The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) has been in place since 1994 to provide vendor-neutral skills certification in information security. It was created by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or ISC.
As of November 16, 2016, there were over 110,000 IT professionals with CISSP certifications in 162 countries worldwide. The CISSP certification is also approved by the Department of Defense and other government agencies.
The CISSP certification has many business applications. Here are some of the most useful ones.
1. To create and implement a security program for a company or organization.
Organizations need to know that their information and networks are secure, and have a security plan in place. The CISSP certification ensures that an IT professional has the skills to create and implement a security program which will protect companies from hackers that may want to disrupt, expose or even destroy their networks and data.
2. To manage an existing security structure.
The CISSP also provides a wealth of knowledge about how to manage IT security, so that certified individuals will be familiar with existing software and programs and be able to maintain the security of an existing network as well as upgrade it when necessary.
3. To gain access to the best jobs.
Many top employers require that applicants possess the CISSP certification to be hired in an information security role. Furthermore, certified individuals earn more than their non-certified counterparts. In fact, the CISSP certification is ranked third in salary of all certifications, with an average salary of over $110,000.
4. To achieve job stability.
While no job is ever 100% stable, information security jobs rank at the top for job stability, with the need for network and internet security continuing to increase. While it used to be that only larger companies had a network, now even an office of 5 to 10 can require its own network, which needs an administrator.
5. To gain credibility in the field of information security.
The Global Information Security Workforce Study showed that almost 70% of respondents considered certification as a reliable way to know if a candidate is competent and has good skills. Having a good reputation among hiring staff and fellow applicants can help a candidate advance and gain the respect of colleagues.
6. To stay up to date on the latest skills and changes in IT security.
CISSP certification is good for three years, after which recertification with updated information is required. The test also incorporates frequent updates to keep up with the latest changes in information security. Employers can be sure that CISSP-certified individuals have a firm grasp on today’s information security skills and needs.
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Rameez Khizer, IT Marketing