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ISC2 Wins SC Magazine Award for Best Professional Certification Program

PALM HARBOR, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(ISC)(“ISC-squared”), the not-for-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers with more than 71,000 credentials issued to 66,000 members worldwide, won for “Best Professional Certification Program” for its Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) program at the 13th annual SC Magazine awards last week at RSA 2010.

This is the second award for (ISC)2 in the category of “Best Professional Certification Program” after winning the inaugural award in 2008.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from SC Magazine a second time,” said Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, CNSS, executive director of (ISC)2. “It strengthens our mission to enhance global cyber security through educating and certifying professionals.”

“Our distinguished panel of judges has selected (ISC)2 for this ‘Best Professional Certification Program’ Award based on the impact they have made on the IT security industry,” said Illena Armstrong, editor-in-chief, SC Magazine. “We look forward to seeing (ISC)2 continue to raise the bar and exceed expectations in their field.”

For the past 13 years, the annual SC Magazine awards ceremony has showcased the best solutions, services and professionals while recognizing information security achievement and technical excellence in today’s corporate world. (ISC)2 and other 2010 Professional Award winners were chosen by an expert panel of judges, hand-picked by SC Magazine’s editorial team for their extensive knowledge and experience in the information security industry. The SC Magazine Awards is one of the industry’s preeminent awards programs, receiving over 600 entries for 30-plus categories in 2010.

As the first and largest information security certification body, (ISC)2 delivers what is considered the “gold standard” in information security certifications and education programs. Its professional certifications are vendor-neutral and require validated industry experience and a wide breadth of knowledge of security information topics that define global industry standards. The organization developed its certification programs to meet the needs of professionals throughout their careers and includes the recently honored CISSP, as well as CISSP concentrations in architecture, engineering and management, the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), the Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP®), and the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®).

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. Besides the monthly print magazine and daily website, the brand’s portfolio includes the SC Awards, SC Directory, SC Magazine Newswire, SC World Congress and SC Congress Canada.

About (ISC)²

(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with over 66,000 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®), Certification and Accreditation 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 ANSI/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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