(ISC)2 Certifications Approved For Microsoft Partner Program, Security Solutions Competency

PALM HARBOR, Fla., USA, Nov. 29, 2005 – The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium [(ISC)2®], the non-profit international leader in educating and certifying information security professionals worldwide, today announced that Microsoft Corp. has approved (ISC)2 certifications as part of its Microsoft Partner Program, Security Solutions Competency.

The CISSP® (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) from (ISC)2 can now be used to satisfy the certification requirements of the Microsoft Certified Partner for its Security Management and Infrastructure Security specializations. The SSCP® (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) from (ISC)2 can be used to satisfy certification requirements for the Infrastructure Security specialization.

The Security Solutions Competency was expanded to support a broader set of security partners. The addition of two specializations identify the services business models of security partners in the areas of Security Management and Infrastructure Security. As part of the larger Microsoft Partner Program, the competency allows Microsoft solutions partners that have proven their proficiency to provide security solutions that help protect customers’ information assets.

“This initiative between Microsoft and the global leader in information security education and certification validates the importance of professionalizing the information security workforce to ensure the integrity of the global IT infrastructure,” said Rolf Moulton, president and CEO (interim) of (ISC)2.

“Increasingly, organizations worldwide are recognizing that infrastructure cannot be secured through technology solutions alone,” Moulton said. “Educated and knowledgeable security professionals are vital to protecting any organization’s information assets.”

“Over the past year we have listened to and learned from our security partners and customers to understand how to better evolve. With the help of (ISC)2 information security certifications, we’ve expanded our Security Solutions Competency to better provide our customers with a dynamic Security Partner ecosystem of highly skilled and trusted advisers that understand their security needs and are able to secure their technology investments,” said Thomas Dawkins, group product manager, responsible for Microsoft’s security partner strategy. “Security partners with industry certifications such as CISSP and SSCP provide a confidence to the market and a more secure computing environment for customers.”

The CISSP was the first ANSI-accredited information security credential under ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. The CISSP certification requires information security professionals to be knowledgeable in a broad range of security issues, based upon the (ISC)2 CISSP CBK®, a compendium of industry best practices.

The SSCP credential demonstrates the competency of information security practitioners’ knowledge of the seven domains of the (ISC)2 SSCP CBK.

The (ISC)? certifications are part of Microsoft’s enhancements to the Security Solutions Competency that support a broader range of security services partners and different business models that are expanding in the industry. For more information on the Security Solutions Competency, visit https://partner.microsoft.com/global/competency/securitysolutions/40017158.

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 40,000 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?), 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 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)? Global Information Security Workforce Study. More information about (ISC)2 is available at www.isc2.org.

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