In this video, Marc Menninger describes the CPP 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 CPP certification and resources to help you prepare for it.
- [Narrator] The Certified Protection Professional, or CPP certification, offered by ASIS validates your knowledge of security management principles. The exam covers seven security management domains and is similar to the CISM certification in some ways. The CPP is an advanced certification for experienced IT security professionals. In order to take the exam, you need nine years of security work experience with at least three of those years in a security management position.
Or a bachelors degree or higher and seven years of security work experience, with at least three of those years in a security management position. Topics you can expect to see on the exam include security principles and practices, business principles and practices, investigations, personnel security, physical security, information security, and crisis management. IT security job listings that often require the CPP certification include, IT security managers, directors, consultants, auditors, architects, and engineers.
The CPP exam is a little different than all the rest because it's based on standards and guidelines defined by ASIS. These will be the best resources for you to use to study for the exam. The Protection of Assets or POA is a comprehensive set of security reference guides. And the CPP Standards and Guidelines Set is a package of eight standards and guidelines books. For links to these resources and other related information, please see the handout for this video. Once you have the CPP certification it's valid for three years.
You can retain it for longer by obtaining 60 CPEs every three years. Check the ASIS website for more details about getting CPEs. Getting the CPP certification is great for aspiring IT security managers and other security professionals who want to demonstrate their ability to manage information security programs.
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