Cyber Security is in a state of constant evolution with continually emerging technology, vulnerabilities and threats, so it’s no surprise that industry professionals are training to match the pace.
While cyber security undergrad programs are flooding university curriculums, there are some certifications that require significant industry experience to acquire and one of these is the (ISC)2 CISSP Certification. Heralded by many professionals and organisations as the golden standard for cyber, we have put together an overview of the course training and benefits for those looking to upskill.
CISSP stands for Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and was developed and is run by the (ISC)2, or International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. It helps to show that to a high standard, a candidate has the ability to design, implement, protect and manage cybersecurity systems.
CISSP is a globally recognised certification and is highly sought after by professionals and employers alike. In order to become certified an individual must have 5 years full-time industry experience in 2 or more of the following 8 ‘domains’ of the ISC2 CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Alternatively CISSP will accept four years of employment plus an undergraduate cyber-related degree.
You will need to have 5 years full-time experience in two or more of the following domains:
Domain 1. Security and Risk Management
Domain 2. Asset Security
Domain 3. Security Architecture and Engineering
Domain 4. Communication and Network Security
Domain 5. Identity and Access Management (IAM)
Domain 6. Security Assessment and Testing
Domain 7. Security Operations
Domain 8. Software Development Security
CISSP certifications are designed for experienced security professionals, managers and executives looking to prove technical expertise across the board in cyber. Many professionals in the following positions enrol in the courses and exams:
Chief Information Security Officer
Chief Information Officer
Director of Security
Security Systems Engineer
As with all upskilling, apart from the sense of accomplishment of completing your training - one of the most exciting benefits of CISSP certification is becoming a more competitive candidate for roles you might be seeking out (see our blog on the importance of up and cross-skilling here). Along with this, more qualified and certified candidates can often command a higher salary and move on to higher positions with more responsibility. CISSP certifications are also increasingly becoming a prerequisite when applying for positions in cyber. According to a workforce study conducted by (ISC)² in 2021, “72% of cybersecurity professionals are required by their employer to hold a certification.”
For more information on CISSP certifications visit ISC2 website here: https://www.isc2.org/certifications/cissp
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