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(ISC)2 and IT Acquisition Advisory Council Announce Alliance

Organizations Work Together to Transform the US Government’s Acquisition of IT Products through Security Training and Education

March 19, 2012 (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”), the world’s largest not-for-profit information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®,today announced that it has formed a relationship with the Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC), a not-for-profit organization and public/private partnership focused on establishing standards of practice that improve IT architecture and acquisition effectiveness to meet the demands of the 21st century. 

(ISC)2 and IT-AAC officials signed a memorandum of understanding in December 2011 and will commemorate the relationship today at the 40th IT-AAC Leadership Roundtable, where (ISC)² executive director W. Hord Tipton is speaking on “Implementing FedRAMP for Secure Cloud Computing in Civil Agencies”*. (ISC)²’s participation in this event marks a first step under the MOU, with both organizations moving forward in their pursuit of joint ventures and opportunities that mutually benefit and advance the public interest and the information security community. These projects include a focus on IT-AAC’s Leadership Roundtables and the development of public/private proposals and grants that will further U.S. federal government initiatives. 

Tipton, (ISC)2 executive director and former CIO for the U.S. Department of Interior, said that the collaboration is unique for (ISC)2 and will provide clarity for government personnel about how security fits into the acquisition process, how to evaluate contracts from a security mindset using language that ensures supply chain integrity, and what credentials best address and test these skills among both new hires and seasoned acquisition specialists.  

“We are proud to align with a group as influential and effective as IT-AAC,” Tipton said. “Our goal in working with organizations like IT-AAC is to improve professional development channels, strengthen the federal cyber security workforce and ultimately assist in ‘building security in’ to the earliest stages of IT procurement.  We hope our relationship benefits all involved, as we share common goals and priorities with respect to IT innovation and the establishment and sharing of best practices.I look forward to participating in IT-AAC events and working closely with IT-AAC officials as we explore how our organizations can work together to improve the federal government’s IT acquisition through IT training and education.” 

One direct benefit of the relationship for federal information security professionals is that they will now have an easier, more consistent and more cost-effective channel through which they can obtain (ISC)2 professional credentials and continuing education credits. John A. Weiler, managing director of IT-AAC adds, “The addition of (ISC)2 to the IT-AAC partnership adds a critical dimension to our ability to train and equip the public sector workforce as they enter the new paradigm of secure cloud computing and service-oriented architecture (SOA).” 

*Due to unforeseen urgent matters, Mr. Tipton was unable to attend the 40th IT-AAC Leadership Roundtable on March 19, 2012.