ASIS, (ISC) 2 to co-locate annual conferences

ASIS International announced Thursday that (ISC) 2, a non-profit membership body for information security professionals, has decided to co-locate its first annual (ISC) 2 Security Congress with ASIS 2011, which is scheduled to be held in September in Orlando, Florida.

According to a statement, the decision to co-locate the conferences evolved out of a memorandum of understanding signed in late 2010 by the two organizations.

"This agreement reflects the rapidly evolving, converging roles of the information security and traditional security professionals within the global business marketplace," said ASIS President Raymond T. O’Hara, CPP. "By strategically aligning our organizational resources, our combined memberships of more than 100,000 professionals gain access to core knowledge and best practices across the full spectrum of information and traditional security. The opportunity to connect with one’s security counterpart and to build a solid practitioner network is one of the most valuable benefits to be derived from this relationship."

The conference and exhibition will feature three days of educations programs from the two security organizations that will provide attendees with insights and perspectives on industry best practices. In addition, a new area on the exhibit floor will be dedicated to information security solutions.

"It is ever so clear that the certification and education bodies must work together to better serve this growing security profession," said W. Hord Tipton, executive director of (ISC) 2. "Our goal in working with ASIS is to develop high-quality programs for the broader security community that will further develop a workforce whose skills are in great demand."