UKI and Examplify Officially Launch the Social Media Security Professional (SMSP) Certification Powered by CompTIA

  UKI and Examplify Officially Launch the Social Media Security Professional
                   (SMSP) Certification Powered by CompTIA

In response to the recent onslaught of high profile social networking attacks,
UKI releases the IT industry's first and most comprehensive SMSP certification
program to validate IT Professionals' readiness to defend organizations from
social networking breaches

PR Newswire

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., April 9, 2013

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ultimate
Knowledge Institute (UKI), in partnership with CompTIA's wholly –owned
subsidiary, Examplify, today announced the launch of the Social Media Security
Professional (SMSP) certification exam powered by CompTIA. This new
certification program focuses on the security threats emerging from social
networking platforms, validating the knowledge and skills of the next
generation of IT security professionals to protect their organizations'
intellectual property and brand reputation from hackers.


The SMSP Certification exam tests candidates' knowledge and skills in the
areas of social media technical composition, risks, security and incident
response, and social media policy framework, including terms of service and
privacy statements. Candidates can prepare for this exam by attending an
official training course administered by Ultimate Knowledge Institute's (UKI)
Authorized Training Partners (ATPs), or they can opt to challenge the exam
without official training.

"The SMSP certification is unique because it focuses on technical granularity
specific to social media platforms such as cross-site scripting, socware
(social media malware), phishing, data profiling, geo-tagging, and evil twin
attacks," said Dr. Scott A. Wells UKI co-founder."The SMSP certification is
designed to close the growing skills gap for cybersecurity professionals who
specialize in identifying and mitigating social media risk. The recent
breaches of Burger King and Jeeps' Twitter accounts help illustrate that
organizations of all sizes are highly susceptible to security attacks through
social networking platforms and we need to have skilled workforce ready to
prevent such attacks."

The increasingly sophisticated social media attacks worry IT professionals.
Recent studies by Sourcefire, McAfee, Forrester and Norton have named social
media security among the top three biggest challenges for the information
assurance industry in 2013. The urgency to address the growing security risks
is highlighted by Protiviti's "2013 Internal Audit Capabilities and Needs
Survey Report" of more than 1,000 internal auditors. The survey revealed that
43 percent of respondents' organizations have no social media policy and those
that do often fail to address basic security issues.

"From a risk management perspective, this poses significant potential problems
for businesses that can range from reputational risk to IT infrastructure risk
as a result of unchecked exposures to customer, vendor and company
information," said Brian Christensen, executive vice president, global
internal audit, at Protiviti. However, Infosec executives are becoming
increasingly aware of the dangers of social media. In the "2013 IT Priorities
Survey," Protiviti Inc. revealed that CIOs view improved competency in
security for social media as one of their most pressing concerns.

"The worldwide interest in the SMSP beta exam, which was attempted by IS
professionals from Fortune 500 enterprises and government organizations
including Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, SRA International, Wells Fargo, Wyndham
International, US Department of Defense, US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps,
FBI and many others, underscores the need for a global standard for effective
social media security processes and policies," said Tony Akers, UKI
Co-founder. "In order to ensure the highest quality and reliability of the
SMSP exam, we turned to our partners at Examplify to develop the examination

"The social space requires security considerations that go beyond firewalls
and other tools that can be used to minimize risk," said Bryan Kainrath, vice
president, Examplify. "It begins with education, training and certification
such as the SMSP certification, so IT professionals are best prepared to apply
the security expertise and best practices necessary to battle risks associated
with social activities."

The SMSP exam (UK0-001) will be available only through Pearson VUE testing
centers. The certification exam features 65 multiple-choice questions, which
must be completed within 90 minutes. The official SMSP training will be
delivered through live, instructor-led training by UKI's Authorized Partners
including Global Knowledge, SRA International and Great Learning Education
Centre in Hong Kong. To view the training partners and course schedule, visit: Individuals who opt to
challenge the SMSP exam can purchase Pearson VUE exam vouchers through UKI's
online store.

For more information about the SMSP Certification, visit You can contact UKI at or 1-888-677-5696.

About UKI
UKI is an information technology and information security training provider
and the creator of the industry's most comprehensive Social Media Security
Training and Certification program. For the past 15 years, UKI has been the
preferred training partner for the Department of Defense, Federal Agencies,
DOD Contracting Partners, and Fortune 500 companies. UKI is dedicated to
ensuring that students are thoroughly prepared to immediately apply their new
skills to the environment they support. For more information, visit

About Examplify
Examplify, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CompTIA Certifications, LLC, offers
custom, consultative solutions for certification exam programs, including exam
development, candidate managed services, and content development. The
cornerstone of Examplify's success is our commitment to strong partnership
collaborations. Examplify leverages the proven exam expertise and processes of
CompTIA, which has been developing industry-standard, vendor-neutral IT
certifications for more than 20 years. The CompTIA certification portfolio
features 17 credentials, including four ISO 17024 accredited certifications.
The services provided by Examplify are rooted in a validity-centered approach
to exam development and the process follows the best practices outlined by the
professional testing community. For more information, visit

Contact: Steven Ostrowski with Examplify 630-678-8468

SOURCE Examplify

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