Palm Harbor, Fla. (PRWEB) October 08, 2012
The (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”) Foundation, the non-profit charitable trust for (ISC)² that aims to make the cyber world safer for everyone, and Booz Allen today announced a new relationship for the (ISC)² Foundation’s Safe and Secure Online Program, which places (ISC)²-certified information security experts in schools for free to teach children how to protect themselves online.
In alliance with the (ISC)² Foundation, Booz Allen is committed to recruiting 10 percent of its certified staff professionals to become trained Safe and Secure Online mentors by 2014, connect trained Safe and Secure Online program mentors with local volunteer opportunities and help increase awareness of Safe and Secure Online programming and resources among parents and teachers. Booz Allen also contributed financial support that will allow further expansion and awareness of the Safe and Secure Online Program.
Booz Allen’s support of Safe and Secure Online is one example of how a professional services firm can share its greatest asset – its people – and establish collaborative partnerships with nonprofit organizations to address tough challenges like cyber ethics, cyber safety and cyber security. While there are several existing programs that address cyber safety for children, only Safe and Secure Online engages certified experts and directly speaks to children, teachers, school administrators and parents, for a comprehensive approach to cyber security education.
“(ISC)2 started the Safe and Secure Online Program in 2006 with one clear goal: to make the Internet a safe place for children by sharing the expertise of its membership with the community at large,” explained Julie Peeler, director of the (ISC)² Foundation. “In light of National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October, aligning with an organization like Booz Allen, which brings a long history of and strong commitment to education and volunteerism, is a critical milestone for Safe and Secure Online. Their support will allow us to reach even more children in an increasingly complex, dangerous and cyber-connected world.”
According to the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance 2010 State of Cyberethics, Cybersafety, Cybersecurity Curriculum in the U.S. Survey, while more than 95 percent of educators, school administrators and technology coordinators believe that cyber ethics, cyber safety, and cyber security should be taught in schools, nearly 30 percent admit that their schools are inadequately prepared to do so. Booz Allen will work with the (ISC)² Foundation to help fulfill this need by promoting and raising awareness about the Safe and Secure Online program among teachers, parents, and other community partners.
“Booz Allen’s corporate citizenship is driven by our employees’ passion for educating people and organizations about the steps they can take to enjoy a safer cyber world and making a positive and sustainable impact on our communities,” said Mike McConnell, vice chairman of Booz Allen. “We’re proud to support the (ISC)² Foundation’s Safe and Secure Online Program because it not only helps children protect themselves and their families, but it also fosters an interest cyber security careers. With so much of our world going online, initiatives such as this are critical to building a workforce committed to solving our nation’s toughest cyber challenges.”
To request the Safe and Secure Online presentation for a school, education officials can e-mail safeandsecure(at)isc2(dot)org. For more information about Safe and Secure Online, please visit http://www.isc2cares.org.
About Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs approximately 25,000 people, and had revenue of $5.86 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2012. To learn more, visit http://www.boozallen.com (NYSE: BAH)
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 86,000 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.
(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 http://www.isc2.org.
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