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(ISC)2 Applauds Appointment of Board Member Hwoard Schmidt as White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

World’s Largest Body of Information Security Professionals Supports Choice by Obama Administration for Top Post

PALM HARBOR, Fla., USA, Dec. 23, 2009 – (ISC)2® (“ISC-squared”), the not-for-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers with more than 66,000 members worldwide, announced its support of the appointment of longtime (ISC)2 board member and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Howard A. Schmidt as the White House cybersecurity coordinator by the Obama administration today.

Schmidt has served as board member of (ISC)2, the largest body of information security professionals in the world, since 2004 and as vice chairperson of the board in 2009. Schmidt has also served on (ISC)2’s Advisory Board of the Americas since 2005, providing guidance and feedback to (ISC)² executive management on information security policies and trends impacting the industry and profession. In 2008, Schmidt was appointed (ISC)2 security strategist by the board of directors, a role that included providing expert commentary on current information security issues, as well as representing the organization at events and conferences around the world.

“We congratulate Howard on this great honor and fully support the administration in its choice,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director for (ISC)2. “(ISC)² has worked together with Howard on many important global and national information security workforce initiatives throughout the years and have always valued his insight and counsel.”

“We look forward to working with Howard in his new role as he undertakes the critical task of developing the government and national information security workforce program,” Tipton said.

Schmidt is also a Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), a relatively new (ISC)² credential that aims to stem the proliferation of software vulnerabilities by establishing best practices and validating an individual’s competency in addressing security issues throughout the software lifecycle. Schmidt was instrumental in advocating the certification in his role on the advisory board.

About (ISC)²
(ISC)2® is globally recognized as the largest membership body of and as the Gold Standard for certifying information security professionals. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, (ISC)² has over 66,000 certified members in more than 130 countries. Based in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA, with offices in Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, (ISC)2 issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and related concentrations, Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credentials to those meeting necessary competency requirements. (ISC)²’s CISSP and related concentrations, CAP, and the SSCP 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 a continuing professional education program, a portfolio of education products and services based upon (ISC)2’s CBK®, a compendium of information security topics. More information is available at

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