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(ISC)2 Volunteer Opportunities

By Lawrence C. Miller, Peter H. Gregory

The International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 is much more than a certifying organization: It’s a cause. It’s security professionals’ raison d’être, the reason you exist — professionally, anyway. As one of the group, consider throwing your weight into the cause.

Volunteers have made (ISC)2 what it is today and contribute toward your certification. You can’t stand on the sidelines and watch others do the work. Use your talents to help those who’ll come after you. You can help in many ways. For information about volunteering, see the (ISC)2 website.

Most sanctioned (ISC)2 volunteer activities are eligible for CPE credits. Check with (ISC)2 for details.

Writing certification exam questions

The state of technology, laws, and practices within the (ISC)2 Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) is continually changing and advancing. In order to be effective and relevant, CISSP exams need to have exam questions that reflect how security is done today. Therefore, people working in the industry — such as you — need to write new questions. If you’re interested in being a question writer, visit the (ISC)2 website and apply.

Speaking at events

(ISC)2 now holds more security-related events around the world than it has at any other time in its history. More often than not, (ISC)2 speakers are local volunteers — experts in their professions who want to share with others what they know and have learned. If you have an area of expertise or a unique perspective on CISSP-related issues, consider educating others with a speaking engagement. For more information, visit the (ISC)2 website.

Read and contribute to (ISC)2 publications

The InfoSecurity Professional digital magazine benefits from articles submitted by (ISC)2 members. The entire security community benefits by reading about what others have discovered. Find the magazine online.

(ISC)2 publishes a quarterly online magazine called INSIGHTS that is associated with InfoSecurity Professional.

The (ISC)2 Blog is a free online publication for all (ISC)2 members.

The (ISC)2 Journal is a fee-based publication that’s published bimonthly. Find information about subscribing and writing articles on the journal’s home page. The annual subscription is currently U.S. $45.

Support the (ISC)2 Center for Cyber Safety and Education

The (ISC)2 Foundation, now known as the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, is a non-profit charity formed by (ISC)2 in 2011. The Center is a conduit through which security professionals can reach society and empower students, teachers, and the general public to secure their online life with cybersecurity education and awareness programs in the community.

The Center for Cyber Safety and Education was formed to meet those needs, and to expand altruistic programs, such as Safe and Secure Online, the Information Security Scholarship Program, and industry research — the Center’s three core programs.

Participating in (ISC)2 focus groups

(ISC)2 has developed focus groups and quality assurance (QA) testing opportunities. (ISC)2 is developing new services, and it needs to receive early feedback during the requirements and design phases of its projects. By participating in these groups and tests, you can influence future (ISC)2 services that will aid current and future certification holders.

Get involved with a CISSP study group

Many communities have CISSP study groups that consist of volunteer mentors and instructors who help those who want to earn the certification.

If your community doesn’t have a CISSP study group, consider starting one. Many communities have them already, and the organizers there can give you advice on how to start your own.

Help others learn more about data security

A legion of volunteer opportunities is available out there to help others keep their computers (and mobile computing devices) secure and to use the Internet safely. Here is a very short list of places where you can help:

  • Service clubs
  • Senior centers
  • Schools
  • Your place of employment

Using a little imagination, you can certainly come up with additional opportunities. The world is hungry for the information you possess!