(ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity Receives Best Professional Certification Award at SC Awards Europe 2023

July 9, 2023

Key Takeaways:

  • (ISC)², the world’s largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals, has been awarded the Best Professional Training or Certification Program at the 2023 SC Awards Europe for its Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) certification.
  • The judges commended Certified in Cybersecurity for its accessibility to individuals with non-technical backgrounds, providing them with the opportunity to enter the cybersecurity field. The certification also instills confidence in employers regarding the skills and knowledge of potential candidates.
  • The award highlights the value of Certified in Cybersecurity in making cybersecurity careers more accessible to individuals in the UK and around the world.


(ISC)², the leading nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals, has been honored with the Best Professional Training or Certification Program award at the 2023 SC Awards Europe. The recognition was announced during the SC Awards Europe ceremony held in London on June 20, 2023. The award specifically acknowledges (ISC)²’s Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) certification program.

Accessibility and Value of Certified in Cybersecurity

The judges praised Certified in Cybersecurity for being one of the few certifications designed to cater to individuals with non-technical backgrounds who aspire to pursue a career in cybersecurity. The program is celebrated for its accessibility to newcomers without direct IT experience, providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge while instilling confidence in employers regarding their capabilities.

Expressing delight at the award, Ed Parsons, Regional Managing Director for the UK and Europe at (ISC)², acknowledged the significance of the recognition for all members and candidates who have earned the Certified in Cybersecurity certification. Parsons stated, “Industry recognition from a respected industry source like SC Media further underscores the value Certified in Cybersecurity has for individuals and employers, as well as how the certification is making a cybersecurity career more accessible to more people in the UK and around the world.”

Recognizing Excellence in Professional Training and Certification

The winners in the Best Professional Training or Certification Program category were selected by a panel of cybersecurity practitioners, industry experts, and business leaders from the private sector and government agencies. This esteemed recognition emphasizes (ISC)²’s commitment to advancing the cybersecurity industry and addressing the global shortage of skilled professionals.

Expanding Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers

The Certified in Cybersecurity Certification program has witnessed significant growth, with over 21,000 individuals becoming certified since August 2022. This remarkable growth highlights the importance of creating diverse pathways into the industry to attract entry-level professionals.

Eric Turner, Systems Integration Developer at MSD of Warren Township, shared his experience, stating, “I’m switching career paths to move into cybersecurity. The (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level certification is another great way to demonstrate my knowledge.”

Joining the Certified in Cybersecurity Certification Program

For those interested in obtaining the (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity certification, detailed information can be found at https://www.isc2.org/Certifications/CC. To begin the journey towards becoming a Certified in Cybersecurity certification holder, individuals can sign up as an (ISC)² Candidate here.

About (ISC)²

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association dedicated to creating a safe and secure cyber world. Renowned for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)² offers a comprehensive portfolio of credentials that encompass a pragmatic approach to security. The association boasts a community of over 365,000 certified cyber, information, software, and infrastructure security professionals who are actively contributing to the industry. (ISC)²’s vision is supported by its commitment to educate and engage the general public through its charitable foundation, The Center for Cyber Safety and Education™. To learn more about (ISC)², visit www.isc2.org or follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

© 2023 (ISC)² Inc., (ISC)², CISSP, SSCP, CCSP, CGRC, CSSLP, HCISPP, CISSP-ISSAP, CISSP-ISSEP, CISSP-ISSMP, and CBK are registered marks, and CC is a service mark of (ISC)², Inc.


The recognition of (ISC)²’s Certified in Cybersecurity as the Best Professional Certification Program at the 2023 SC Awards Europe underscores its commitment to addressing the global cybersecurity skills shortage. The certification’s accessibility to individuals with non-technical backgrounds and its value in enhancing the confidence of employers were key factors in receiving this prestigious award. With the Certified in Cybersecurity program opening up new pathways to the cybersecurity industry, (ISC)² continues to make significant contributions to the field, ensuring a safe and secure cyber world.

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