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Information Security Professionals Institute to take on ITPC role

The Institute Of Information Security Professionals (IISP) : 23 January, 2009  (Company News)
Infosec Training Paths and Competencies scheme in the UK to be managed by the IISP from April this year adding certification to the Institute's activities
The Institute is delighted to announce that the UK Government's Infosec Training Paths and Competencies (ITPC) scheme has been working closely with the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) with a view to transferring ITPC operation to the IISP. This transfer will take place with effect from 1st April 2009.

This move is part of the drive for increased professionalism in Information Assurance (IA) in the public sector. It builds on the prior success of ITPC as a competency-based certification, but now allows progression beyond the ITPC level to the recognised accreditation of Full Membership of the IISP (M.Inst.ISP).

There will be a number of transition activities between now and April to fully align processes, but some additional steps will also now be taken by the IISP. For example, the IISP is revising its Associate Membership level so that it is assessed as showing competence at the same level as ITPC. Current ITPC certificate-holders can transfer to this assessed Associate level, but the Institute will also be encouraging them to apply for Full Membership. ITPC also currently confirms proof of a candidate's competence in working in the Government IA environment. The IISP will recognise this by annotating membership for those meeting these criteria as ITPC-compliant, with maintenance of the annotation achieved via appropriate Continuing Professional Development.

The alignment to the IISP offers ITPC candidates considerable advantages in terms of recognition and professional growth, from new entrant to certified practitioner as an Associate Member, to a fully competent senior practitioner as a Full Member, and with further development recognised. At the same time, this will also bring a substantial number of additional candidates into IISP membership, with the potential of further growth across the public sector. Indeed it will allow some timely and productive exchange of experience and best practices between members working in both public and private sectors as we all work to increase professional approaches in our roles.

Most of all, this development represents a significant endorsement of the Institute by the UK Government, in recognising the excellence of the professional standard that the IISP has defined, the rigour of its assessment processes, and the role that we can all play in meeting the IS/IA needs of our organisations through professional development.
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