FIRST Delivers New Stepping Stones for Continuing Professional Education

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Delegates attending conferences of FIRST, the Forum of Internet Response and Security Teams, will now earn hours to help them qualify for major certificates in their Continuing Professional Education programmes

As the world's leading non-profit Internet security organization, FIRST has always had education high on its agenda, and this step forward confirms and highlights the very active role we now play in helping not just our members, but everyone in the field, to be at the front line of best practices as endorsed by the principal certificating authorities.

Important stepping stones for Internet security practitioners who want to advance their careers through programmes of Continuing Professional Education will now be available for delegates who attend the annual conference of FIRST, the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams.

Starting with this year's 21st Annual Conference, which convenes in Kyoto, Japan, June 28-July 3, FIRST's plenary sessions, workshops and seminars will be recognized as substantive educational resources by leading providers of CPE certificates.

Delegates have opportunities to qualify for up to 25.5 hours of credits towards the Certified Information Systems Security Professional qualification (CISSP) awarded by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2).

And they can also earn up to 30 hours-worth of credits towards one of three Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) certificates: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT).

Those who attend the conference's 'Train the Trainer' sessions can add another 9.5 hours to their totals for ISC2 CISSP and 11 hours towards ISACA CISA, CISM or CGEIT.

Said Arnold Yoon, Ultra Electronics, Prologic, Systems Engineering Group, Cyber Security Director, who chairs FIRST's educational programme: "We are delighted that delegates at the conference will now be able to take tangible advantage of their attendance by earning credits which recognize their development and status as security professionals and help them to promote their careers.

"As the world's leading non-profit Internet security organization, FIRST has always had education high on its agenda, and this step forward confirms and highlights the very active role we now play in helping not just our members, but everyone in the field, to be at the front line of best practices as endorsed by the principal certificating authorities."

The Kyoto conference is open to members and non-members alike.
Founded in 1990, FIRST consists of internet emergency response teams from more than 200 corporations, government bodies, universities and other institutions from the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. It leads the world's fight-back against cyber-crime, sabotage and terrorism, and promotes co-operation between response teams and law enforcement agencies.

Read more about FIRST's CPE initiative at: http://conference.first.org/cpe.aspx.
Read more about the FIRST Kyoto Conference in full and sponsor or enroll at http://www.first.org/conference/2009/
Read more about FIRST at http://www.first.org/ & http://www.first.org/about/

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