Is CISSP the next Certification for you?
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is one of the world’s most valued information technology and information security certifications. Before you jump into this certification you must have some experience in order to be prepared for it. It is better to start with CompTIA Security+ or CompTIA CySA+ to learn the basics and get some work experience.
You could take and pass the CISSP exam, but you won’t earn the certification until you have five years of paid work experience. You can still become an (ISC)² Associate by passing the CISSP certification exam if you don’t have 5 years of paid work experience. CISSP Associates gain exclusive access to (ISC)² career resources and networking groups. To earn your CISSP certification as an Associate, you will have six years to gain the five years of required work experience, while meeting continuing professional education (CPE) requirements.
Why should you get your CISSP Certification?
Do you want to maximize your earning potential? The average CISSP earns (US) $131,030 a year. When you achieve the CISSP it will prove your knowledge of cybersecurity, hands-on cybersecurity experience of at least four years’ paid employment in the industry, and a commitment to a strong code of ethics. Employers value and respect the CISSP certification and the knowledge and experience required to obtain it and it will reflect in your salary.
Do you want to maximize your career potential? The demand for CISSP-qualified personnel is significantly higher than the number of credential holders. And with the (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study indicating a global cyber workforce shortage of over 2.9 million men and women.
Do you want to stand tall among your peers? The CISSP is arduous and difficult to attain. Achieving the CISSP is a proud achievement and demonstrates to the industry and your peers that you are a consummate industry professional with a depth of experience to provide effective cybersecurity leadership and direction for the organization you work for.
Do you want to understand all aspects of the cybersecurity landscape? The CISSP covers the fundamental elements of the entire cybersecurity field – from security and risk management to communication and network security to security testing and operations. It ensures that a certified professional understands all aspects of information security and the overall organizational ecosystem.
Do you want to have demonstrated years of hands-on cybersecurity experience? In order to pass the CISSP assessment, you must have paid hands-on experience in cybersecurity. It must be the equivalent of four years’ full-time work. You also require the endorsement of an existing (ISC)² credential holder who can attest to your experience and good character. CISSP credential holders must complete a continuing professional education program of 120 credits over a three-year period to maintain the certification.
Do you want to stand out as the best of the best? Holding a CISSP is valuable because the certification itself is a product of years of development and research. The CISSP was the first information security credential to meet the strict conditions of the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard. The CISSP also meets the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 8570 IAM Level II/III, IAT Level III, and IASAE Level I/II. In addition, the CISSP serves as a prerequisite to the CISSP-ISSAP and CISSP-ISSEP concentrations, which are the only accredited DoD 8570 IASAE Level III certifications that exist.
Do you want to become a member of the largest association of cybersecurity professionals in the world today? Achieving CISSP certification provides the added benefit of membership in (ISC)², the world’s largest nonprofit association of cybersecurity professionals. More than 140,000 members strong and growing, (ISC)² offers its members professional development courses through the Professional Development Institute (PDI), continuing professional education through industry events such as Secure Summits held around the world, technical webinars discussing areas of developing cybersecurity trends, and benefits such as Member Perks, the (ISC)² Community, and the bimonthly InfoSecurity Professional magazine.
Ready to work toward your CISSP certification?