(ISC)2 Tweaks Recertification Program

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-02-21 Print this article Print

As part of new program, CPE credits submitted from "trusted" sources won't be subjected to audit.

(ISC)2, pledging to help its constituents keep up with recertification needs, yesterday announced a new program wherein CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credits submitted from "trusted" sources wont be subjected to audit. The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, which is based in Framingham, Mass., named Symantec Corp. as the first trusted partner in the new program. (ISC)2 will post Trusted CPE credits to attendees of all Symantec Education Services Webcasts and Seminar Series. (ISC)2 requires that holders of its CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification earn 120 continuing education credits every three years in order to maintain certification. The non-profit organization requires that holders of the SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) certification earn 80 credits every three years.
James Duffy, executive director of (ISC)2, said in a statement that the program will relieve certification holders from having to maintain an audit trail for CPE credits, as long as they come from trusted sources.
Besides Symantec, trusted sources will include professional organizations, recognized educational institutions and commercial sources. Also, CPEs recorded prior to 2003 that were submitted by a trusted source will not require certification holders to retain or submit documentation. Sources that dont qualify for trusted status will be able to continue to offer CPEs, which can be submitted to (ISC)2 for credit evaluation.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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