SC Magazine Grants (ISC)2® Best Professional Certification Program Award for CISSP®

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Marks Third Win for Gold Standard Cyber Security Certification

(ISC)2® (“ISC)-squared”), the world’s largest information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®, has received SC Magazine’s 2012 Professional Award for the Best Professional Certification Program for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). The award, recognizing (ISC)2’s outstanding achievement in IT security certification, was presented to (ISC)² last night at the 15th annual SC Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the annual RSA Conference in San Francisco.

“We are delighted to receive this coveted award from SC Magazine this year,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)2. “In the fast-paced information security profession, it’s critical that professionals be able to demonstrate that they have the knowledge, skills and abilities to protect their customers and their communities against ever-present threats. For this reason, we invest heavily in our certification programs. It’s an honor to be recognized for the CISSP, and we dedicate this award to our 80,000 CISSPs around the world who embody integrity, expertise and commitment to the information security profession.”

The 2012 Professional Award winners were chosen by a panel of esteemed security professionals from the private and public sector, hand-picked by SC Magazine’s editorial team for their information security leadership and knowledge. When determining the winner, the judges are advised to review materials provided by entrants in addition to any research, analyst reports, reviews and additional documentation provided by SC Magazine when determining the winner. Through this comprehensive analysis, the judges selected the CISSP as this year’s winner in the Best Professional Certification Program category.

“(ISC)2 is a great example of leadership for the entire information security industry with its strong policies and practices that have led to their Best Professional Certification Program selection,” says VP and editorial director, SC Magazine, Illena Armstrong. “This category continually evolves as the industry learns best practices from each other, and it’s an honor to recognize (ISC)2’s efforts.”

Now, in its 15th year, the annual SC Awards continue to showcase the best solutions, services and professionals, while recognizing achievement and technical excellence. SC Magazine distinguishes the achievements of the security professionals in the trenches, the innovations happening in the vendor and service provider communities and the passionate work of government, commercial and non-profits — all working to help improve global security. For more information and a detailed list of categories and winners, please visit

About (ISC)²
(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with over 80,000 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 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

About SC Magazine
SC Magazine provides IT security professionals with in-depth and unbiased information through timely news, comprehensive analysis, cutting-edge features, contributions from thought leaders and the best, most extensive collection of product reviews in the business. By offering a consolidated view of IT security through independent product tests and well-researched editorial content that provides the contextual backdrop for how these IT security tools will address larger demands put on businesses today, SC Magazine enables IT security pros to make the right security decisions for their companies. The brand’s portfolio includes the SC World Conference and Expo, SC Congress Canada, SC Magazine Awards, SC Directory, SC Magazine Newswire and SC Magazine IT Security Executives Forums

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