April 5, 2012—Marking a significant milestone in its effort to improve and enrich its certification programs, the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) CERT® Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) certification program has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. ANSI’s accreditation program is based on the American National Standard (ANS) and international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024. The CERT-CSIH program is the first SEI certification to receive ANSI/ISO/IEC accreditation.
“ANSI commends the SEI for achieving accreditation and demonstrating its commitment to the continual improvement of its credentialing program,” said Dr. Roy Swift, senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs at ANSI. “Accreditation by ANSI demonstrates compliance to a rigorous, internationally recognized accreditation process and creates a valuable market distinction for the SEI’s CERT-CSIH certification.”
The CERT-CSIH certification program prepares computer security incident response personnel, and other information security professionals, to participate in incident handling efforts. It also teaches them how to keep their organizations current on innovations and trends in computer security. The CERT-CSIH certification incorporates work experience, an examination, and renewal requirements.
“The SEI certification program has for years equipped computer security professionals with the skills to participate in incident handling efforts,” said Jeff Welch, manager of the SEI certification program. “We are proud of our accreditation from ANSI and the additional confidence it can provide to our communities and the professionals who earn our certifications .”
The SEI certification program offers certifications and authorizations in process improvement, computer security, measurement and analysis, software architecture, and service-oriented architecture. For more information about the SEI's CERT-CSIH program, visit www.sei.cmu.edu/certification/security/csih.
Important Change to the CERT-CSIH Certification
In 2012, the CERT-CSIH earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies for compliance with the US DoD 8570 Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. However, please note that as of August 1, 2013 the SEI will discontinue its ANSI accreditation and the CERT-CSIH will no longer be an approved DoD 8570 baseline certification. Effective immediately, those professionals seeking to complete the CERT-CSIH program in order to fulfill the DoD 8570 requirement should search for a different certification to be in compliance. The SEI will continue to offer the CERT-CSIH certification program, including the exam, for all others seeking this relevant, professional development credential.
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