Triple CCIE #8171 R&S, Security, SP - Himawan Nugroho has provided with the most recent "unofficial" worldwide CCIE count as of February 17, 2011.
Dual CCIE #18532 R&S, Security - George Morton then compared Nugroho's "unofficial" count to Cisco's last officially published count on April 30, 2010.
As George Morton has shown above, in just a mere ten month time period the CCIE R&S count dropped by a staggering -1,052, CCIE Storage dropped by -8 and the total worldwide CCIE count dropped by -584.
Troubleshooting section in R&S lab exam was introduced in May 2010. Could it be the reason for the number drop?