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(ISC)² is regularly featured in publications around the world. Below is a partial list of articles and publications about (ISC)² and its certification programs.

(ISC)² does not guarantee that all links are current and operative, as these articles are time-dated.

2015 Media Highlights


Pediatric cancer(ISC)² Joins Fight Against Cancer

(ISC)² CEO David Shearer with his wife Mia and Jim Bassil, co-chairman of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, at the Brinner of Hope Pediatric Cancer Foundation Event ( in Tampa, Florida.  Mr. Shearer says:  “Cancer in all of its forms is an insidious disease that does not discriminate.  As an international company, (ISC)² and our extended families have unfortunately seen far too much cancer with far too many wonderful people taken before their time.  We are proud to support the Brinner of Hope Pediatric Cancer Foundation that strives to make advances to save children who are touched by this terrible disease at such early stages in their lives.  There’s so much to do, and time is of the essence.  We encourage others to do and give what you can in the fight against cancer.”


Globe Business PeopleNew (ISC)² Women in Security Report Highlights Lack of Gender Diversity

Despite the growing threats and workforce gap, women remain underrepresented in information security. (ISC)² Director of Business Development for Americas Elise Yacobellis talks about the need to bring more women into the field in Reuters.

Read article in Reuters
Read more about this report  


AMISLA WinnersCongratulations to the 2015 Americas ISLA Recipients

On September 30, the recipients of the fifth annual (ISC)² Americas Information Security Leadership Awards (ISLA) were honored on stage at the National City Grove of Anaheim in California.

See the list of recipients



cyber attacks aheadCyber Threats Largest and Most Likely Threats to Our Way of Life

In the wake of the U.S. Department of Energy's cyberattacks, (ISC)² Director of Product Development and Portfolio Management Philip Casesa says despite military advances of the last 30 years, cyber threats are most concerning.

Read more in Security Week  


podium povTake a Look Inside (ISC)² Security Congress 2015

(ISC)²s largest event of the year was a resounding success! More than 70 sessions, Town Hall Meeting, Member Celebration, and more.

• Learn more about (ISC)² Security Congress  


cloud securityThe Cloud Industry Grows Along with Concern Over Security

The latest Computerworld UK column by (ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Dr. Adrian Davis shares his recommendations on what the industry can do about security concerns in the cloud.

Read more in Computerworld UK


Hong Kong(ISC)² APAC's Chuan-Wei Hoo Shares Security Essentials for Business Operations

In the Expert Corner of Hong Kong's Cyber Security Information Portal, Chuan-Wei provides eight security essentials that everyone in business operations should observe.

• Read his recommendations


cybersecurity man 2Latest Excellus Attack Reinforces the Importance of Scrutinizing Systems

The latest attack on health insurer Excellus reinforces the importance of scrutinizing systems. (ISC)² Director of Product Development and Portfolio Management Philip Casesa comments on the latest health insurer breach, stating that any organization holding sensitive personal information is a potential target.

Read more in the GovInfoSecurity article


David Shearer CyberSecureGov 2015(ISC)² CEO Gives Keynote at One of Asia's Largest Security Conferences

During his keynote address at Korea's Information Security Conference, (ISC)² CEO David Shearer encourages integrity first, rather than technology.

• Read more about his speech (in Korean)


healthcare security doctor woman What are Some of Health IT's Most Pressing Issues?

(ISC)² Director of Education and Training & HCISPP Dr. Rae Hayward shares the security concerns of global healthcare IT professionals, based on data from our 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study.

Read more in the Electronic Health Reporter



Globe Business PeopleA Look at the (ISC)² Portfolio of Certifications

In a video interview with Search Security, (ISC)² CEO David Shearer takes a look at the portfolio of (ISC)² certifications, including the new Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) in partnership with the Cloud Security Alliance.

• Watch the video


scholarshipsOfficial (ISC)² CISSP Training Course Eligible for College Credit Worldwide

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated and recommended college credit for the Official (ISC)² CISSP CBK Training Seminar.

Find out more


Security CollaborationDo You Think Security is Always a Functional Requirement of Change?

In his latest Security Think Tank article in Computer Weekly UK, (ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Dr. Adrian Davis asks how various teams within an organisation can collaborate to ensure security.

• Read more


cloud data(ISC)² CCSP Ranked in 2015 Top Cloud Certs List

Cloud Computing Intelligence Magazine named the (ISC)² Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification #2 on the list of Top 5 Cloud Certifications for 2015.

See the list


David Shearer CyberSecureGov 2015(ISC)² CEO Advocates for a Holistic Approach to Your Cybersecurity Program

David Shearer (ISC)² CEO recommends that nonprofits employ a holistic approach that continually accounts for financial, human and physical resources, outreach/oversight and politics/standards.

• Read more in the NonProfit Pro article  


cloud dataSecurity in the Cloud Starts with Employees

In Germany’s Cloud Computing Insider, (ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Dr. Adrian Davis explains how the movement towards the cloud raises the need for security specialists.

• Read the article (in German)  


millenials cybersecurity(ISC)²’s Approach to Getting Millenials into Cybersecurity Careers

One of the key takeaways from the 2015 (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study is the gap in the cybersecurity workforce. Hear how our organization aims to attract millennials to the workforce.

Watch the video interview with David Shearer



GAP teacher studentsCybersecurity to Become Core Component of UK Computing Degrees

(ISC)² and the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing in the UK have developed course guidelines that will be embedded into UK Computer Science and IT-related degrees.

• Read more in the Times Higher Education


cloud dataLooking for a Security Checklist for SCADA Systems in the Cloud?

Before moving SCADA applications to the cloud, consider this checklist developed by the (ISC)² US Government Advisory Council Executive Writers Bureau.

• Read the article in Government Computer News  


cybersecurity man 2Germany’s New IT Security Law is Only the First Step

(ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Dr. Adrian Davis shares his views on the new German IT security law. He believes this is only the first step towards a more secure world.

Read the article in Funkschau  


CISSE Award 2015(ISC)² Recipient of CISSE Business Leadership Award

Now in its 20th year, the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) supports cybersecurity educators, researchers and practitioners in their efforts to improve curricula and foster discussion of current and emerging trends. (ISC)² has been named a 2015 recipient of the CISSE Business Leadership Award - Information Assurance Education for Exceptional Leadership for “being a long-time advocate for information assurance/cybersecurity education and training; and for providing robust and authenticated cyber workforce certification, in addition to consistent and reliable research for improving the global state of cybersecurity and assurance that the workforce is ready to defend critical cyber space.”



David Shearer CyberSecureGov 2015(ISC)² CEO David Shearer Says InfoSec Must Invest in the Future

David is passionate about encouraging more young people into the cybersecurity profession and the need to invest in the future.

• More thoughts from David on the talent shortage in CIO Insight and Search Security


cyber security awareness monthTalent Crunch Spurs Demand for Cybersecurity Experts

(ISC)² APAC's Clayton Jones and Chuan-wei Hoo talk about the information security talent crunch, including highlights from our recent workforce study.

• Read the article in International Finance Magazine



SC Awards Winner Europe 2015CISSP Wins ‘Best Professional Training/Certification Programme’ at SC Awards Europe

The (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification just won its second award this year! In the inaugural year for the SC Award Europe’s 'Best Professional Training/Certification Programme' Award, CISSP was selected.

• See the other winners  


David Shearer CyberSecureGov 2015(ISC)² Executive Director David Shearer Featured on Down the Security Rabbithole Podcast

In a podcast interview for Down the Security Rabbithole, David Shearer talks about the findings of the (ISC)² 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study.

Listen to the podcast


Cloud ComputingNew (ISC)² and CSA Cloud Security Credential Applauded by GovCloud Network CEO

CEO of GovCloud Network Kevin Jackson said the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification by (ISC)² and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has set a new benchmark for cloud security knowledge and competence.

Read more in his Dell Power More Blog
Learn more about the CCSP



CCSP square(ISC)² and Cloud Security Alliance Introduce New Cloud Security Certification

The Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSPSM) represents the advanced skills required to secure the cloud, while establishing an international standard for professional-level knowledge in the design, implementation and management of cloud environments.

• Read more in the news release or FAQs page  


Globe Business PeopleThe 2014 Annual Report is Now Available

2014 marked the 25th anniversary of our organization, with over 100,000 members worldwide. The 2014 (ISC)² Annual Report highlights our history, professionalizing the workforce, member benefits, and more.

Read the 2014 Annual Report


CISSP SC Magazine Award Winner 2015 smallCISSP Wins SC Magazine Award US for Second Year in a Row

For the second year in a row, SC Magazine has named the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification "Best Professional Certification Program" for the SC Awards US.

Read the news release 



hacker passwordWhat Should Victims of the Premera Blue Cross Breach Do?

See what advice (ISC)² Director of IT/Service Operations Philip Casesa recommends for customers affected by the Premera Blue Cross breach.

• Read his advice in the Health IT Security article  


CISSP Logo SquareCISSP is a Finalist for SC Awards Europe

SC Magazine UK has named our CISSP certification as a finalist for the 2015 SC Awards Europe for Best Professional Training or Certification Programme.

See who else made the list


Globe Business PeopleFinancial Technology Jobs on the Rise

Singapore-based (ISC)² Application Security Advisory Council Vice Chair Anthony Lim talks about areas of automation in the banking sector.

Read the article in Bloomberg



(ISC)² Contributes to UK Government Framework

The UK government’s National Cyber Security Programme includes a new framework on how cybersecurity concepts can be developed into undergraduate computer science and IT degrees. The contributions from (ISC)2 experts to this framework are noted.

• Read more about the framework  


cyber security awareness(ISC)² Director of IT/Service Operations Weighs Pros and Cons of Geofencing

In this CSO article, Philip Casesa (ISC)² Director of IT/Service Operations says that Geofencing has a number of hurdles to overcome. Privacy is one of the main concerns.

See what else he had to say


cybersecurity man 2

What are the Best Sources of Actionable Threat Intelligence?

The latest (ISC)² U.S. Government Advisory Council Executive Writers Bureau article examines the best sources of actionable threat intelligence in Government Computer News.

Read the article



white houseDan Waddell Comments on White House Cybersecurity Information Sharing Initiative

(ISC)² Director of Government Affairs Dan Waddell says it’s a positive sign that we’re having cybersecurity discussions at the highest levels of public and private sectors in the U.S. as well as academia.

• See what else he had to say in Security Week  


safer internet daySafe and Secure Online Volunteers Celebrate Safer Internet Day

See the incredible progress that (ISC)² Foundation Safe and Secure Online volunteers in the U.K. have made in The Telegraph article celebrating Safer Internet Day.

Read more about what children are doing online


Globe Business PeopleSony’s Employee Lawsuit Groundbreaking for Data Breaches

See what advice (ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Dr. Adrian Davis provides for organizations and business people to better defend their employees and themselves in this Computer Weekly UK article.

Read the article


ISC2 Executives Speak(ISC)² Directors Comment on Anthem Breach

Director of IT/Service Operations Philip Casesa and Director of Global Development Elise Yacobellis share their advice for victims of the latest breach – health insurer Anthem.

• Read the Help Net Security article


cissp at deskCISSP Recommended for IT Pros on the Management Track

Tom's IT Pro recommends the CISSP for IT professionals on the management track. It's noted as a more advanced-level, technical certification.

Read the article


congress awards clapping(ISC)² Secure Event Debuts in Berlin

On February 12, (ISC)² will host the inaugural SecureBerlin event – a one-day conference discussing the management of risks for information security in an ever-changing threat landscape

View the agenda

safer internet day(ISC)² Celebrates Safer Internet Day Today

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an awareness initiative organized by Insafe and co-funded by the European Union in February each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children across the world. Now in its 11th year, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

• Watch (ISC)²’s Dan Waddell talk about SID on TV  


David Shearer headshot(ISC)² Executive Director's Call to Arms for Cybersecurity

In an interview with Govloop’s Chris Dorobek, David discusses the need to end hacks, (ISC)²’s commitment to global cybersecurity education and more.

Read the article


cissp at deskCISSP Made the List of Top IT Certifications to Target in 2015

Our CISSP credential was included in Cloud Computing Intelligence Magazine’s list of the most popular IT certifications in 2014.

See the List



SC Magazine Finalist 2015(ISC)² Programs & Credentials Selected as Finalists for SC Magazine Awards

The 2015 SC Awards U.S. honor the achievements of companies and information security professionals striving to safeguard businesses, their customers and critical data.  (ISC)² has been recognized for:

Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program: Global Academic Program (GAP)
Best IT Security-Related Training Program: (ISC)² Education/Training Program
Best Professional Certification Program: CISSP
• Best Professional Certification Program: CSSLP 

Winners will be announced on April 21.


David Shearer headshotIncoming Executive Director David Shearer Shares His Vision for (ISC)²

In his first media interview as incoming executive director, David Shearer talked about his vision to expand our reach through global partnerships, provide tangible value for (ISC)² members and to strive for operational excellence.

Hear David’s audio interview in CareersInfoSecurity


NCSAMTake a Sneak Peek at the NEW (ISC)² Learning Center

Through the (ISC)² Learning Center, industry professionals can purchase any of our training, Web-based content and other educational products on this new portal. More features will be added in 2015.

Check it out here

2015 Board Election LogoCongratulations to the Newly Elected Members of the (ISC)² Board of Directors

The following individuals will begin their voluntary service on (ISC)²’s Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2015:

Flemming Faber, CISSP (Denmark)
Steven Hernandez, CISSP, CAP, CSSLP, HCISPP, SSCP (U.S.A.)
Dr. Meng-Chow Kang, CISSP (Singapore)
Allison Miller, CISSP (U.S.A.)


2014 Media Highlights


David Shearer

COO David Shearer Selected as New (ISC)² Executive Director

Current (ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2014. Chief Operating Officer David Shearer has been selected for the role following Hord’s retirement and will assume all roles and responsibilities beginning January 1, 2015.

• Read more in Hord’s blog  


cybersecurity man 2Why Do We Struggle to Fill Information Security Roles?

(ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton talks to Tom Field of ISMG about the global security staffing shortage.

• Listen to the podcast in this BankInfoSecurity article



GAP teacher studentsHord Tipton Says Cybersecurity Students Should be in the Trenches Immediately

(ISC)²'s Executive Director spoke to CareersInfoSecurity about what it takes to attract millennials into this industry. He says hands-on opportunities and using what students can relate to are key.

Read the story


Globe Business People(ISC)² Global Research Program to Track Cybersecurity Skills Gap & Landscape Now Open

The 2015 (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study survey is open currently through mid-December for practicing global cybersecurity professionals. The study covers pay scales, skills and training requirements, budgets, and more.

Read more in our blog


cyber attacks aheadNumber of Industries Getting Classified Cyberthreat Tips from DHS has Doubled Since July

During an interview with Nextgov, (ISC)² Director of Government Affairs Dan Waddell talks about DHS' progress on the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services initiative.

• Read the article



cybersecurity man 2Shellshock will be a Test of Business Resolve to Prioritize Security

(ISC)² EMEA Managing Head John Colley talks to SC Magazine UK about the data breaches making headlines today being traced to old or known vulnerabilities.

Read the story


Wim Remes

Wim Remes Shares Insights into his Role as (ISC)² Board Chair

At (ISC)² Security Congress 2014 in Atlanta, Wim spoke to Eleanor Dallaway of Infosecurity Magazine UK about his role, challenges for the membership, chapters, and more.

Read the interview


hord  speaking podium(ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton Keynotes ISEC 2014 in Korea

Boan News Korea chatted with Hord Tipton when he visited Seoul, Korea last month to keynote one of the largest regional security conferences in Asia.

• Read the story


Follow the Action at (ISC)² Security Congress 2014

Check out photos from the world's largest security conference of its kind updated throughout the week.

Also keep up with the latest happenings by following #ISC2Congress on Twitter!

• More Information


awardsThis Year's AMISLA Award Winners

Each year (ISC)² honors some of the industry's brightest stars with the Americas Information Security Leadership Awards (AMISLA).

See this year's winners


SSO classroomSecurity is Missing from the UK's New School Computing Curriculum

(ISC)² EMEA’s Dr. Adrian Davis encourages educators to take advantage of free resources like the (ISC)² Foundation’s Safe and Secure Online program to help teach technology security to students.

• Read the article



hacker(ISC)² Director of IT Comments on the JP Morgan Chase Breach

Philip Casesa, Director of IT/Service Operations at (ISC)², talks about how cyberattacks can manipulate world politics by shifting the economic balance of power.

His comments were included in Security Week,  Healthcareinfosecurity, Govinfosecurity, and Tech Zone 360  


password changeResetting Passwords Can Help to Outfox Cybercriminals

(ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Dr. Adrian Davis gives advice on passwords to the London Evening Standard.

Read the article


hacker passwordHow Do Employees Cause Unintended Threats to their Organizations?

(ISC)² Application Security Advisory Council Vice-Chair Anthony Lim talks to Networks Asia about combating the internal threat.

• Read the article



programmerCSSLP Makes List of 2014's Hottest IT Certifications  

According to Info World, the (ISC)² Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) has had a pay premium increase of 40% and is 2nd place in highest paying IT certifications.

• Read more

Also, (ISC)² recently launched the Application Security Advisory Council


Jennifer Minella

(ISC)² Board and Council Members Make Top 10 Women in IT Security List

Congratulations to (ISC)² Board member Jennifer Minella and (ISC)² Application Security Advisory Council member Katie Moussouris for making SC Magazine's 10 Women in IT Security Power Players list.

See who else made the list


hacker password

The Correlation between Hackers and Poorly Trained IT Workers

In a recent article published in The Telegraph,  (ISC)² EMEA's Dr. Adrian Davis talks about the need to embed information security into the core curriculum of computing courses.

• Read the article


cyber attacks ahead

Goodwill Breach Seems to be Part of a New Fad

(ISC)² Director of IT/Service Operations Philip Casesa noted that hackers are picking on companies with high volume transactions where security is an afterthought. Could it be a new fad in hacking?

• Read the article


GAP teacher students(ISC)² Cites the Need for More Cybersecurity Pros in Baseline Magazine

(ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton talks about the organization's goal to help IT professionals address growing complexities, including details about our Global Academic Program.

Read the article 


cybersecurity man 2

Resilience is Both a Technical and Business Responsibility

Read the latest Computer Weekly UK column from (ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Dr. Adrian Davis, where he discusses a topic that was highlighted at the (ISC)² SecureLiverpool event.

• Read the article



congress awards clappingNominations Open for (ISC)² Americas Information Security Leadership Awards (ISLATM)

Nominations will be accepted through July 25 for the fourth annual (ISC)² Americas ISLA program. The program recognizes information security workforce improvements, projects, and initiatives throughout the private and public sectors in Central, North, and South America, with the exception of U.S. federal government

• Read the press release


julie podium

(ISC)² Foundation Director Julie Peeler Featured in Bloomberg Article on Women in Cybersecurity

A recent Bloomberg article, "Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club," featured Julie's comments on the growth of women in leadership positions in security.

Read the article



(ISC)² EMEA's John Colley Tells The Guardian How Online Hackers Use Social Media

In this article, Colley explains how scammers use social media to create more effective, personalized scams.

• Read the article


hord  speaking podium

Hord Tipton Tells CSO Why Security Analysts are Most in Demand

In a CSO Online article on today's top skill sets in security, (ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton explains the skills security analysts possess and why they're in demand.

Read the article


cyber attacks ahead

(ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Comments on Evernote Attack

In a recent Forbes article about Evernote's major DDoS attack, Dr. Adrian Davis comments on how established, long known of attacks are becoming more common.

Read the article


dave lewis town hall

Board Members Jennifer Minella and Dave Lewis Make List of 87 Security Experts to Follow on Twitter

The Security Innovation Europe Blog put together a list of security experts that you need to be following on Twitter, which included two members of the (ISC)² Board of Directors.

• See who else made the list



hacker(ISC)² Director of IT/Service Operations Comments on P.F. Chang's Breach

Philip Casesa told eWeek that P.F. Chang's security compromise follows the same approach attackers used in the Target breach, targeted point-of-sale (POS) machines.

See what else he said in the article  


scholarshipsIs Academia the U.S. Government's Biggest Cybersecurity Ally? 

(ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton emphasizes the need for an academic-government alliance to solve the government's cyber challenges in his latest Information Week Government column.

Read Hord's latest column


point and click

(ISC)² EMEA's John Colley Warns about 'Point-and-Click' Hackers 

John Colley spoke to The Telegraph, warning that criminals can use 'point-and-click' software to hack into computers. He says many target vulnerabilities are up to 20 years old.

• Read the article


online shopping cart(ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Discusses the eBay Security Breach

In his latest Infosecurity Voice blog in Computerworld UK, Dr. Adrian Davis talks about the far reaching consequences of the eBay breach.

Read the blog


Dan Waddell

New (ISC)² Director of U.S. Government Affairs, Dan Waddell, Live on Federal News Radio

Listen to Dan's live radio interview with Federal News Radio, where he discusses his new role at (ISC)² and the status of the U.S. government's cybersecurity workforce challenges.

Listen to the interview


capitol building

For HSPD-12, is the U.S. government's glass half full or half empty?

The latest (ISC)² U.S. Government Advisory Board Executive Writers Bureau article has been published in GCN.

• Read the article



cyber security awareness monthCompTIA's CIO Lists CISSP Amongst Security Certs That Many Employers Require or Prefer

In a recent Fierce CIO article, CompTIA CIO Randy Gross outlines the background, skills, and certifications that an information security architect is recommended to possess.

Read the article  


cybersecurity recruitment

(ISC)² EMEA's John Colley Explains how UK Cops have Tried to Fix Cybersecurity Recruitment Problems

In an interview with Infosecurity Magazine UK, Colley provides insight into UK law enforcement recruitment practices around cybersecurity.

• Read the article


Globe Business People

2013 U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship Recipient Shares Journey from Linguist to Cyber Warrior

(ISC)² Foundation/Booz Allen Hamilton Scholarship recipient Bryan Johnson shares his career transition experience with Nextgov and how the scholarship helped him along his journey.

• Read the article


team cybersecurity(ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Says Secure Collaboration Isn't Just About Technology

In Dr. Davis' latest Computer Weekly UK column, he talks about a cross-functional team approach to building a successful and secure collaborative environment.

Read the article


julie podium

Foundation Director Julie Peeler Talks to Federal News Radio About Cyber Warrior Scholarships

Julie talked to Federal Drive host Emily Kopp about the ways that the (ISC)² Foundation U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarships, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, are helping veterans transition into a new cybersecurity career.

• Listen to the interview


cloud data

Cloud Providers Must Share Discovered Vulnerabilities

The latest (ISC)² U.S. Government Advisory Board Executive Writers Bureau article published in Information Week Government says that government agencies must band together to share vulnerability information amongst their cloud service providers.

• Read the article


Hord Speaking 2(ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton Shares his Recommendations for Target's CISO

Hord's latest "Target Needs a CISO - Interested?" blog focuses on making sure to ask the right questions during the interview and other advice.

Read the article


podium pov(ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Dr. Adrian Davis Shares his View of the IT Security Landscape

SC Magazine UK spoke to Adrian at the Infosecurity Europe event about the IT security industry and his new role at (ISC)².

• Read the article



CISSP is #1 on List of Top IT Security Certifications 2014

Careers & Education put together a list of the 10 top paying IT Security certifications for 2014 and the CISSP got the top spot.

• Read the article



GAP teacher students(ISC)² Introduces Global Academic Program to Develop Cybersecurity Education

Global universities now have access to the largest, most current compendium of information and software security topics.

Read more in the Computer World UK article



(ISC)² Launches Cyber Forensics Credential in Europe

Registration is now open for the (ISC)² Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP-EU), with the first exam available on April 30, 2014. The German translation of the exam will be available on June 15, 2014.

• Read the article


hord podium right

Hord Tipton Gives Advice on Luring the Elusive Cybersecurity Pro

Information Week Government recently featured an article written by (ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton explaining why it's important for hiring managers to understand industry certs and match positions with candidates' skills.

• Read the article


hord  speaking podium(ISC)² Executives Comment on 'Heartbleed' Bug

(ISC)² Chief Operating Officer David Shearer, CISSP, focuses on the need for secure software in both open-source and proprietary software environments and (ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton provides recommendations for CSOs.

• Read the stories in PC World, eWeek, and CIO  


dave lewis town hall

(ISC)² Board Chair Wim Remes and Secretary Dave Lewis Share Opinions on the CISO Position

In part two of an interview with IT Security Guru, Dave says he would love to see the position no longer needed in the future, with security entrenched into every position in an organization.

• Read the article


cissp at deskCISSP Sets Professionals Apart in the IT Security Field says the IT security field is hot with no signs of cooling. In the article, certifications are recommended as a way for professionals to set themselves apart, and the CISSP made the list.

• Read the article


healthcare security doctor woman

HCISPP and CISO Sean Murphy says Healthcare IT Security Requires Specialized Knowledge and Competency

In a podcast interview with Healthcare Info Security, expert Sean Murphy stresses the importance of professional credentials - the HCISPP in particular- when measuring healthcare information security competency.

• Read the article


dave lewis town hall

(ISC)² Board of Directors Insight: Chair Wim Remes and Secretary Dave Lewis talk about New Roles

Wim Remes and Dave Lewis spoke to Editor Dan Raywood of IT Security Guru about their new roles as officers on the 2014 (ISC)² Board of Directors and how they're influencing the organization.

• Read the article


john colley cover of sc magazine

(ISC)² EMEA's John Colley on Cover of SC Magazine UK

In John Colley's SC Magazine UK cover story "Surety Business," he says that the UK is making strides toward being the safest place to do business online, but that aim is threatened by the shortage of cybersecurity skills.

• Read the article


risk clouds

Better Late than Never: 5 Steps to Mitigating XP Risks

The (ISC)² U.S. Government Advisory Board Executive Writers Bureau has published a new article in Government Computer News on the impending end-of-life date for Windows XP. See how government agencies are reacting.

• Read the article



hord congress 2013(ISC)² is 25 This Year: So What's Ahead for the Organization?  

Listen to (ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton's podcast in Careers Info Security to hear about how the organization has changed over the past 25 years and what's ahead. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of (ISC)², Hord also reflects on how the information security industry has evolved.

Hear the podcast or read the article


hospitalHCISPP Steve Person Talks to Health IT Security About Choosing IT Security Products for Hospitals  

While compliance is a baseline minimum, Steve encourages his staff at North Valley Hospital to treat patient data as though it was their own. He explains that choosing the right IT security products is complicated due to the expanding product marketplace, and has a mixed environment like most organizations - hosted, cloud-based, and on-premises solutions.

Read more of Steve's recommendations


women infosecurityWhy is the Information Security Industry Struggling to Attract Women?  

(ISC)² Foundation Director Julie Peeler's comments on the struggle to attract more women into the information security industry are featured in the CIO article "Info Sec Industry Still Struggles to Attract Women." Julie says doubling the current percentage of women in the workforce would actually fill the current gap in this industry's workforce as a whole.

Read the article


doctor tablet hcisppHCISPPs are CISSPs with Skillsets Built for Healthcare Security

According to a recent report from Burning Glass Technologies, the CISSP is the most in-demand requirement for cybersecurity jobs, especially in federal positions. So how does the demand for CISSPs affect healthcare? For healthcare, HCISPPs are available to meet provider-specific needs.

Read more in the Health IT Security article


cyber security awareness month(ISC)² EMEA's Dr. Adrian Davis Says Security can Add Value by Being More Focused on Business

At the CW500 security event titled "The Next Threat Landscape: What to Expect," Dr. Davis spoke about how CISOs need to think beyond the threats and look at their role as part of the business and consider the threat of opportunity. He mentioned that CISOs must prove to the business that they add value and not just protect it, otherwise, they will struggle to get the budget they want.

• Read the full article in Computer Weekly


eugene spaffordCall for Nominations for (ISC)² U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA) Now Open

Nominate an individual or team for an outstanding project or initiative for the 11th annual (ISC)² GISLA program in the one of the following categories by April 11, 2014: Workforce Improvement, Process/Policy Improvement, Technology Improvement, Community Awareness Federal Contractor, Federal Contractor

Nominate a person or team today 


passport laptopHow to Keep Your Data Secure While Traveling Abroad  

Executive Writers Bureau (EWB) member Edward Yacabovicz, CISSP, gives advice on keeping your data secure while traveling abroad. Ed outlines a checklist with 24 steps to keep in mind to protect your personal and corporate data, as well as your individual privacy.

• Read the article in Security Magazine


adrian davis(1)New (ISC)² EMEA Managing Director Dr. Adrian Davis Publishes Article in Computer Weekly UK 

After last week's appointment of new EMEA MD Dr. Davis, he has published an opinion article in Computer Weekly UK's security think tank titled, "Enterprise adoption of context-based security slow".

• Read the article


big data56% of Cyber Jobs in Contracting Industry Require CISSP

The Washington Post published an analysis by Burning Glass Technologies that demonstrates demand for cybersecurity workers in the Washington, D.C. area. The Burning Glass analysis found that 56 percent of cyber jobs in the contracting industry require the CISSP.

Read the article


hord rsa award(ISC)² CISSP Named Best Professional Certification Program

Recognized for the fifth time as "Best Professional Certification Program", the (ISC)² CISSP certification continues its reputation as the gold standard for the information security industry. (ISC)² is honored to be recognized by SC Magazine for its efforts to build a stronger security workforce.

• Read the press release


career paying off with it certification(ISC)²'s CSSLP, ISSAP, ISSEP listed in Top 20 Tech Certs that are Paying Off

Foote Partners released its latest estimate of pay and premium rates for a range of IT skills, which found that IT professionals with certs continue to see a competitive edge for compensation. Out of the top 20 certs that Foote predicts will increase in value the first half  of 2014, CSSLP is #1, ISSEP #8, and ISSAP #9.

Read the article at ZDNet


conference session5 Reasons Security Certifications Matter

The (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study is featured in the InformationWeek article "5 Reasons Security Certification Matters." The study finds sizable increases in the salaries of certified information security professionals when compared to those of their uncertified colleagues.

Read the article at InformationWeek



scmagazine awards 2014 winner cissp(ISC)² CISSP Named Best Professional Certification Program for 2014 SC Magazine Awards

Recognized for the fifth time as "Best Professional Certification Program", the (ISC)² CISSP certification continues its reputation as the gold standard for the information security industry. (ISC)² is honored to be recognized by SC Magazine for its efforts to build a stronger security workforce.

• Read the press release


man at desk(1)(ISC)²’s Dr. Rae Hayward Publishes White Paper on Cultivating the Global Workforce Landscape 

(ISC)² senior manager of Product Development, Dr. Rae Hayward, has published a white paper, "Certification and Education: Cultivating the Global Workforce Landscape". The paper explores the current state of affairs for the information security workforce, mechanisms for success, and a look into the future. This week at the RSA 2014 Conference, Dr. Hayward and other members of the (ISC)² management team will discuss the paper during a panel session.

Download the white paper


F Lynn McNultyF. Lynn McNulty, (ISC)² Fellow and Former Colleague, Recognized with RSA Lifetime Achievement Award

F. Lynn McNulty, CISSP, who passed away in June 2012 has been recognized with the one of the highest honors in the world of cybersecurity – The RSA Lifetime Achievement Award. McNulty was considered the pioneer of government information security, having served in a number of critical and high-profile capacities, including as associate director for computer security at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as the first information systems security director at the U.S. State Department and as director of government affairs for RSA.

• Read the press release


Globe Business PeopleSolving the Security Workforce Shortage 

Foundation Director Julie Peeler is quoted in a new Dark Reading article about the information security industry's skills shortage. The article also features the findings of the latest (ISC)² Foundation report on the skills gap. The report finds employers interested in expanding their security staff can't find people to fill the positions. Peeler speaks of the need to expand awareness of the profession to non-techies, women, and students at every level. 

Read the article in Dark Reading
• Download (ISC)² Foundation Skills Gap report 
Learn more about (ISC)² Foundation research


csslp eLearning Security CompassSecurity Compass Offers eLearning Course for (ISC)² CSSLP® Certification

(ISC)² and Security Compass have combined their expertise to deliver (ISC)²'s CSSLP curriculum through a convenient eLearning platform. This modern, accessible training option is patterned after the instructor-led experience, but allows candidates the freedom to learn at their own pace.

Learn more/Get the course
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cybersecurity man 2New (ISC)² GISWS Subreport Reveals Diverse Skill Sets are Essential for InfoSec Pros

According to a new (ISC)² Foundation report, "Critical Times Demand Critical Skills: An analysis of the skills gap in information security," communication skills are the most important factor contributing to the success of an information security professional. The report also analyzes the skills gap by region, industry vertical, and company size to define the specific challenges that contribute to this gap.

Download the report 
Learn more about (ISC)² Foundation research


risk cloudsSecurity's Biggest Challenge is the Unknown

John Colley, Managing Director of (ISC)² EMEA, writes of the need for training more and better cybersecurity professionals to deal with the increased complexity and variety of security attacks/breaches. The biggest risk for the information security profession? The "unknown."

Read the blog in ComputerWorldUK


white house(ISC)² Applauds NIST Efforts to Develop Framework for Improving Security

Efforts to develop a Cybersecurity Framework were called for under Executive Order 13636, "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity," as a means of providing guidance to organizations responsible for managing cyber risks in a critical infrastructure environment. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has proposed an approach to managing cybersecurity risk that reemphasizes the growing need for businesses to demand qualified information security professionals.

• Read the press release


isc2 executives speaking(ISC)² Executives to Present at RSA US Conference

The (ISC)² leadership team will present on three different panel sessions at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Don't miss these sessions featuring (ISC)² representatives: "The Future of Security Education", "Right Skills, Right Time, Right Industry: Women in Security", and "Cultivating the Global Workforce Landscape". In addition, we will host a members-only reception and Safe and Secure Online volunteer training session.

• Learn more  


SSO Ireland

Safe and Secure Online Programme Launches in Ireland on Safer Internet Day

Schools in Ireland have a new, free resource to call upon to ensure students, teachers, governors, and parents are prepared to take advantage of the Internet securely. The (ISC)² Foundation commemorates Safer Internet Day 2014 by launching the availability of its Safe and Secure Online® programme in Ireland.

• Read the press release


capitol buildingNew (ISC)² U.S. Government Advisory Board Executive Writers Bureau Article

U.S. federal government CIOs are facing a security dilemma. Three initiatives intended to improve government IT security have been impacted due to budget challenges: Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM), the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and HSPD-12.

• Read more in the InformationWeek Government article


podium povCall for Speakers Open for Second Annual (ISC)² CyberSecureGov Conference

The two-day CyberSecureGov event themed "Vigilence in the Face of Cyber Set-Backs" and held June 2-3 in Arlington, VA, U.S.A., will include both management and technical tracks featuring U.S. government and industry premier speakers. Speaker submissions are being accepted until March 15.

• Submit your proposal


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(ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton Gives Password Security Advice in Wake of Yahoo Breach

In an article on lessons learned from the Yahoo breach, Hord Tipton mentions that diversifying passwords for each account is essential to protecting online information. Potential damage can be compounded by hackers attempting to access multiple accounts once a password is stolen.

• Read more in the eWeek article


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Presenters at (ISC)² SecureDusseldorf Event Discuss the True Intention of a Secret

Over 90 security experts met in Dusseldorf on Jan 21 at the (ISC)² SecureDusseldorf event to discuss best practices for corporations to protect against threats. The day concluded with a panel discussion by (ISC)² Germany Chapter President.

Read more (article in German) 


cybersecurity man 2(ISC)² and University of South Florida Partner to Offer Certifications through Academic Programs

As part of its new cybersecurity initiative, USF is working with (ISC)² to offer CISSP prep courses and to administer the CISSP exam.

Read more about the partnership
See what USF is doing for cybersecurity education



Hord Tipton (ISC)2Latest Michael's Breach has (ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton Advocating for Secure Payment Transactions

The more big-name companies we see in the news reporting customer credit card information compromises, the more serious the realization that secure payment transactions are vital to both customer trust and company reputation. Michael's is just another retailer victimized by a point of sale breach, further highlighting the need for a higher level of security controls.

Read the full article in Dark Reading


cyber security awareness monthWhy is Filling the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap such a Challenge?

(ISC)²'s Executive Director Hord Tipton talks to FCW about the problems with filling the cybersecurity workforce shortage stemming from employers often overlooking entry-level people. In many cases, they're looking for those who can hit the ground running. Fixing the problem won't happen overnight.

Read the full article in FCW


tablet child

Are Tablets Portals to Trouble?

On ComputerWorldUK's blog "Infosecurity Voice," (ISC)² EMEA's regional coordinator for Safe and Secure Online voices concern over the widespread use of tablets among children. Should they come with warnings?

Read the blog on ComputerWorldUK
Learn about the Safe and Secure Online program


hord podium right(ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton Makes Top 10 InfoSec Career Influencer List

Careers Info Security released their first annual list of 10 leaders influencing and shaping information security careers in 2014. Selections include some of the most recognized leaders in promoting infosec careers.

Read the article to see who else made the list 


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Women - The New Face of Information Security

A report titled "Agents of Change: Women in the Information Security Profession" compiled by Frost & Sullivan and the (ISC)² Foundation reveals an industry in transition and the leadership role women are poised to take in that change.  

Read the article in Baseline 
Download the report


hord congress 2013(ISC)² Executive Director Says Human Defences Hold the Key to Cybersecurity in 2014

Hord Tipton gives his industry predictions for 2014, including what he feels will turn the tide in the cybersecurity war. Will a new emphasis this year help us avoid the game changing data breaches that occured last year?

Read the blog in Computerworld UK


foundation scholarship winner(ISC)² Foundation is Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Scholarships

The application period for the 2014 information security scholarship offerings from the (ISC)² Foundation is now open. The Foundation offers graduate and undergraduate scholarships, including awards for women and veterans.

Apply today


Hord Tipton Speaking(ISC)² Executive Director Hord Tipton Comments on the Target Breach

Hord Tipton raises the question of PCI-compliance in the massive Target breach incident. Once the investigation is complete, will the smoking gun be a matter of non-compliance or compliant and therefore, require revisions to PCI compliance guidelines?

• Read more of Tipton's thoughts in the full Dark Reading article  
• Check out Tipton's industry predictions for 2014   


security congress speaker

(ISC)² Security Congress Call for Speakers is Now Open

The Call for Speakers for the 4th Annual (ISC)² Security Congress is now open through February 10, 2014. Security Congress is colocated with ASIS International, and more than 20,000 professionals worldwide from both the traditional and information security disciplines are anticipated to attend.

Get more information


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(ISC)² Foundation Names 2013 Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Christopher Goes, undergraduate student at the University of Idaho, on receiving this year's Harold F Tipton Memorial Scholarship. Along with Christopher's passion for information security and outstanding academic record, he also authored a white paper on the need for Internet safety education and the importance of educating children.

 Read the press release
• Learn more about (ISC)² Scholarships


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