Becoming a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
A Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) is an information assurance professional who defines the architecture, design, management and/or controls that assure the security of business environments.
Ok, but what exactly is the CISSP certification path?
Although potential candidates must have a minimum of five years of direct full-time security work experience, they must also pass the six-hour, 250 question CISSP certification exam. Luckily, New Horizons has the training that can best prepare you, and all of the information about our CISSP preparation course is laid out below:
CISSP Course Overview
Through the study of all 10 CISSP CBK (Common Body of Knowledge) domains, students will validate their knowledge by meeting the necessary preparation requirements to qualify to sit for the CISSP certification exam.
This five-day course is intended for experienced IT security-related practitioners, auditors, consultants, investigators or instructors, including network or security analysts and engineers, network administrators, information security specialists and risk management professionals, who are pursuing CISSP training and certification to acquire the credibility and mobility to advance within their current computer security careers or to migrate to a related career.
Lesson 1: Information Systems Access Control
Lesson 2: Security Architecture & Design
Lesson 3: Network and Telecommunications Security
Lesson 4: Information Security Management Goals
Lesson 5: Information Security Classification & Program Development
Lesson 6: Risk Management & Ethics
Lesson 7: Software Development Security
Lesson 8: Cryptography
Lesson 9: Physical Security
Lesson 10: Operations Security
Lesson 11: Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning
Lesson 12: Legal, Regulations, Compliance & Investigations
Prerequisites or Equivalent Knowledge
The CISSP certification has very specific work experience requirements. Potential candidates must have a minimum of five years of direct full-time security work experience in two or more of the ten (ISC)² information security domains, as defined by the Consortium’s “CBK” (Common Body of Knowledge).
The CISSP Exam
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam is designed to ensure that someone handling computer security for a company or client has mastered a standardized body of knowledge. The certification was developed and is maintained by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC²).
The exam certifies security professionals in ten different areas:
1. Access control systems and methodology
2. Application and systems development security
3. Business continuity planning & disaster recovery planning
5. Law, investigation and ethics
6. Operations security
7. Physical security
8. Security architecture and models
9. Security management practices
10. Telecommunications and networking security
All (ISC)² certifications are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to be in compliance with the International Organization for Standardization and International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17024 Standards.
Benefits of CISSP Certification in the Job Market
Due to the difficulty of this certification and the knowledge required to pass the exam, the CISSP title carries great weight in the job market. For IT professionals looking to move up on the corporate ladder, this certification can give the extra boost that is needed to move from field work into management positions.
CISSP Certification Trends
Estimates of the total losses inflicted by cyber-attacks on businesses vary widely, but generally fall in the range of hundreds of billions of dollars. Security software company Symantec Corp. estimated the global cost of cyber-attacks at $388 billion in 2011. This translates into a growing demand for IT security professionals and the knowledge that they bring to the table.
Do you already possess a CISSP certification? What advice do you have for our readers? Any and all comments are always welcome!
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