BLOOMINGTON, Minn., July 10, 2003 — Julie Wineberg, vice president of Client Services for Pearson VUE, was elected chairperson of the Information Technology Certification Security Council. The ITCSC is an IT industry group that addresses key issues such as IT certification exam security, protection of exam content and secure test procedure management. Pearson VUE is the electronic testing business of Pearson Education.
The council works to ensure the continued integrity of IT exams and their value to individuals and the companies that hire them. ITCSC participants include representatives from the Association of Test Publishers, Cisco Systems, CompTIA, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft Corporation, Novell, LPI, Oracle, Pearson VUE, Thomson Prometric and Prosoft Training, among others. Wineberg joined the ITCSC at its inception in January 2002, and for the past year chaired the Membership, Governance and Enforcement Committee. The Membership, Governance and Enforcement Committee was recognized by the outgoing chair for its prolific activities and accomplishments.
“Julie Wineberg brings to the council the ideal combination of skills and experience to help the ITCSC promote and protect the integrity and value of IT certifications. Test takers, employers and the industry at large will benefit from her efforts to enhance security, raise standards for testing and increase public awareness of the true cost of piracy and cheating,” said Greg Alderson, director of CDDG Operations, Microsoft Corporation.
“One of the goals of the ITCSC this year is to raise awareness. Not everyone understands their role in protecting exam content and the ITCSC wants to educate people as to how their actions can unintentionally compromise the value of a certification. We’re also sending a message to individuals and groups who intentionally cheat that we’re watching and will take action where appropriate,” said Wineberg.
Wineberg has 14 years of computer-based testing experience in the IT industry. In 1998 she created the Channel Operations department at Pearson VUE (then known as VUE), and mandated a focus on quality and security in the authorized testing channel. She now leads all quality and security endeavors for the 3,400 strong Pearson VUE™ Authorized Center channel and the 200+ Pearson VUE-owned and -operated Pearson Professional Centers. Information about Pearson VUE can be found at www.pearsonvue.com.
Established in 2001, the IT Certification Security Council (ITCSC) is a unique collaborative organization dedicated to protecting the value of IT Certification exams through anti-piracy and educational campaigns. The organization offers a wide range of services to both the IT certification test publisher and test delivery organizations. More information on the IT Certification Security Council (ITCSC) is available at www.certsecurity.org.