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IT Security Officials to Debate Methods of Professional Certification and Licensure at SecureAmericas

(ISC)(“ISC-squared”), the not-for-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, today announced a new roundtable of top security certification organizations at its fifth annual SecureAmericas information security conference scheduled for June 4-5, 2009 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

In a first-day session at 8:40 a.m. titled “Certifying the IT Security Profession,” a roundtable of industry stakeholders and experts will discuss the potential merits and dangers of instituting federal regulation over professional certification and licensure, as proposed in recent legislation. Moderated by Liesyl I. Franz, vice president, information security and global public policy, TechAmerica, the roundtable will include:

  • ANSI – Dr. Roy Swift, ANSI Program Director
  • CompTIA – Dan Liutikas, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary
  • ISACA® – John Lainhart, IV, CGEIT, CISA, CISM, CIPP/G, Partner Service Area Leader, Security, Privacy, Wireless & IT Governance, IBM Global Business Services - Public Sector
  • (ISC)² - W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, CNSS, Executive Director
  • SANS – Mason Brown, Director

The two-day SecureAmericas conference agenda will also include a keynote and more than 15 other concurrent tracks on government security and professional development and enterprise management, including:

  • “Biggest Vulnerabilities, Threats and the Actors Penetrating Our Public and Private Sector Systems” moderated by Patricia Titus, CISO, Federal Systems, Unisys with panelists Tony Sager, chief of the Information Assurance Directorate’s (IAD) Vulnerability Analysis and Operations (VAO) Group, National Security Agency (NSA); Richard Smith, CSO for TSA; Kimberly Kiefer Peretti, senior counsel for Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section with the U.S. Department of Justice; and Ed Lowery, assistant special agent in charge, U.S. Secret Service;
  • “A View from the Front Line: Results of The State of Cybersecurity from the Chief Information Security Officer’s Perspective” featuring representatives from Cisco, the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and (ISC)2, who will discuss the results from the first-ever in-depth survey of federal CISOs and senior security managers;
  • “Critical Infrastructure Protection: The Ins and Outs from an Insider” led by Michael Assante, CISO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), who will discuss the threats to our 1,800 power grids across the U.S.; and
  • “Information Management: Information as a Strategic Asset in the 21st Century” led by Karen Evans, former administrator, E-Government and Information Technology, Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, who will look at how information should be managed and protected to ensure the U.S. can maintain its leadership and innovation in the global economy.

“This year’s program is characterized by the evolving legislative, economic and threat environments impacting the federal information security community in and around the Beltway,” said Eric Green, global development, (ISC)2 Events. “Conference attendees from government and industry will gain perspective on how to address the next wave of transition and its challenges from prominent industry councils, public-private partnerships and thought leaders with a vision for the future.”

SecureAmericas is part of (ISC)2’s Security Leadership Series, a year-round program that provides information security professionals worldwide the chance to advance their knowledge on emerging security issues while interacting with leading industry experts and expanding their peer networks. (ISC)² certified members may also earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Members of the press are invited to attend SecureAmericas 2009. To register, please contact Irene Fisher, logistics and operations, (ISC)2 Americas Events, at [email protected] or p. 703-637-4425. For more details on the Security Leadership Series and other (ISC)² Events, please visit www.isc2.org/events.

About (ISC)²

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)] is the globally recognized Gold Standard for certifying information security professionals. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, (ISC)2 has now certified over 60,000 information security professionals in more than 130 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®) and related concentrations, Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLPCM), Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP®), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to those meeting necessary competency requirements. (ISC)² CISSP and related concentrations, CAP, and the SSCP certifications 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®, a compendium of information security topics, and is responsible for the (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study. More information is available at www.isc2.org.

© 2009, (ISC)2 Inc. (ISC)², CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP, ISSEP, CAP, SSCP and CBK are registered marks and CSSLP is a service mark of (ISC)², Inc.

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