(ISC)²® Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Reaches 100,000 Members

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Milestone Reflects Organization’s Goal to Fulfill the Global Need for More Qualified Cybersecurity Professionals

(ISC)² Security Congress (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, today announced it has reached over 100,000 members in 162 countries.

There are more than 70,000 information and software security professionals with one or more (ISC)2 certification in the Americas region. Globally, the top 10 country-by-country breakdown as of September 2014 is as follows: U.S. (64,920), U.K. (5,010), Canada (4,470), South Korea (3,515), Australia (1,783), Netherlands (1,717), India (1,705), Japan (1,441), Hong Kong (1,436), and Germany (1,349).

The prevalence of security breaches and their subsequent impact on the global economy has heightened awareness of the global need for more qualified cybersecurity professionals in the eyes of business, government, and industry professionals. (ISC)2 has evolved significantly over its 25-year history, developing programs and credentials designed for cybersecurity professionals at nearly every step on their career path.

“As an organization, we’ve grown and evolved tremendously over the last 25 years,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP, executive director of (ISC)2. “(ISC)2 has moved from a certifying body to a global organization focused on the bigger picture of filling the global need for more qualified cybersecurity professionals. We’ve made real progress toward meeting this goal through the creation of programs aimed to provide a standard for industries like healthcare and forensics where more security awareness and training is required. Cybersecurity is the industry of the future and while 100,000 members is significant, it’s only the beginning.”

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About (ISC)²Ò
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 160 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSPÒ) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLPÒ), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAPÒ), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCPÒ) 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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