Membership of world’s largest non-profit association of certified cyber security professionals surges past 125,000

Membership of (ISC)² has surged past 125,000 certified cyber security professionals worldwide. As demand for skilled security professionals continues to grow exponentially, (ISC)2 certification and continuing education programmes enable cyber security and IT security practitioners to prove their expertise, advance their careers and contribute towards a more secure society.

“We’re extremely proud of reaching the 125,000 membership milestone, but we know there’s a lot more work ahead of us,” explained (ISC)2 CEO David Shearer CISSP. “Technology alone cannot solve our security challenges. We’re facing a global cyber security workforce shortage of 1.8 million people by 2022. Working with our members, Government agencies, academic institutions and others around the world, (ISC)2 is committed to attracting, enabling and retraining the security professionals and IT practitioners we need to solve our biggest security challenges.”

Emmanuel Nicaise CISSP, president of the (ISC)² Belux Chapter, added: “125,000 members is a very large number for a community of dedicated people continuously raising the bar by learning, researching, teaching and sharing their knowledge and skills to make our cyber world safer. Becoming an (ISC)² member is about more than passing an examination. Rather, it’s a commitment to a certain ethic and a continuous improvement in your field.” 

Proof of proficiency

(ISC)2 certifications are globally recognised as proof of proficiency for security professionals, leading to career growth and advancement opportunities. Every day, association members around the world use knowledge gained from (ISC)2 certifications to contribute to all aspects of cyber, information, software, IT and infrastructure security.

(ISC)2 was the first information security certifying body to meet the requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024, which is the leading global benchmark for certifying professionals. The (ISC)2 CISSP, CCSP and SSCP have been accredited against this standard.

*CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) is ideal for security practitioners, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across a wide array of security practices and principles

*CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) is aimed at cyber security and IT professionals such that they can demonstrate awareness and understanding of the very highest standards for cloud security

*SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) is suited to cyber security and IT professionals who represent the hands-on operational side of securing their organisations on a daily basis

“I joined (ISC)2 in 2010 with CISSP certification, and I can honestly say it was one of the most important milestones in my career,” said Martin Simka PhD CISSP of Showmax CEE and secretary of the (ISC)2 Poland Chapter. “The organisation helps me to follow what’s happening in the global security community. Thanks to the local Chapter meetings, I have monthly opportunities to meet with other colleagues from the industry in my region and follow presentations and face-to-face discussions on various security-related topics. Our local and global community has a significant impact on the Continuing Personal Development of certified IT security professionals.”

Collaboration and solutions

“Now more than ever, the cyber security community needs to come together and develop new solutions and strategies to help organisations across the globe in defending their data in what’s an increasingly dangerous online world,” added David Shearer. “That’s exactly what will happen next month at our annual North American Security Congress. We’ll bring the best and brightest minds in cyber security together to explore the issues, threats and other challenges the cyber security profession faces, while also collaborating on creative and actionable solutions that our members can take back to their own organisation in order to better secure their data.”

More than 1,500 (ISC)2 members are expected to attend the Congress in Austin, Texas. Attendees will discuss security trends and issues ranging from cloud security, cyber crime, critical infrastructure, emerging threats and incident response through to governance, regulation and compliance with professional development.

*Learn more about (ISC)2 certifications and the value of membership at www.isc2.org

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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