(ISC)² And NCS To Raise The Region's IT Security Competency Through Certification Programme

Singapore, January 15, 2003

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² announces today the appointment of National Computer Systems Pte Ltd (NCS) as its strategic partner in Singapore, Malaysia and China. (ISC)² is a non-profit industry consortium dedicated to training and certifying information systems security professionals and practitioners worldwide.

(ISC)² is a widely-recognised IT security professional certification. Over the last 12 months, the number of CISSPs in the world has almost doubled to over 12,000, and has been touted as the industry's de facto professional certification. As a leading IT and engineering services provider in the region, NCS recognises the importance of professional certification for IT security practitioners as a means to gauge the proficiency and uphold the service integrity expected of the profession.

It will promote (ISC)²'s Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) review seminars and host the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) exams in Singapore, Malaysia and China. Both NCS and (ISC)² will continually keep the programmes up-to-date and relevant to market requirements. Registration for these programs and review seminars is open with immediate effect.

"NCS is a highly respected leader in providing IT services throughout Asia Pacific, including high-quality information security training,” says James E. Duffy, CISSP, Executive Director of (ISC)². "We are pleased to be working with them to meet the demand for well-trained, credentialed security professionals in the region.”

To further highlight the importance of IT Security, (ISC)² and NCS, in conjunction with their partners, will hold a regional IT Security Symposium in Singapore in the first half of 2003. The symposium will comprise both management and technical tracks targeted at senior management, CISSPs and their security associates in the region. This will be the first time (ISC)² is holding such a symposium in Asia.

Says Mr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, NCS, "Just as technology has become increasingly sophisticated, threats to IT security have also evolved to become more complex and challenging. The need to maintain a high standard of competency among IT security professionals has never been more crucial. Through the CISSP and SSCP certification programmes and the Common Body of Knowledge review seminars, NCS is delighted to be working with (ISC)² towards raising the bar of IT security in Singapore and the region.”

Singapore has an excellent IT, logistics, financial, communications and knowledge infrastructure as well as a pool of high quality IT systems security personnel. It is thus not only well positioned to be a trusted hub for IT security services, but also business continuity planning and disaster recovery activities. Realising the critical role of business continuity and IT systems security professionals, specialist training providers and industry leaders such as (ISC)² and NCS, together with the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB), have initiated projects to meet the growing demand for certified professionals in these areas.

Says Mr Teo Ming Kian, Chairman, EDB: "In today's dynamic business environment, IT systems security and business continuity play a key role to ensure continuity of companies' business processes in unforeseen circumstances which makes the facility or system inoperable or inaccessible. The availability of highly skilled trained professionals is thus of utmost concern. The alliance between (ISC)² and NCS will be instrumental in training and certifying IT systems security professionals to meet the needs of industry. I understand that this programme coupled with existing courses will more than double the number of trained and certified IT system security professionals in Singapore to over 500 by end 2003. The presence of a skilled pool of competent IT system security professionals will enhance Singapore's attraction as a compelling trusted and secured hub for business.”

The National Infocomm Competency Centre (NICC), the accreditation body for Infocomm certifications in the region, recognises the value of (ISC)2 certification programmes. Working in conjunction with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, NICC also facilitates the administration of the Critical Information Technology Resource Programme (CITREP) to offer funding support against the fees associated with attaining the certifications.

The endorsement of CISSP under CITREP also serves to signify the importance of IT security skills in the development of the Infocomm workforce. Says Mr Alex Siow, Chairman, NICC, "NICC places great emphasis on the importance of continual education and skills development of IT security professionals. We are pleased that (ISC)2 and NCS have joined hands to promote the development and recognition of IT security professionals in this region. We encourage all IT security professionals to be certified through these development and certification programmes. Certification is the key for all IT professionals to remain competitive and stay relevant in this fast paced industry."

NCS is (ISC)²'s exclusive strategic partner in Singapore and Malaysia and will be an integral part of (ISC)²'s strategy to expand the CISSP into China. For registration details and other information on the programmes, please visit http://www.certcentral.ncs.com.sg

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