OPM Names (ISC)2® Security Congress a Qualified U.S. Government Training Activity

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Official Acknowledgement Demonstrates the Government’s Support of Conferences That Aim to Build a World-Class Cyber Workforce

"Professional training and education plays a critical role in the government’s ability to attract and retain talent," says Dan Waddell, CISSP, CAP, PMP, director, Government Affairs, (ISC)2.

(ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with over 100,000 members worldwide, today announced that its fourth annual Security Congress event has been approved by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for federal government employees' attendance and qualifies as training in compliance with 5 U.S.C., chapter 41. The event is being held September 29-October 2, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga.

OPM’s approval of this event validates the quality of educational content and makes it easier for government personnel to justify their attendance. “Both budgetary setbacks and reports of wasteful conference spending over the past few years have significantly hindered government cybersecurity professionals’ ability to participate in IT training and educational opportunities,” says Dan Waddell, CISSP, CAP, PMP, director, Government Affairs, (ISC)2. “At a time when the lack of qualified cybersecurity personnel represents a threat to our national security, professional training and education plays a critical role in the government’s ability to attract and retain talent. I believe this is a step in the right direction.”

Each year, (ISC)2 Security Congress is colocated with the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, bringing together more than 20,000 professionals from around the world for four days of education, networking, and an expansive exhibit floor of security products and services. The Security Congress program is available online, offering attendees an opportunity to personalize their event experience. (ISC)² members are eligible for special discounted pricing and will be able to attend any of the ASIS events including keynotes, networking lunches, and educational sessions. More details are available at congress.isc2.org.    

About (ISC)²
Formed in 1989 and celebrating its 25th anniversary, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with over 100,000 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), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP), 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 and software security topics. More information is available at http://www.isc2.org.

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