ClearStar VP and CIO/CISO, Ken Dawson, Jr., Achieves Certified Information Systems Security Professional Certification

ClearStar, a leading background check technology and service provider, announced today that VP and CIO/CISO, Ken Dawson, Jr., has been awarded the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification. The certification was granted by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium or (ISC)2, the global, not-for-profit leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their career.

CISSPs are information assurance professionals who define the architecture, design, management and/or controls that assure the security of business environments. It was the first certification in the field of information security to meet the stringent requirements of ISO-IEC Standard 17024. The CISSP exam tests one’s competence in the ten CISSP domains of the (ISC)² CBK, which cover critical topics in security today, including risk management, cloud computing, mobile security, application development security and more. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of experience in two of the ten domains.

“The shift to a credit-based world economy has increased the value of personally identifiable information, making it more vulnerable to theft. It is no longer enough for background screening companies to secure the information we store on individuals; we have to make every effort to mitigate financial and reputational risk,” said Dawson. “ClearStar is proud to be a trusted third party and to substantiate that trust through accomplishments like the CISSP certification.”

Securing the professional certification as well as meeting the ongoing requirements to maintain credentials in good standing is ClearStar’s most recent effort in its commitment to background screening security. The company has also established several practices, including an aggressive stance on how information is handled internally, and multiple levels of technological security, including multi-factor authentication, encryption of all data at rest, encryption of sensitive data fields, and secure link email messaging of completed reports to ensure the security of its customer’s information. In addition, the company offers customers comprehensive security awareness training.

“Our commitment to put information security at the forefront of all that we do goes beyond system processes, beyond technology and extends to our people,” said CEO, Robert J. Vale, Jr. “That is why we have an established leadership role dedicated to protecting the information that is entrusted to us and why we felt it was imperative to have that person certified through a program that ensures ongoing competency in security processes.”

About ClearStar
ClearStar, Inc. is an advocate for applicants and a leading and trusted provider of background check technology, strategic services and decision-making information to employers and background screening companies.

ClearStar’s purpose is to help people affirm the truth about themselves and to know the truth about others. A six-time Inc. 5000 honoree and founding member of the National Association of Background Screeners, ClearStar has provided innovative technology solutions to businesses in the human capital management industry from its corporate offices in Alpharetta, Georgia since 1995. For more information about ClearStar, please visit:

About (ISC)2
Headquartered in the United States and with offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. or (ISC)² is the global, not-for-profit leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers. (ISC)2 is recognized for Gold Standard certifications and world class education programs.

(ISC)2 provides vendor-neutral education products, career services, and Gold Standard credentials to professionals in more than 135 countries. (ISC)2 takes pride in their reputation built on trust, integrity, and professionalism. And they’re proud of their membership – an elite network of nearly 90, 000 certified industry professionals worldwide. For more information about (ISC)2, please visit:

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