(ISC)2 Launches Free Resource Guide for Security Professionals around the world

London, UK – Feb. 21, 2006 – The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium [(ISC)2], the non-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, has launched a free, 122 page resource guide for security professionals: 2006 Resource Guide for Today’s Information Security Professional, Global Edition.

The guide is a compilation of information security-focused educational institutions and organisations, professional associations, conferences and trade shows, online resources, publications and more for professionals working in government and private industry in the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific regions, as well as North, Central and South America.

Originally published in 2004 for the U.S. government sector, the Resource Guide was expanded in 2005 to include both public and private sector listings throughout the Americas. Due to the overwhelming demand, (ISC)2 increased distribution of the Resource Guide and added global content to include industry information from 50 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Russia, the United States, Germany, China, Japan and Singapore.

“Now that it includes listings from every major continent, the 2006 Resource Guide is the industry’s first comprehensive global almanac, providing professionals with one-stop access to educational and peer networking opportunities and other career-enhancing resources,” said Rolf Moulton CISSP-ISSMP, interim president and chief executive officer of (ISC)2. “It is a “must-have’ publication for information security professionals around the world.”

Last year, (ISC)2 distributed tens of thousands of free hard copies of the Americas’ Guide at major trade shows and conferences throughout the year, as well as hundreds of thousands of electronic copies via download through industry e-newsletters. Meanwhile, additional copies have been obtained throughout the year online beyond what was originally distributed. In Q4 of 2005, over 20,000 copies of the Guide were downloaded directly from the (ISC)2 Website.

“(ISC)2 is one of the key independent reference points in the information security industry, which is why Microsoft’s Security Partner Competency supports their certifications. This Guide is another example of (ISC)2 leveraging their position and knowledge base to provide great value to the industry as a whole,” said Thomas Dawkins, group product manager, Security, Access and Solutions Division, Microsoft Corporation.

The 2006 Resource Guide, co-sponsored by major industry players such as Microsoft, CompTIA, SAIC and Learning Tree, will again be made freely available to attendees at this year’s top security events, including RSA’s International Conferences, CSI, Infosecurity events around the globe, MISTI, GOVSEC and more. Links to the electronic guide will be available via a variety of sources, including TechTarget e-security newsletters, the (ISC)2 Website and numerous international security organisation Websites.

For more information on or to download the 2006 Resource Guide, please visit www.isc2.org/resourceguide.

About (ISC)?
The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)2] is the internationally recognised Gold Standard for educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers. 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 inVienna, Virginia, USA, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, (ISC)2 issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and related concentrations for information security professionals and managers, Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP) for information assurance workers, and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credentials to those meeting necessary competency requirements. The CISSP and SSCP are among the first information technology credentials 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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