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UPDATED: This article was updated on October 20, 2016 to reflect the latest changes to CISSP certification curriculum.
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification (CISSP) is a globally recognized credential that is vendor-neutral. It equips learners with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to protect organizations against increasingly sophisticated attacks. The CISSP certification is a highly sought-after and popular choice for IT professionals. The CISSP is generally a certification that qualifies students for security consultant, security manager or manager, IT director/manager, security auditor, security architect, security analyst, and security analyst roles.
(ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional – CISSP) The Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential (CISSP), is an advanced certification that validates the skills and abilities of those who have demonstrated deep technical and managerial expertise, experience, credibility, and credibility to design and implement information security programs to protect organisations. The CISSP test learners’ competence in eight (8) domains based on the common body of knowledge. The CISSP credential consists of one exam. This exam is covered by the SPOTO playlist (ISC2 CISSP 2018).
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Learners should have at least five years experience in IT security before they can start training. Ideally, the CISSP should be attempted by learners who have experience in access control and telecommunications security, information security governance, risk management, software development security and cryptography. They also need to have knowledge of security architecture and design, business continuity, disaster recovery planning, legal, compliance and investigations, as well as physical environment security.
Downloadable Study PlanSPOTO provides a study plan that maps directly to Keith Barker’s 2018 (ISC)2 CISSP 2018. This downloadable CISSP study guide provides a breakdown of the course and supplementary learning resources to help learners achieve their training goals.
Exam DetailsThe CISSP exam can be difficult. To be eligible for the exam, learners must not only demonstrate their experience but also show endurance during the 6-hour, 250-question experience.
Prerequisite experience: Minimum five years of full-time, paid work experience in at least two of the eight domains.Passing score is 700 out of 1,000 points. Exam registration: Pearson Vue testing centres. **Learn more about 2016 ISC2 exam pricing. Please note that pricing may change in 2017.Exam outline: Available by request (free resource)Endorsement: Once you pass the exam, you have nine months to complete the endorsement process to be fully CISSP certified.
Recertification(ISC)2 credentials are valid for three years from the date of certification. To maintain a credential, learners must also earn and post continuing professional education credits (CPEs) in order to keep it valid. The (ISC)2 website provides more information about maintaining a credential. Please note that (ISC.2) requires annual maintenance fees (AMFs), in addition to CPEs.
The Next StepThe CISSP credential is an advanced security credential. It can be used as a foundation to prepare learners for (ISC)2 certifications. Learners can also earn CISSP Concentrations.
CISSP Architecture (ISSAP)
CISSP Engineering (ISSEP)
CISSP Management (ISSMP).
Many times, security-related students will have a variety of certifications.