(ISC)2 To Co-Locate Security Congress With ASIS 2011
(ISC)² the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, will co-locate its first annual (ISC)² Security Congress with the ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 19-22.
The events, which together are anticipated to draw more than 20,000 attendees from around the world, combine to offer dynamic educational programs, interactive networking forums, and 700+ product and service displays across more than 230,000 square feet. General education sessions, networking events, and the exhibit floor are open to registered attendees for either event.
Three days of focused education programs, developed and delivered by ASIS and (ISC)² offer attendees new perspectives and expert insights into current and emerging best practices for the protection of life, property, and information. Informal social events hosted by both organizations provide a productive and effective forum for network-building as practitioners from across the security industry gather to engage in thoughtful dialogue and discussion. A new area on the exhibit floor will be dedicated to innovations in information security solutions.
ASIS certification reviews will be offered Sept. 16-17 for the Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), and Physical Security Professional (PSP) examinations. On Sept. 17-18, a series of (ISC)² credential clinics are scheduled (CISSP, CSSLP, CAP, and SSCP), as well as an official two-day review seminar for both CSSLP and CISSP.
The decision to present a co-located conference and exhibition event evolved out of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in late 2010 by the two global organizations. By way of the MOU, both organizations seek to advance the total security landscape and the convergence of traditional and logical security by leveraging their individual capacities and abilities -- ultimately further enhancing the value of membership for both bodies.
“This agreement reflects the rapidly evolving, converging roles of the information security and traditional security professionals within the global business marketplace,” said ASIS President Raymond T. O’Hara, CPP. “By strategically aligning our organizational resources, our combined memberships of more than 100,000 professionals gain access to core knowledge and best practices across the full spectrum of information and traditional security. The opportunity to connect with one’s security counterpart and to build a solid practitioner network is one of the most valuable benefits to be derived from this relationship.”
“It is ever so clear that the certification and education bodies must work together to better serve this growing security profession,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, CNSS, executive director of (ISC)². “Our goal in working with ASIS is to develop high-quality programs for the broader security community that will further develop a workforce whose skills are in great demand.”
In addition to the cross-promotion of each organization’s respective professional certifications, ASIS and (ISC)² will engage in shared educational programming, develop research, and work co-operatively on legislative issues of mutual interest.