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QAZI M MISBAHUDDIN AHMED AWARDED TOP INFORMATION SECURITY CREDENTIAL

QAZI M MISBAHUDDIN AHMED AWARDED TOP INFORMATION SECURITY CREDENTIAL

KARACHI, Pakistan. March 14, 2005 -- Qazi Mohammad Misbahuddin Ahmed of Karachi, Pakistan has earned the designation of Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), the premier professional certification for information security experts. The CISSP is awarded by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, a non-profit consortium dedicated to training and certifying information security professionals worldwide.

"In today's security-aware environment, corporations and government agencies are implementing comprehensive information security programs to prevent the network break-ins, virus infections and malicious codes that have become a way of life," said Jim Duffy, managing director of (ISC)2 based in Framingham, Mass. "With this new sense of urgency and mission, the lack of highly trained security professionals is getting a fresh look as an underlying problem in meeting global information security needs."

Security Assessment and Penetration Testing Expert, Qazi Ahmed, is the pioneer of Security Assessment and Penetration Testing services in Pakistan. He has performed several penetration tests, forensic analysis and incident response procedures for many national and multi-national companies. He is currently a member of Network Security Taskforce working under the Technology Resource Mobilization Unit of Ministry of IT&T, Government of Pakistan. He has conducted several workshops for high profile companies and is a regular speaker at many IT events and conferences like E-Merge, IT Expo, ProCOM, ITCN Asia ProQuest and also served as a coordinator and Judge at the ITCN Asia ProQuest Hacking Competition. Qazi Ahmed is routinely called to comment and discuss on IT security events and has been featured on several TV channels like GEO, ARY Digital, Indus News, PTV and newspapers, magazines and newsletters like Spider, @internet, YAHOO!, CISCO, Newsbytes, Wall Street Journal, India Times, Hindustan Times etc. Qazi Ahmed is also credited for finding the most severe security vulnerability ever discovered in Microsoft .NET Passport services affecting millions of people worldwide. Qazi Ahmed also enjoys the membership of renowned worldwide High IQ society, Mensa.

About (ISC)²

Based in Framingham, Mass. with branch offices in London and Hong Kong, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 is the premier organization dedicated to providing information security professionals and practitioners worldwide with the standard for professional certification. Since its inception in 1989, the not-for-profit organization has provided training and certification and has advocated the need for one industry-wide security standard. (ISC)2 provides two forms of certification, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), both unique by requiring years of experience in their field. For more than 10 years (ISC)2 has certified thousands of security professionals in more than 80 countries.

(ISC)² has an extensive client list, including Deloitte & Touche, Washington Mutual Bank, New York Life, the Social Security Administration, Ernst & Young, IBM, the Federal Aviation Administration, Genuity, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, KPMG, the U.S. Department of State, Interliant and Phillip Morris.

(ISC)² partners with several organizations to offer exam and review sessions worldwide, including both the international and domestic chapters of the Information System Security Association (ISSA), MIS Training Institute, the University of Southern California, Singapore Computing Society, City University of Hong Kong, Dongguk University in Seoul, the University of Calgary in Canada, and many others.

More information about (ISC)2 is available at www.isc2.org

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