ISC2(R) Announces Winners of Cyber Security Awareness Contest

Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:00am EST

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(ISC)2 Donates US$5,000 to Winners for Their Commitment to
             Promoting Cyber Security for the Common Good
PALM HARBOR, Fla.--(Business Wire)--
(ISC)2(R) ("ISC-squared"), the non-profit global leader in
educating and certifying information security professionals throughout
their careers, today announced the winners of its Cyber Security
Awareness Month contest, where top professionals from around the world
submitted security awareness tools on an online repository free to the

   (ISC)2-certified members, representing preeminent information
security experts from corporate, government and academic arenas
spanning North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, were invited to post
materials that organizations and individuals could download to promote
online safety at work or within the community. A total of 118
materials were uploaded to the (ISC)2 Cyber Security Awareness
Resource Center, including templates that can be customized by end
users, such as posters, flyers, brochures, presentations and games.

   Winners were selected based on a combination of rankings and
public downloads of their materials. Each will receive US$1,000 from
(ISC)2. The winners are:

   --  Boris Loza, a CISSP based in Canada, for "Anti-Hacking School,
        Lessons One and Two"

   --  Hayman Ezzeldin, a CISSP based in Germany, for "Backup Your
        Data!" poster

   --  Jay Schwitzgebel, a CISSP-ISSMP based in the U.S., for a
        "Consumer Internet Security Awareness on Emerging Security
        Threats" presentation

   --  Pedro Verdin Jimenez, a CISSP based in Mexico, for a
        Spanish-language presentation on cyber safety and security

   --  Nishidhdha Shah, a CISSP based in the U.S., for a presentation
        entitled "Approach to Information Security"

   Mr. Schwitzgebel commented, "There is a real need to educate
people about the best way to protect themselves online. As a CISSP and
security practitioner, I routinely network with my colleagues and
share awareness materials for adapted re-use.

   "That the (ISC)2 Cyber Security Awareness Resource Center
facilitates such professional sharing, while also making the materials
available to an even broader public audience, is a tremendous value to
the security industry. I'm proud to be a member of an organization
that has made awareness part of its core mission."

   "Due to the success of the online resource center, we've decided
to build out and enhance the site, keep it operational year-round and
hold the contest again this year," said Eddie Zeitler, CISSP,
executive director of (ISC)2. "Our members have invaluable expertise
and experience to share. The Cyber Security Awareness Resource Center
is an important vehicle to make that knowledge available to the public
for the greater cyber good."

   To continue building the repository with compelling materials,
(ISC)2 plans to run the contest annually. To access the Cyber Security
Awareness Resource Center, please visit

   Another (ISC)2 initiative to support Cyber Security Awareness
Month included participation in National Cyber Security Awareness Day
in Tallahassee, Fla. (ISC)2 Security Strategist and former White House
cyber security advisor Howard Schmidt was joined by Miss America
Lauren Nelson and Tallahassee Mayor John Marks at Florida State
University to discuss ways families can better protect themselves from
online threats. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance
(NCSA), the event was part of a nationwide campaign to educate the
American public, businesses, schools and government agencies about
ways to secure their part of cyber space, computers and the nation's
critical infrastructure.

   Assuring public awareness of cyber security has become an official
element of the (ISC)2 mission designed to enhance and support the
information security profession. (ISC)2 has alliances with several
organizations around the world who are committed to bring cyber
security awareness to the public, including Childnet International and
SCIPP International(R) and the Information Security Awareness Forum.
Over 100 (ISC)2 member volunteers have received training from Childnet
International, a charity whose mission is to work with others to help
make the Internet a great and safe place for children, to give
presentations on Internet safety to 11- to 14 year-old students in the
United Kingdom. The program is expected to expand to schools in the
U.S. and Asia later this year. SCIPP International, a global
non-profit organization dedicated to providing world-class security
awareness training and certificates for end users, has invited Zeitler
to sit on their advisory board to provide counsel and exchange ideas
between the two organizations. John Colley, CISSP, managing director
for (ISC)2 EMEA, represents (ISC)2 as a founding member of the
Information Security Awareness Forum, a cross-industry initiative
supported by former UK Home Secretary David Blunkett and organized by
the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) UK Chapter
Advisory Board.

   In January, (ISC)2 also launched a pilot program in Hong Kong,
"Youngsters Information Security Awareness Program", in conjunction
with its Hong-Kong based Affiliated Local Interest Group, the
Professional Information Security Association (PISA), the Hong Kong
Office of Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Hong
Kong Police. The program aims to promote information security
awareness to local students through school tours. To date, volunteers
have reached approximately 300 students.

   (ISC)2 and its members are also advocates for, participate in and
sponsor a number of year-round security-related events throughout the
world that support security awareness, including:

   --  Safer Internet Days in the EU

   --  Clean PC Day in Hong Kong

   --  Global Security Week in New Zealand

   --  Computer Security Day in the U.S.

   About (ISC)2

   The International Information Systems Security Certification
Consortium, Inc. ((ISC)2(R)) is the internationally recognized Gold
Standard for certifying information security professionals. Founded in
1989, (ISC)(2) has certified over 57,000 information security
professionals in 135 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(R)) and related concentrations, Certification and Accreditation
Professional (CAP(CM)), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner
(SSCP(R)) credentials to those meeting necessary competency
requirements. The CISSP, CISSP-ISSEP(R), CISSP-ISSAP(R) and SSCP 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(R), a compendium of
information security topics, and is responsible for the annual (ISC)2
Global Information Security Workforce Study. More information is
available at

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