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Foundation Established For Community Education in Cyber Security

ISC Squared : 23 September, 2011  (Company News)
ISC-Squared sets up charitable foundation for disseminating cyber security awareness programs to communities worldwide
(ISC)2 (ISC-squared) has formed the (ISC)² Foundation, a new charitable organization dedicated to delivering education and awareness programs to communities around the globe to make the cyber world a safer place for everyone. The (ISC)² Foundation will offer programs that leverage the unique skill sets of information security professionals everywhere to give back to the community and grow the pipeline of the next generation of qualified information security professionals.

The Foundation is focused on three core areas: community/end-user education, scholarships and industry research. The organization encourages community service and engagement that will have a long-term impact on communities by supporting online security education programs for children, parents and teachers. The Foundation is also dedicated to building the next generation of information security professionals, with scholarships aimed at students from high school through the post-graduate level.  Finally, it supports research that illuminates the information security issues facing governments, private industry, educators, the information security profession and society. Lawmakers and policy development professionals will also benefit from this research.

“There is an immediate need from the public to better understand information security safety issues, and unfortunately to date, there have only been a few avenues they can turn to for valuable, trusted information. We created the (ISC)2 Foundation to deepen the impact of our social responsibility programs by creating an entity that is dedicated to giving back to the community,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)2. “With the Foundation, we will keep more children safe from online predators, send more promising young people to school, and conduct more research that leads to public policy initiatives in support of our industry.”

More specifically, the Foundation will drive (ISC)²’s existing goodwill programs, including:

* Safe and Secure Online – A free public service that places certified information security experts in classrooms to teach children ages 7-14 to protect themselves online and to become responsible digital citizens, consisting of an interactive presentation that addresses timely issues kids are facing, such as cyber bullying, malware, spam, phishing and safe use of social networking. Over 350 active volunteers in Canada, Hong Kong, the UK and the US have reached over 65,000 children in those countries.

* Information Security Scholarship Program – (ISC)² has granted over US$300,000 in scholarships to nearly 30 recipients since 2004, funding research on topics ranging from role-based personnel anomaly detection to mitigation of vulnerabilities in control system code. The Foundation recently expanded the program to offer US$140,000 in grants for men and women at each level of the academic system, including high school, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate.

* Research - The (ISC)² Foundation’s research program tracks and analyzes workforce trends and global threats to cyber security to inform the professional development and certification programs of (ISC)², while helping the media, academics, policymakers and others better understand technology’s impact on society. The Global Information Security Workforce Study, which drew more than 10,000 respondents in 2010, making it the largest study of its kind, reflects the opinions of the dynamic, global information security workforce. Other research programs include the U.S. Federal CISO and Global Career Impact Surveys.

Beneficiaries of the Foundation include parents, teachers, students, anyone considering a career in information security, current professionals and the profession at large. Leading the Foundation as its Director is Julie Peeler. Peeler will oversee fundraising; program development, expansion and implementation; and support services for the Foundation. She will also ensure compliance with state and federal regulations regarding grants, charitable contributions and fund management.

Added Tipton, “Julie has the perfect set of skills for this position, and we are delighted to have someone with her depth of knowledge, experience and leadership ability to manage the new (ISC)2 Foundation. This is an important milestone for (ISC)2, and Julie’s expertise in program management, fiscal stewardship, and background in forging strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 CEOs will ensure that the Foundation benefits from the guidance and community collaboration required to achieve its mission.”
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