ISC2(R) Announces Winners of Cyber Security Awareness Contest
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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 public. (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 www.isc2.org/csa. 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 www.isc2.org. (C) 2008, (ISC)2 Inc. 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