Tue, Aug 28, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Taiwanese wins second straight ISC2 scholarship

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

A doctoral candidate from National Taiwan University's (NTU) Institute of Information Management has been named as a winner of the prestigious scholarship awarded by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 this year.

Tsang Po-hao (臧柏皓), one of the eight winners of the ISC2 Information Security Scholarship Program, has won US$12,500 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research in information security.

Tsang, who is the only person in the country to have received the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credentials, will be presented with the scholarship in a ceremony to be held in Tokyo in mid-November.

This is the second year in a row that Tsang has won the scholarship, the only person in Asia to do so. The other recipients of this year's scholarships come from Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, the US, Britain and Italy.

Tsang said he was elated to win the scholarship again because it not only recognizes his contribution to research in risk and survivability analysis but provides valuable financial assistance to allow him to continue his work.

Tsang is currently conducting advanced research under the supervision of NTU professor Lin Yung-sung (林永松). He was also included in the Marquis 10th Anniversary Edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

The ISC2 scholarship program was launched four years ago to recognize the groundbreaking information security research being conducted at universities around the world.

"The quality and diversity of this year's recipients reflect the high caliber of individuals around the world who are moving information security forward, " said Ed Zeitler, executive director of ISC2.

"We are all fortunate to have such outstanding, dedicated people conducting such groundbreaking research for the protection of society. ISC2 is honored to present the 2007 scholarships to these extraordinary students," he said.

Palm Harbor, Florida-based ISC2 is the internationally recognized gold standard for certifying information security professionals.

Founded in 1989, the organization has certified more than 50,000 information security professionals in 129 countries.

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