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WGU information technology student, Gregory Rondot, attended the North America Computer
Audit, Control and Security (CACS) Conference in Las Vegas at the end of April to
receive an award for an extraordinary accomplishment. Gregory tied for earning the
highest-ever score in the world on the June 2007 CISM examination.
The intent of this certification is to provide a common body of knowledge for information
security management. The exam is made up for 200 multiple choice questions and usually
takes four hours to complete. It focuses on information risk management and also
includes material on broader issues such as how to govern information security,
as well as practical issues such as developing and managing an information security
"This award means recognition by my peers internationally and should help me obtain
addition consulting work within the industry," said Gregory. "I am passionate about
building solutions to peoples' problems and my most rewarding engagements are those
when I can develop practical solutions to vexing problems that cost firms time and
money and frustrate staff members."
Gregory owns RondoTech Consulting Inc., in Virginia, which provides training and
consulting services to owners of small and medium-sized businesses, helping them
solve costly IT problems that reduce their firms' profitability. Greg has 15 internationally
recognized certifications in IT security, networking, management and HIPPA compliance,
yet many firms only recognize a university degree as adequate demonstration of competence
in the field.
With that in mind, Gregory decided to pursue a degree. However, being a business
owner and a father, he was left with very little time to attend school. After looking
through many online degree programs he chose WGU to pursue his bachelor of science
in information technology with a security emphasis.
"WGU is uniquely positioned to help active, employed adult students earn a degree
based on skills learned in their personal and professional lives," said Gregory.
"In my first term I completed 47 units which would equal three to four standard
semesters of college work at a traditional school. No other program would have permitted
me to move this quickly through my degree program."
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