Friday, March 30, 2012

Cyber Security Leaders launch C3


Vendor-neutral global leaders in cyber-security credentials have announced a programme to promote the benefits of certifications in the security world. Cyber-security Credentials Collaborative, or (C3), as it is called, was made public at the RSA® Conference 2012 which the annual conference of cyber-security experts from around the world.


Some of the members of C3 include ASIS International, CompTIA, EC-Council, GIAC, IAPP, IEEE Computer Society, ISACA, (ISC)2 and the NBISE.


“We want IT professionals to be better prepared with proven solutions to validate their cybersecurity skills,” said Rick Bauer, C3 chairman and director, product management, skills certification, CompTIA. “By bringing these credentialing groups together under the C3 banner we can provide a more coherent and disciplined picture of cyber-security certifications and the value these credentials deliver to individual workers and the organizations that employ them.”


Apart from promoting the benefits of certifications, C3 also plans to include research and advocacy, according to Marc Noble, C3 vice chairman.


“We look to sponsor independent research to validate empirically that people who take the time and effort to train and certify themselves make a significant difference in the security posture of an organization,” said Noble, director of government affairs for (ISC)2.  “We’ll be telling our story to legislative and policy-making bodies around the world, and want to invite organizations with a similar shared interest to join us.”


 “We see this as a broad, collaborative initiative open to any organization seeking to improve the preparation, training and credentialing of cybersecurity professionals in the private and public sectors worldwide,” he said.