Espion hosting CISSP course and examination in March 2006

Dublin, Ireland, Monday, 13 February 2006-¦Leading Security Specialist, Espion is to host training in support of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), the world class security certification administered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium [(ISC)?®].

Ireland is now the second in the world for numbers of IT professionals holding this qualification when compared on a per capita basis. There are a total of 113 qualified professionals in Ireland.

“Although many undergraduate and postgraduate computing courses have modules dedicated to security, professionals who have been working in this area for several years may not have specific qualifications that recognise the expertise they have built up in that time. The CISSP addresses this deficit,” says Mary-Christine Nolan, training and development manager with Espion.

Nolan added that the certification benefits both holder and employer. “A qualified CISSP professional, for their part, can command a higher salary as a result of passing the test. From the employer’s point of view, there is rigorous testing of every area of security knowledge by the CISSP professional ,” added Nolan. “If you hire anybody with this qualification, you know you’re getting somebody who knows their stuff.”

CISSP is the only IT or information security credential to be accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under ISO/IEC Standard 17024, it validates the competency of information security professionals and their understanding of key information concepts covered by the 10 domains of (ISC)?’s proprietary CISSP CBK.

Espion will offer local security professionals an intensive week of training, followed by the six-hour CISSP certification exam.

The training course will run in Dublin from March 27 to 31, with the examination taking place on April 22, 2006. The cost for the course is €2595 for early booking. The examination costs €460 based on early booking.

Places are limited, and demand is expected to be high. For more information and booking details please contact Mary Christine Nolan at


About (ISC)?

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)?®] is the premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to certifying information security professionals around the world. Founded in 1989, (ISC)? has certified more than 33,000 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)? issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) 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 products and services based upon (ISC)?’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)? is available at

About Espion

Espion is a leading Irish IT security company with specialist expertise in security engineering and security architecture design. Espion provides leading edge IT security services including, vulnerability assessment and penetration testing for networks & applications, IT infrastructure review and Audit, security policy & procedure review. We also provide a full range of forensic investigation services and Incident Response to security breaches. Espion also provide “Security Education & Awareness Programmes for senior management”, “ethical hacking” courses, and other security related courses tailored to all levels within an organisation.

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