-time post-graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in information security at any accredited university worldwide. The scholarships may be consecutively renewed if all criteria have been met, or for multiple research projects. The deadline for submission is Nov. 30, 2005.

“Information security degree programs are attracting an increasing number of students, and more colleges and universities are offering undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. We are pleased to support these students and recognize the educational institutions that offer comprehensive, high-quality programs,” said Rolf Moulton, CISSP-ISSMP, president and chief executive officer (interim) of (ISC)2.

“The annual scholarship program demonstrates our commitment to professionalizing the information security workforce and to providing opportunities for information security professionals through all phases of their careers, as well as advancing the profession through education and research,” Moulton said.

“The (ISC)2 scholarship award enabled me to further my research into role-based personnel anomaly detection and continue to advance ideas and solutions in information security,” said Shuyuan Mary Ho, CISSP, from Syracuse University, New York, one of last year’s scholarship recipients.

Scholarship funds will be awarded based on the relevance of the recipient’s research to the (ISC)2 CBKs®, compendia of industry best practices, (ISC)2 designation, and financial need. Special consideration will be given to students who are Associates of (ISC)2 or holders of the CISSP® (Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner), Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP)CM or SSCP® (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) credential. All payments will be made directly to the recipient’s university or college.

To apply, interested students must submit a scholarship application form, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three character references, and a proposed budget for using the scholarship award. Students must also include a certified statement from their faculty advisor or institution confirming that:
The applicant is a post-graduate student in good standing with the relevant department;
The applicant is pursuing a defined research project that has been approved by the college or university;
The applicant’s faculty advisor and/or institution will support him/her for any expenses the scholarship does not cover.

To obtain the (ISC)2 Information Security Scholarship form, prospective candidates should go to www.isc2.org/scholarship.

The scholarship program is a component of (ISC)2’s global Academic Program, which offers academic institutions worldwide opportunities to enhance information security education for their students via scholarships, instructor-led (ISC)2 review seminars and exams, academic credit for (ISC)2 certification holders, e-Learning, and professional experience credit for (ISC)2 certification candidates from accredited academic institutions. For the latest information on the (ISC)2 Academic Program, including obtaining copies of the recent (ISC)2 information security career guide for high school and college students (www.isc2.org/careerguide), interested parties should contact (ISC)2 at academicprogram@isc2.org or +1.866.462.4777 (inside North America) or +1.703.891.6781 (outside North America).

About (ISC)?
The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)2®] is the premier non-profit organization dedicated to certifying information security professionals around the world. Founded in 1989, (ISC)? has certified over 35,000 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 (CISSP?), the Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAPCM) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP?) credentials and related concentrations to those meeting necessary competency requirements. The CISSP?, the Gold Standard in information security certifications, is the first information technology credential to meet the stringent requirements of ANSI under ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)? also offers educational 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)? Global Information Security Workforce Study. More information is available at www.isc2.org

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