Career development and elevation go hand-in-hand over the duration of a professional’s career. During this time there are three recognizable and direct contributing factors; in order of traditional achievement these are:
- academic achievements e.g.. undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees;
- professional experience; and
- professional certifications.
These three are the impetus of professional advancement.
What is the Forum doing to support members on this?
The Information Security Leadership Forum has launch personnel certification services. As this service evolves, it will include alignment with ISO 22301, ISO 27001, ISO 27005/31000, ISO 29100, and our own Information Security Program Framework. To ensure the integrity of this service, we have developed processes and procedures in conformance with ISO 17024
How will this affect Forum members?
First and foremost, what it won’t do, is affect your pocket book. The cost of all training services published by the Forum will will include the certification exam and application fees.
Additionally, it enhance your experience as you continue to enjoy attending great Leadership Forum events, you will now receive formal recognition for your investment of time and money in training programs offered by the Forum, which you participate in.
What about ongoing certification maintenance costs?
Like all certifications, there is a cost to the administrators of the program to receive, review and validate program participants continue to meet the ongoing experience and educational requirements, as well as other behind the scene activities. As such, the Forum will institute a similar maintenance program with the goal of keeping cost to members as low as possible.
How do member participate in the Forum’s certification program?
There are no special pre-qualifications. All active members of the members who attend Forum events, which offers certification training tracks will automatically enrolled in the program. All fees are included in the price of the event, so there are no additional charges.
How does the Forum administer certification exams?
A lot of time and consideration has gone into this topics, as its impact is significant. Considerations included:
- additional time out to the office for participants;
- time allocation in the Forum event schedules to accommodate;
- the provisioning of additional time for participants to review the material after the end of training;
- administration surrounding the sourcing exam proctors for Forum events;
- the proctoring of the exams; and
When we looked at these issues, we saw a huge impact on our Forum members and added cost. As a result, we invested a substantial amount of time brainstorming and investigating what was being done in the market.
In light of the above, we have established a partnership with an online remote proctoring service provider. This solution integrates identity validation, active monitoring and a virtual secure platform while a member is taking the exam and is used by prominent universities in the United States such as Cambridge and Stamford University. Members can elect to take their exam anytime following the training, or if they are electing to challenge the training without training, anytime they choose 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Further details are provided on course information pages on our site prior to a member’s registration, as well as in follow up correspondence. There is no additional cost to members for this convenient service.