In this video, Marc Menninger describes the CISSP certification. Learn how this certification can be important to your IT security career. Discover topics you can expect to see on the exam and if there are any experience requirements to take it. Explore which jobs often require the CISSP certification and resources to help you prepare for it.
- [Narrator] : The Certified Information Systems Security Professional, or CISSP, offered by ISC Squared, is a globally recognized security certification and one of the most frequently required certifications by hiring organizations. The CISSP exam will test your knowledge of designing, engineering, implementing, and managing an information security program that can successfully protect an organization from sophisticated security attacks. The CISSP is an expert-level certification, which requires five years of IT security experience before you can take the exam.
One year of security experience can be waived if you have a college degree or if you've received one of the approved security certifications. One year of security experience can be waived if you have a college degree or if you've received one of the approved security certifications. Topics you can expect to see on the exam include security and risk management, asset security, security engineering, communication and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security operations, and software development security.
IT security job listings that often require the CISSP certification include IT security analysts, consultants, managers, and directors. While there are many written resources to choose from, these three books thorough cover the most recent version of the exam and have been well received by the security community. The core content of each is fairly similar so writing style and additional resources can help you select one that's right for you. The CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide includes exam tips, practice questions, and in depth explanations.
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional Official Study Guide includes four unique practice exams and over 650 electronic flash cards. The CISSP Study Guide includes learning by example modules and hands-on exercises. For links to these resources and other related information please see the handout for this video. Once you have the CISSP certification it's valid for three years. You can retain it longer by obtaining 120 CPEs every three years.
Check the ISC Squared website for more details about getting CPEs. Getting the CISSP certification is great for IT security professionals who want to demonstrate their knowledge of advance security concepts.
Marc closes with a few pieces of career advice specific to the world of information security, which will help you succeed in this dynamic and high-demand industry.
- IT security key concepts
- Understanding the job marketplace (government vs. healthcare, etc.)
- IT security success traits
- Career specializations
- IT security certifications
- Getting experience
- Marketing yourself