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

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Warren C. Johnson Jr. Selected for Continuing Tipton’s Legacy of the Pursuit of Knowledge and Excellence in Information Security

The (ISC)2® (“ISC-squared”) Foundation, the non-profit charitable trust for (ISC)² that aims to make the cyber world safer for everyone, today announced the recipient of its first Harold (“Hal”) F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship: Warren C. Johnson Jr., undergraduate student at Macon State College, Macon, Georgia, U.S.

The Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship, named after the late information security industry pioneer and (ISC)² cofounder, was established through the support of (ISC)² members and CRC Press, member of the Taylor & Francis Group, to provide passionate, aspiring information security professionals with a pathway into the information security profession. Often referred to as ‘the grandfather of the CISSP®’, Hal’s work with (ISC)² as its CBK® committee chair, past president, chief instructor, and ambassador, was key to the formation not only of (ISC)², but of the information security profession.

The (ISC)² Foundation Scholarship Committee selected Mr. Johnson as the recipient of the Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship for his passion for information security, his dedication to expanding his knowledge at all costs, and his exemplary academic record. Johnson earned his associate’s degrees in computer science and aircraft systems maintenance technology while serving in the U.S. military. He is currently pursuing a bachelor of science in information technology with a focus on information assurance and network administration. Warren is an active member in his local ISSA chapter and is on the Macon State College president’s and dean’s lists for academic excellence.

“Considering Mr. Tipton’s legacy, it is an incredible honor and a humbling experience to receive this scholarship,” explained Johnson. “Mr. Tipton not only helped (ISC)² develop a professional standard we can all follow, but he also laid the groundwork that will encourage generations of professionals to exceed it. His work has inspired me to do whatever it takes to demonstrate that I am a professional and to hold myself to a higher standard. I am truly humbled to receive this honor and will do everything I can to uphold all that it represents.”

During his more than 25 years of active duty service with the U.S. Air Force, Johnson dedicated himself to protecting the integrity of information on the military network. Although Johnson worked on a number of information security projects and disaster recovery programs during his tenure, he identifies his most notable accomplishment as serving as the communications and logistics advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. There, he helped rebuild the Iraqi Armed Forces, reconstructing computer and radio networks.

“Warren was an obvious choice for the Tipton Scholarship,” commented Julie Peeler, (ISC)² Foundation director. “He embodies Hal’s commitment to excellence and exemplifies the goal of the Scholarship program, which is to inspire students to commit to lifelong learning and growth in this dynamic field. We congratulate Warren on what is sure to be one of many achievements in his career.”

In addition to his work with (ISC)², Hal was an editor of information security textbooks published by CRC Press. Some of his more recent works include the Information Security Management Handbook, Sixth Edition, Volume 6, the Official (ISC)2 Guide to the SSCP CBK, Second Edition and the Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Third Edition.

“CRC Press is proud to be a sponsor of the Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship Fund,” said Rich O’Hanley, publisher, CRC Press. “Hal was instrumental in helping to develop our information security publishing program, which grew from the information security management handbooks he edited. Having a scholarship to memorialize him will ensure that his life and work won't be forgotten or diminished.”

Through the (ISC)² Foundation’s Information Security Scholarship Program, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students have the opportunity to build stable careers in the field of information security. The scholarship application period for 2013 opens on January 1, 2013, and the deadline for students and faculty to submit a completed application is 12:00 a.m. EST on Sunday, March 31, 2013. For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.isc2cares.org/scholarships.

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About the (ISC)2® Foundation

The (ISC)2 Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust that aims to make the cyber world safer for everyone by supporting cyber security education and awareness in the community through its programs and the efforts of its members. Through the (ISC)2 Foundation, (ISC)2’s global information security expert membership of over 87,000 seek to ensure that children everywhere have a positive, productive, and safe experience online, to spur the development of the next generation of cyber security professionals, and to illuminate major issues facing the industry now and in the future. For more information, please visit http://www.isc2cares.org.

About CRC Press

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific, technical, and medical content, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students. CRC Press products include world-class references, handbooks, and textbooks as well as the award-winning netBASE eBook collections. CRC Press is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. For more information, visit http://www.crcpress.com

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