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ISC2 forms new EMEA advisory board

Information security professionals group launches EMEA region board

ISC2 forms new EMEA advisory board
ISC2 is the world's largest body of certified IT professionals.

ISC2, a global community of information security professionals, is to launch a new advisory board for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

The EAB will co-ordinate ISC2 efforts across the region, which aim to promote the highest standards of information security to governments, industry and special interest groups.

The ISC2 is the largest body of information security professionals worldwide, with 85,000 members in more than 135 countries. The body is responsible for issuing the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSPÒ) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLPÒ), Certified Authorisation Professional (CAPÒ), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCPÒ) credentials.

EAB will co-ordinate cyber security consultation and volunteer support from across the professional community for initiatives aimed at protecting communities from cybercrime; improving the public's ability to defend itself against cyber risks; and addressing the acute shortage of skilled professionals available to meet business and society's current and future requirements in information security.

The group works in areas such as policy development with law enforcement, planning for professional skills and training bodies, co-ordination with academia on integrating IT security skills into qualifications and initiatives on online safety to protect the public.

 "The international professional security community has a significant role to play in the development of our digital society, and we are giving that community a voice through the EAB," said John Colley, CISSP, managing director EMEA, for (ISC)² and co-chair of the (ISC)² EAB.

"Information security has become a top priority, with disparate strategic interest groups and government actions proliferating at a rate that risks real confusion. As the largest body behind one of the first professions to develop at an international level, we have a great opportunity to build on foundations of recognised, internationally accepted principals of practice while offering input that can be politically agnostic and relevant across national borders," he added.

"We are responding to our membership's overwhelming desire to give back to society, while addressing a significant consultation gap in public and industry-led efforts to address cyber security issues," commented Richard Nealon, CISSP-ISSMP, who is an elected member of the (ISC)² Board of Directors and will co-chair the EAB with John Colley. "The current instinct is to consult big industry and vendors with very few discussions actually including the information security professionals tackling the issues at hand. The EAB will work to balance the perspective."

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