UKI Unveils the IT Industry’s First Social Media Security Certification Powered by CompTIA for Information Security Professionals
The new Social Media Security Professional (SMSP) Certification closes the growing cybersecurity skills gap by designating IT professionals with knowledge and tools to protect organizations from social networking security breaches.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
The Ultimate Knowledge Institute (UKI), a leading information technology and information security training organization with over 25,000 trained professionals, responds to market demands for social media security standards by introducing a new training and certification program: The Social Media Security Professional (SMSP) Certification. Powered by CompTIA, this new certification recognizes an individual's ability to mitigate social networking risks and respond to security incidents. Certified professionals will help guide the development of organizational social media personnel security policy.
The SMSP Beta Exam, developed by CompTIA’s for-profit subsidiary Examplify, will be available starting September 17, 2012. Candidates can prepare for the exam by attending an official social media security training course, or they can opt to challenge the exam without official training.
“We conducted extensive research and found that organizations are struggling to properly secure their critical information from social media hackers, and there is a startling lack of professionals with expertise in identifying and mitigating social media security risks.” said Dr. Scott A. Wells, UKI co-founder. “Businesses and government agencies around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the risks involved in social networking, and are looking for experts with verified skills to help them accomplish business objectives by protecting the organizations’ core assets.”
The growing concerns over social media security are reflected in a 2012 RIMS Benchmark Survey, where 60 percent of risk managers identified social media as both an asset and a liability to their organization. According to the 2011 Barracuda Labs report Social Networking Security & Privacy, 86 percent of respondents fear that employee use of social media networks can endanger company security. Furthermore, in a recently published Gartner report, 60 percent of corporations revealed that they plan to monitor social media channels by 2015 to minimize security breaches.
“Having a current and diversified set of skills that differentiates one from peers is important in order to excel in today’s complex risk landscape and become an indispensable part of the infosec team.” said Tony Akers, UKI co-founder. “UKI’s strong training development background combined with CompTIA’s experience in exam development offer a credible and reliable way to validate the skills of individuals taking the exams in the exploding IT arena of social media.”
“In building the new SMSP certification, CompTIA’s for profit subsidiary, Examplify is leveraging the proven exam expertise and processes of CompTIA, which has been developing industry-standard, vendor-neutral IT certifications for 20 years,” said Bryan Kainrath, vice president, Examplify. “From exam development and test delivery, to exam maintenance and ISO process guidance, Examplify is committed to providing exams of the highest quality, relevance and accuracy. With the SMSP certification, we want organizations to feel assured that their certified IT staff know how to manage the security threats presented by social media.”
The SMSP certification was designed for IT professionals in job functions such as information security, systems and network administrators, security architects and engineers, and any other information security role.
Individuals who take the SMSP beta exam will help determine the passing score for the SMSP certification through their participation, and will be eligible to obtain the certification upon successful completion of the exam. The beta phase is expected to be finalized before the end of October 2012, and the exam is scheduled to be in the market January 2013.
For more information about the SMSP Certification and to register for training and beta exam, visit http://www.ultimateknowledge.com. You can contact UKI at info(at)ultimateknowledge(dot)com or 1-888-677-5696.
UKI is an information technology and information security training provider and the creator of the industry’s most comprehensive Social Media Security Training and Certification program. For the past 15 years, UKI has been the preferred training partner for the Department of Defense, Federal Agencies, DOD Contracting Partners, and Fortune 500 companies. UKI has trained almost 25,000 professionals to obtain the industry's most sought after certifications, including Microsoft MCITP, MCTS; Cisco CCNA, CCSP, CCNP; CompTIA Security+, Network+; ISC2 CISSP; ISACA CISA, CISM; EC-Council CEHv7, CHFI; ITIL and PMI. UKI trains Department of Defense personnel to fulfill the strict certification requirements of Directive 8570.1 and 8570.1M. UKI provides standardized and customized training solutions to meet clients’ emerging needs and is dedicated to ensuring that students are thoroughly prepared to immediately apply their new skills to the environment they support. For more information visit http://www.ultimateknowledge.com
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information on CompTIA certifications, visit http://certification.comptia.org/home.aspx.
As a subsidiary of CompTIA, Examplify answers the global demand for custom certifications within organizations. Beyond developing custom exams, Examplify offers managed exam services, test development consulting, and exam quality control maintenance. For more information on its services and partners, visit http://www.examplify.com.
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