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Demand for (ISC)2 Information Security Certifications 38.6% Percent in Europe

United Kingdom passes 2000 certified professionals as employers recognise value of credentials

Globally (ISC)2 reaches 50,000 member mark

London, April 26 2007 – (ISC)² (“ISC-squared”), the non-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, today reported significant growth in demand for its credentials across the European region. Reported year on year growth for 2005-2006 topped 38.5 percent. As a professional consortium concerned with enhancing internationally recognised standards for information security skills, (ISC)2 hosted 110 exams across the European region in 2006.

“Our membership is approaching significant levels, 200 or more, in many countries as employers are recognising the value in certifying the people they trust to manage their information security,” says Ed Zeitler, CISSP, executive director for (ISC)2. “Company executives understand that they are accountable for information security risk, and certifications give them confidence in the competency of their people.”

Across Europe, there are over 7,000 members holding one or more (ISC)2 certification. Ten countries with 200 or more members include: Belgium (205); Denmark (229); Finland (234); France (311); Germany (477), Netherlands (646), Spain (235), Switzerland (335), Sweden (220), and the United Kingdom, where there are currently 2,320 members, compared to 793 at the end of 2003.

Globally, (ISC)2 has reported that just over 50,000 information security professionals hold one or more of its credentials. The year on year growth rate 2005-2006 for Europe was reported at 38.7 percent, compared to 20.7 percent in North America and 31.2 percent in Asia.

(ISC)²’s flagship credentials are the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®), considered the Gold Standard in the information security industry worldwide and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under ISO/IEC/ANSI Standard 17024. CISSP and SSCP candidates must have four years and one year of professional experience, respectively, subscribe to the (ISC)² Code of Ethics, are acknowledged as professionals in the field of information security and demonstrate proven standards of knowledge through a rigorous examination. (ISC)² also offers extended qualifications covering security management, architecture, and engineering for individuals holding the CISSP.

According to the 2006 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study, hiring managers are looking for certifications, with 85 percent of respondents with this responsibility identifying certifications as somewhat or very important to the candidate evaluation process. Top reasons hiring managers prefer professionals with certifications included employee competency and quality of work. For the three years that the study has been conducted, there has been a rising trend to require certifications as company policy. This was the case for 24.6 percent of EMEA-based respondents participating in the survey released at the end of 2006, compared to 17.7 percent in 2004.

About (ISC)2

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)2®] is the internationally recognized Gold Standard for certifying information security professionals. Founded in 1989, (ISC)² has certified over 50,000 information security professionals in 129 countries. Based in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA, with offices in Vienna, Virginia, USA, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, (ISC)2 issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and related concentrations, Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAPCM), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credentials to those meeting necessary competency requirements. The CISSP, CISSP-ISSEP, CISSP-ISSAP 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, portfolio of education products and services based upon (ISC)2’s CBK®, a taxonomy of information security topics and is responsible for the annual (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study.

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