The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam is an industry-level certification. It is geared toward candidates who have demonstrated proficiency for cybersecurity positions involving upper-level management, such as information systems security manager (ISSM), security analyst, and chief information security officer. CISSP professionals are heavily focused on existing policies within organizations and will make recommendations to leadership on changes to those policies to better serve the organization’s cybersecurity posture.
The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification is considered the flagship certification within the information security world. Acquiring the CISSP certification ensures that an individual has the knowledge and skills required to build and maintain an organization’s cybersecurity strength.
- Security Analyst
- Network Architect
- IT Director/Manager
- Network Administrator
- Chief Information Security Officer
Understanding of the following domains of CISSP:
- Security and Risk Management
- Asset Security
- Security Architecture and Engineering
- Communication and Network Security
- Identity and Access Management (IAM)
- Security Assessment and Testing
- Security Operations
- Software Development Security
What You Need Before You Become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Work experience and Common Body of Knowledge
Before taking the exam, you need to be able to show proof of five years of demonstrated work experience in two or more of the eight Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) areas. This certification places a strong emphasis on having the necessary job experience before taking the exam. In addition to work experience, credentials such as Security +, Network +, and other industry-level certifications will be credited before you take the CISSP exam.
Preparation and passing the exam
You will need to pass CISSP with a minimum of 700 points out of 1,000. The exam consists of advanced questions as well as multiple-choice questions. Once you pass the examination, you will need to pay a maintenance fee of $85 to retain your certification. The CISSP page offers candidates the opportunity to download an outline of the exam and find the official textbook with CISSP flash cards.
Endorsement and CPE
Upon completion of the CISSP exam, you will need to complete the endorsement form. Your form will need to be signed off by a professional, certified through (ISC)2, that can vet your professional experience and other credentials as a security analyst. You will need to submit the endorsement form within nine months of you passing the examination to become fully-certified. Merely passing the exam does not automatically grant you certification status.
In addition to these prerequisites, candidates will need to maintain their CISSP credential every three years. Each year those who passed the exam must submit 40 credits as part of their continuing professional education, which amounts to a total of 120 CPEs for each three-year cycle.
CISSP is perhaps the most popular certification being pursued by those in the cybersecurity world. Once you obtain your certification, you might be interested in further specializing through management, architecture, or engineering, which can help boost your pay. Cybersecurity Training Center offers additional concentrations for those who have CISSP, such as ISSAP, ISSEP, and ISSMP.
Cloud virtualization and computing has necessitated the need for security in these spaces. Interested professionals can take the CCSP (Cloud Certified Security Professional) course to help them develop a grounded understanding for organizations that manage cloud infrastructure.
CISSP is approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements.
When it comes to career advancement, you need to be sure CISSP is the route you wish to take, and that you can pass the exam before taking on this endeavor.
Cybersecurity Training Center offers flexible training dates to fit your schedule. You can contact us through email, chat, or by phone to set up a date and time to attend the lessons and take your examination.