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Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Announces ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2007
CONTACT: Jeff Frisk
Director of GIAC, The Global Information Assurance Certification Program
(808) 822-4570
jfrisk@giac.org
www.giac.org

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Announces
ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation

GIAC Achieves International Standards of Excellence

(Bethesda, Maryland) December 17, 2007. The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) program, a SANS Institute affiliate, announces it has achieved accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Personnel Certification Accreditation standard. This worldwide benchmark of excellence validates that GIAC is a responsible, fair, and quality oriented testing and certification-granting organization within the high-stakes Testing and Certification industry.

GIAC is one of the first organizations to achieve this accreditation in the IT industry. By achieving this status, GIAC demonstrates a commitment to processes and procedures that adhere to an international standard of excellence. Stephen Northcutt, Chairman of GIAC's Board of Directors, states, "To be honest, it was a lot of work and we implemented some process changes that will increase our costs. Change is never easy, and the initial reaction from many of our alumni was not entirely positive. However, I am very impressed with the quality of the GIAC program and I believe after the initial shock of change begins to wear off, GIAC alumni will appreciate the increase in value that ANSI/ISO accreditation conveys to the GIAC Trustmark. It is good for our customer, good for the community, and good for the role of certification; what's not to like?"

The GIAC program has certified nearly 20,000 Information Technology (IT) Security professionals over the past seven years. The program offers over 20 individual certifications that uniquely correspond to specific job duties and skill sets within the IT Security industry, and many GIAC certifications support the goals of the Department of Defense 8570 directive (http://www.giac.org/certifications/dod8570.php). DoD Directive 8570 provides guidance and procedures for the training, certification, management, and reporting metrics of the DoD workforce conducting Information Assurance functions in assigned duty positions.

"GIAC's 17024 ANSI accreditation proves to the world what those who have certified through GIAC over the years already know: GIAC runs a quality, community-oriented organization, and the bottom line is that holders of a GIAC certification are people who can get the job done," comments Dr. Eric Cole, a leader in the IT Security field.

About ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation. The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) and the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) have developed a global, voluntary benchmark for organizations responsible for certification of personnel. Fully enacted on April 1, 2003, this international standard (ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024) was designed to harmonize the personnel certification process worldwide and create a more cost-effective global standard for workers. ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, officially entitled "General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons," plays a prominent role in facilitating global standardization of the certification community, enhancing consistency, and protecting consumers.

About GIAC. Founded in 1999, the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) (www.giac.org) provides IT security professionals with certification in the areas of security administration, management, operations, legal, audit, and software security. GIAC has certified nearly 20,000 IT Security professionals and assures and validates that certified individuals have practical awareness, knowledge, and skills in key areas of computer, network, and software security. Its certifications and are trusted by thousands of companies and government agencies, including the United States National Security Agency (NSA).

SANS (www.sans.org) was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs reach more than 165,000 security professionals, auditors, system administrators, and network administrators who share the lessons they are learning and jointly find solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in government agencies, corporations, and universities around the world who invest hundreds of hours each year in research and teaching to help the entire information security community.

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