New (ISC)2® Young Professionals Program Offers Pathway Into Cyber Security Field

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Education and mentoring group will give a leg up to young people aspiring to succeed as information security specialists—and help bridge a major skills shortage.

(ISC)2® (“ISC-squared”), the world’s largest information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®, today announced the launch of the (ISC)2 Young Professionals program, a new group formed to provide a platform for aspiring and emerging security professionals to join the information security workforce.

(ISC)² will kick off a pilot program at a reception hosted in conjunction with ASIS at the second annual (ISC)2 Security Congress on Sept. 9, 2012. The pilot stage will begin with eight (ISC)2 Chapters around the world and be rolled out across the organization in early 2013.

Young Professionals is specifically designed to attract more young people to the information security field, whether they are still in high school, recently graduated from college or new to the workforce. It is open both to aspiring and active cyber security professionals age 35 and under who are looking for ways to bolster their careers and deepen their connections within the professional community.

Experienced professionals who are passionate about fostering the future information security workforce can also participate in the program by providing their expertise and guidance through mentorship opportunities.

Members of the Young Professionals will gain access to services tailored for their career development needs, including mentoring, specialized education opportunities, career support and guidance, as well as networking opportunities. (ISC)² Chapters participating in the pilot program include:

  •     Colombo, Sri Lanka Chapter (Sri Lanka)
  •     Manitoba/Saskatchewan Chapter (Canada)
  •     National Capital Region Chapter (Washington, DC)
  •     New Jersey Chapter (US)
  •     Omaha Lincoln Chapter (Nebraska, US)
  •     Sacramento Chapter (California, US)
  •     Sao Paulo Chapter (Brazil)
  •     Tampa Bay Chapter (Florida, US)

(ISC)2 began the Young Professionals group in direct response to the widening gap between the demand for and the supply of skilled information security professionals and the absence of an effective, existing pathway for young people to join the profession.

According to (ISC)2’s 2011 Global Information Security Workforce Study, 4.2 million information security professionals will be employed by government and private industry by 2015, yet fewer than 10 percent of the existing workforce is under the age of 29. And a report titled “A Human Capital Crisis in Cyber Security” estimates a current shortage in the U.S. alone of as many as 30,000 cyber security professionals. Currently, information security professionals enjoy a nearly full-employment market, in which job stability, high salaries and upward mobility are the norm, according to the (ISC)2 2012 Career Impact Survey.

“Making young people aware of the opportunities in information security and providing them the connections and tools they need to join the workforce are critical to our ability to effectively address the human capital crisis our society is facing,” reflects W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)2. “Young Professionals not only gives aspiring professionals exclusive inroads into one of the most exciting, viable, and rewarding career fields available today, but it will also help the profession gain much better insight into the needs of the next generation and how best to engage them.”

Those interested in learning more about the Young Professionals can attend the kickoff reception at (ISC)2 Security Congress on Sept. 9, 2012, at 5 p.m. EST or visit The reception is available for free to all pre-registered guests attending Security Congress. To register, send an email to

About (ISC)²
(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with over 86,000 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

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