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News Release

World’s Largest Professional Security Organizations Co-locate Annual Events

Alexandria, Va 2011-02-23
​(ISC)2® and ASIS International Present First Conference to Address Total Security Landscape

(ISC)2, the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, will co-locate its first annual (ISC)² Security Congress with the ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Orlando, FL, Sept. 19-22, 2011. The events, which together are anticipated to draw more than 20,000 attendees from around the world, combine to offer dynamic educational programs, interactive networking forums, and 700+ product and service displays across more than 230,000 square feet. General education sessions, networking events, and the exhibit floor are open to registered attendees for either event.

Three days of focused education programs, developed and delivered by ASIS and (ISC)2, offer attendees new perspectives and expert insights into current and emerging best practices for the protection of life, property, and information. Informal social events hosted by both organizations provide a productive and effective forum for network-building as practitioners from across the security industry gather to engage in thoughtful dialogue and discussion. A new area on the exhibit floor will be dedicated to innovations in information security solutions.

ASIS certification reviews will be offered Sept. 16-17 for the Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), and Physical Security Professional (PSP) examinations. On Sept. 17-18, a series of (ISC)2 credential clinics are scheduled (CISSP®, CSSLP®, CAP®, and SSCP®), as well as an official two-day review seminar for both CSSLP and CISSP.

The decision to present a co-located conference and exhibition event evolved out of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in late 2010 by the two global organizations. By way of the MOU, both organizations seek to advance the total security landscape and the convergence of traditional and logical security by leveraging their individual capacities and abilities—ultimately further enhancing the value of membership for both bodies.

“This agreement reflects the rapidly evolving, converging roles of the information security and traditional security professionals within the global business marketplace,” stated ASIS President Raymond T. O’Hara, CPP. “By strategically aligning our organizational resources, our combined memberships of more than 100,000 professionals gain access to core knowledge and best practices across the full spectrum of information and traditional security. The opportunity to connect with one’s security counterpart and to build a solid practitioner network is one of the most valuable benefits to be derived from this relationship.”

“It is ever so clear that the certification and education bodies must work together to better serve this growing security profession,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, CNSS, executive director of (ISC)2. “Our goal in working with ASIS is to develop high-quality programs for the broader security community that will further develop a workforce whose skills are in great demand.”

In addition to the cross-promotion of each organization’s respective professional certifications, ASIS and (ISC)2 will engage in shared educational programming, develop research, and work co-operatively on legislative issues of mutual interest.

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ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals, with more than 37,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.

(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with nearly 75,000 members in more than 135 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information security topics. More information is available at www.isc2.org.

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