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 Cybersecurity Credentials Coalition (C3) Featured at ISACA Security Conference 

Rolling Meadows, Illinois, USA (16 October 2014)—Cyberthreats are growing, yet there still is a significant need for skilled professionals who can protect and defend enterprises worldwide. A study by Cisco shows that close to a million positions for cybersecurity professionals remain unfilled. Global IT association ISACA will address the skills crisis at its 2014 North America Information Security and Risk Management (ISRM) conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 19-21 November 2014. The conference will include a Cybersecurity Credentials Coalition (C3) Super Session with the industry’s top information security and privacy certification organizations.

Eddie Schwartz, CISA, CISM, chair of ISACA’s Cybersecurity Task Force, will moderate the panel, which will discuss what enterprises need from professionals and how to equip candidates to effectively fulfill these roles. The goal of the coalition is to determine who is a qualified professional and what qualifications are required for a position in cybersecurity. The coalition panel includes:

  • Terry Erdle, executive vice president of CompTIA
  • Jeff Frisk, GSEC, PMP, director at GIAC, The Global Information Assurance Certification
  • Ron Hale, Ph.D., CISM, chief knowledge officer of ISACA
  • W. Hord Tipton, CISA, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, executive director of ISC2
  • Ira Winkler, CISSP, president of Secure Mentem and president of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)

ISACA will offer sessions for risk and security professionals of all levels at ISRM in the following tracks: Compliance, Privacy, Risk Management and Cybersecurity. Pre- and post-conference workshops will address Forensics in Action, Incident Response for Cyber-based Events, Measuring What Matters, and Effective Information Security Programs.

Keynote Speaker Curtis Levinson CDP, CISSP, MBCP, CCSK, United States cyber defense advisor to NATO, will present “Digital Doomsday—What Happens to Facebook if the World Ends?” Also keynoting is Alec Ross, former senior advisor to then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and author, who will share “Lessons from the Cyber Battlefield.”

“ISRM brings together experts from top organizations around the world to help attendees learn the latest cybersecurity guidance and develop the skills they need in today’s business and IT environment,” said Schwartz. “It is an incredible opportunity to learn from those who are leading the teams at the front lines of the cybersecurity battlefields.”

ISACA is also hosting Cybersecurity Fundamentals Workshops before the conference to prepare candidates for the new Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate, which is particularly relevant for recent college/university graduates and those looking for a career change to cybersecurity.

A majority (88%) of students responding to ISACA’s Student Member Survey plan to work in a position that requires cybersecurity knowledge, however, one in five report that their universities do not offer cybersecurity courses and less than half feel they will have the adequate skills and knowledge when they graduate. ISACA developed the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate program as part of its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) to fill this gap.

Conference attendees can earn up to 32 continuing professional education (CPE) hours. Registration details are at



With more than 115,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA ( helps business and IT leaders build trust in, and value from, information and information systems. Established in 1969, ISACA is the trusted source of knowledge, standards, networking, and career development for information systems audit, assurance, security, risk, privacy and governance professionals. ISACA offers the Cybersecurity Nexus, a comprehensive set of resources for cybersecurity professionals, and COBIT, a business framework that helps enterprises govern and manage their information and technology. ISACA also advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials. The association has more than 200 chapters worldwide.

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