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New Certification Security Council Tackles IT Test Piracy

Chicago, Illinois, February 15, 2002 — A new industry group representing many of the global IT Certification providers has announced that it will address some of the most pressing issues in IT - in particular those that affect the identification and hiring of skilled IT workers. The IT Certification Security Council (ITCSC) will tackle key issues such as test security, test content protection and test procedure management, which are crucial to the continued growth and success of the IT sector.

By maintaining stringent controls in test administration and fostering the highest standards of ethics, the Council will ensure the continued integrity of IT exams and their value to individuals and the companies that hire them.

“With the ever-increasing demand for skilled IT professionals, certifications are critical to the industry as a means of validating professional skills when making hiring and promotion decisions,” said Robert Stewart, general manager of Microsoft training and certification. “The members of the ITCSC will help to ensure that certification remains a reliable method for employees, IT managers and channel partners to make sound hiring decisions and continue to bolster the high-tech industry.”

“IT certifications are highly valued and therefore sometimes a target for piracy,” said Fran Linhart, director of certifications for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). “The ITCSC is committed to protecting these credentials, for individuals and employers, and to promoting industry best practices in IT certification security worldwide.”

ITCSC members create, publish, deliver, and support approximately 96 percent of all secured IT exams delivered around the world. Initial participants of the ITCSC, who will lead the way to preserve the long-term value of certifications, include: the Association of Test Publishers, the Chauncey Group International, Cisco Systems, CompTIA, EMC Corp., Galton Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lotus, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, Prometric Thomson Learning, ProsoftTraining, Sun Microsystems and VUE.

The ITCSC meets regularly with representatives from the certification and testing industry to define and promote processes, procedures and practices within the industry. Through this collaborative process, even among competitors, ITCSC can establish new and improved practices and guidelines to ensure that IT certification credentials are delivered securely for the benefit of certification candidates and the organizations that certify them.

Established in 2001, the IT Certification Security Council (ITCSC) is a unique collaborative organization dedicated to protecting the value of IT Certification exams through anti-piracy and educational campaigns. The organization offers a wide range of services to both the IT certification test publisher and test delivery organizations. More information on IT Certification Security Council (ITCSC) is available at www.certsecurity.org.

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