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Consortium Recognises UK Government Credential as a Valuable Pre-Requisite for the CISSP

LONDON, Nov. 26, 2002 - The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 , a non-profit organisation dedicated to training and certifying information systems security professionals worldwide, today announced an agreement with the UK government's Infosec
Training Paths and Competencies (ITPC) body to mutually endorse each other's certifications.

(ISC)2 offers the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)* qualification, considered the "global standard" in information security credentials and tailored for management-level security
professionals. The vendor-neutral certification is acquired through a combination of practical work experience, formal education and a rigorous exam based on the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)*, a comprehensive compendium of best security practices developed and maintained by (ISC)2.
CISSPs must commit to a Code of Ethics and maintain their certifications through continuing professional education credits.

ITPC, launched in May 2001, offers a competency-based qualification, the Certificate of Infosec Competency (CIC), to information security practitioners in the UK's civil service, accredited government contractors and those in other public sectors who implement UK government information
security policy. Candidates for the CIC complete induction and practitioner level courses, then undertake a period of mentored work experience aimed at achieving a set of tailored target competencies that prove their competence in the workplace.

As part of the mutual endorsements, holders of the ITPC credential will be granted a one-year dispensation from the experience requirement for the CISSP, as well as a preferred rate for the cost of the CBK review seminar that prepares candidates for the CISSP examination.

"We feel the course of study outlined by the ITPC program provides an outstanding prerequisite for the CISSP," said James E Duffy, CISSP,executive director of (ISC)2, based in Framingham, Mass. "We look forward to a relationship with ITPC that will benefit the entire Infosec community in
the UK."

"This milestone begins our shared goal of coordinating our two professional bodies to speak with one voice across both public and private sectors to the information security industry," said Paul Hansford, ITPC Scheme secretariat, based in the Cabinet Office, London. "We intend to develop this association
with (ISC)2 and encourage ITPC certificate holders to take a serious look at the benefits of the CISSP qualification."

More information about ITPC is available at


About (ISC)²

Based in Framingham, Mass. with offices in London and Hong Kong, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 is the premier organisation dedicated to providing information security professionals and practitioners worldwide with the standard for
professional certification. Since its inception in 1989, the non-profit organisation has provided training and certification and has advocated the need for one industry-wide security standard. (ISC)2 provides two forms of certification, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional
(CISSP) and the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), both unique by requiring years of experience in their field. For more than 10 years (ISC)2 has certified thousands of security professionals in more than 85 countries.

More information about (ISC)2 is available at

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