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World's Largest Nonprofit Association of Certified Cybersecurity Professionals Surpasses 125,000 Members

(ISC)2 empowers the cyber, IT, infrastructure and software security experts strengthening the cyber defenses of businesses and government agencies worldwide

Clearwater, FL, Aug. 15, 2017 – (ISC)² today announced its membership has surged past 125,000 certified cybersecurity professionals worldwide. As demand for skilled security professionals continues to grow exponentially, (ISC)2 certification and continuing education programs enable cybersecurity and IT security practitioners to prove their expertise, advance their careers and contribute to a more secure society.

“We are extremely proud of reaching the 125,000 membership milestone, but we know there is a lot more work ahead of us,” said (ISC)2 CEO David Shearer, CISSP. “Technology alone cannot solve our security challenges, and we will face a global cybersecurity workforce shortage of 1.8 million people by 2022. Working with our members, government agencies, academic institutions and others around the world, (ISC)2 is committed to attracting, enabling and retraining the security professionals and IT practitioners we need to solve our biggest security challenges.”

Leaders in their Field

"125,000 members is a very large number for a community of dedicated people continuously raising the bar by learning, researching, teaching and sharing their knowledge and skills to make our cyber world safer,” said Emmanuel Nicaise, CISSP, president, (ISC)² Belux Chapter. “Becoming an (ISC)² member is more than passing an exam, it's a commitment to a certain ethic and to a continuous improvement in your field.”

(ISC)2 certifications are globally recognized as proof of proficiency for security professionals, leading to career growth and advancement opportunities. Every day, association members around the world use knowledge gained from (ISC)2 certifications to contribute to all aspects of cyber, information, software, IT and infrastructure security.                                                           

(ISC)2 was the first information security certifying body to meet the requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024 – the leading global benchmark for certifying professionals. The (ISC)2 CISSP, CCSP and SSCP have been accredited against this standard.

“I joined (ISC)2 in 2010 with CISSP certification, and now I can already say it was one of the most important milestones in my career,” said Martin Simka, CISSP, Ph.D., Showmax CEE, secretary, (ISC)2 Poland Chapter. “The organization helps me to follow what's happening in the global security community. On the other hand, thanks to the local chapter meetings, I have monthly opportunities to meet other colleagues from the industry in my region and follow presentations and face to face discussions on various security-related topics. Our local and global community has a significant impact on the continuous personal development of certified IT security professionals.” 

Collaboration and Solutions

“Now more than ever, the cybersecurity community needs to come together and develop new solutions and strategies to help organizations across the globe defend their data in an increasingly dangerous online world,” added Shearer. “That’s exactly what will happen next month at our annual North American Security Congress. We will bring the best and brightest minds in cybersecurity together to explore the issues, threats and other challenges the cybersecurity profession faces, and collaborate on creative, actionable solutions our members can bring back to their office to better secure their data.”

More than 1,500 (ISC)2 members are expected to attend the annual North America Security Congress in Austin, Texas, next month. Attendees will discuss security trends and issues ranging from cloud security, cybercrime, critical infrastructure, emerging threats and incident response to governance, regulation and compliance to professional development.

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About (ISC)²
(ISC)² 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, (ISC)² offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 125,000 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 EducationTM. For more information on (ISC)², visit, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook

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