Today (ISC)² becomes ISC2, with the launch of both our refreshed brand, and our new website. ISC2 CEO Clar Rosso, CC, explains the change and why it’s important for our vision of a safe and secure cyber world.
As our profession grows and evolves, so must we.
Today, the International Information System Security Certification Consortium becomes ISC2. This is more than a logo change. Our brand refresh and new website launch coincide with our organization reaching an important milestone. We have 500,000 members, associates and candidates worldwide who count themselves as part of our community. In a profession where there are more than 4 million unfilled roles globally, this milestone is hugely significant. It also explains why our brand must evolve.
Since our inception in 1989, ISC2’s purpose has been to help cybersecurity professionals achieve professional excellence and career growth. Today, our mission has become more urgent and far-reaching.
While certifications like CISSP will always remain at our core, we see a clear and urgent need to create pathways for more people to enter the profession and develop. This is why we introduced the Certified in Cybersecurity certificate. Closing the workforce gap will require us to attract more people from diverse backgrounds into our profession and help them develop. Our brand therefore needs to become more global and more accessible – everyone needs to see themselves in it. This is why we have evolved the name from a mathematical equation which did not translate well in many countries or respond well to digital environments, into a cleaner and more digestible logo that everyone can understand. Our research tells us that more than half of our current members already call us ISC2.
Our refreshed brand also represents the broader remit that our organization has adopted to represent our membership. One example of this is in our advocacy work – we have been expanding our efforts to be the voice of our membership—and the cybersecurity profession—with governments around the world, making sure their interests are represented and the needs of our membership, and the wider profession, are fed back into legislative and policy-making bodies.
We also want to make sure that societal groups traditionally under-represented in cybersecurity, are encouraged to consider a career in our profession. If we are to close the workforce gap, we need to be more inclusive; we see our role as widening the gate, not lowering barriers. This is why we have launched our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, while increasing the work of the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, our 501(C)(3) charitable nonprofit, to support more people from non-traditional backgrounds entering the profession.
We are also relaunching our website. Again, this is not just to show our new brand design work. We want to make our members, associates and candidates learning journeys easier wherever they are in their career. This involves personalizing experiences and pathways to best support specific learning needs. The new site also will make things easier to find with improved search capabilities, while removing friction by taking away unnecessary steps in the process of finding the right support. As ever, our members’ feedback is critical in the constant cycle of testing and improving.
Further, many things are not changing – like our member-centric approach, our commitment to excellence and our support of a vital profession. ISC2 certifications (CC, CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, CISSP-ISSEP, CISSP-ISSMP, CCSP, CGRC, CSSLP, HCISPP and SSCP) are also not changing.
We want our brand to be about inclusion and accessibility for everyone around the world, while maintaining our commitment to the most rigorous certifications and standards in the profession. We believe we owe this to our members and our profession.
Welcome to ISC2.
- Questions? Come to our community and speak to other cybersecurity professionals.
- Ready to progress? Find out more about ISC2 Candidate.
- Already in cybersecurity? Take a look at our advanced certifications and lifelong learning opportunities.
- Want to get more involved? Find out more about our chapters around the world and volunteering opportunities.