Commitment celebrates remarkable growth of the One Million Certified in Cybersecurity pledge, one year after White House Summit announcement

Alexandria, Va., July 31, 2023 – ISC2 – the world’s largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals – today announced a significant milestone in its One Million Certified in Cybersecurity workforce development pledge. The rapid adoption of the Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) certification, with over 265,000 enrollments and more than 27,000 individuals achieving the entry-level certification in less than 10 months, reflects the growing interest in cybersecurity education and training among individuals seeking to kickstart their careers in the cybersecurity field. This reinforces ISC2's commitment to building a robust and skilled cybersecurity workforce pipeline for the future.

Initially announced by ISC2 CEO Clar Rosso during last year’s Cyber Workforce and Education Summit at the White House, this pledge and new certification reaffirmed ISC2’s commitment to implementing meaningful solutions to decrease the cybersecurity global workforce gap of 3.4 million professionals and attract new individuals from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups into the cybersecurity profession. Research suggests that organizations prioritizing recruitment and training of entry-level personnel, regardless of their technical experience and background, can reap significant benefits and enable new talent to embark on successful cybersecurity careers.

“We are committed to cultivating the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and our ongoing support represents a significant advancement for entry-level professionals and individuals from underrepresented groups,” said Rosso. “Reaching this milestone highlights the importance of creating new and diverse pathways into the profession. And, we’ve only just begun. Within 10 months, ISC2 already has gained tremendous momentum, and we are more committed than ever to bridging the global workforce gap and empowering more professionals to pursue rewarding careers in cybersecurity.”

As part of ISC2’s commitment to help close the workforce gap, ISC2 is working across the industry and globe to help individuals build the specific skills they need to gain a first job, open doors to job opportunities and create inclusive and diverse environments in which new professionals can thrive and experience long rewarding careers.

Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce
As a testament to ISC2's unwavering commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the cybersecurity field, July’s successful inaugural 2023 Global DEI Summit marked a significant milestone in ISC2's ongoing DEI efforts. ISC2 will continue collaborating with its DEI partners and leaders from various sectors to implement meaningful initiatives that break down barriers and foster a more inclusive cyber workforce.

For more information about ISC2 and its commitment to helping individuals demonstrate foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to take on entry- and junior-level cybersecurity roles, enabling employers to build resilient teams across all experience levels, please visit:
About ISC2
ISC2 is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, ISC2 offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, pragmatic approach to security. Our association of candidates, associates and members, more than 365,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and Education™. For more information on ISC2, visit, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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