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The CISSP and Why I Want It!

I have been working in the cybersecurity field for about three years (it will be four years this November with the world anniversary of my current place of work) and when I have enough work experience, I can try to get the CISSP to fully get my career off the ground. CISSP is short for Certified Information Systems Security Professional and it is an independent information security certification granted by International Information System Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)². As of January of this year, there are one hundred fifty-two thousand six hundred thirty-two members holding this particular certification worldwide.

To even take the exam to get the CISSP exam, you need to have a minimum of five years of full-time direct security work experience in two or more of the information security domains as designated by the (ISC)². One of those years will be waived f you have a four-year college degree, which I have for computer science, so that is technically an extra year of experience towards the CISSP. To make sure that you are telling the truth about your work experience & not potentially lying about what you have been doing for your career, the (ISC)² will check by contacting the people you work with (or clients if you are in charge of some kind of cybersecurity business). Afterwards, you have to answer questions about your background and any potential criminal history. Once all of that is completed, you have to take the actual exam. It will not be easy – I can attest to that even though I have not taken it yet. All you really need to know is that the exam, you need to get seven hundred points or more out of a possible one thousand points perfect score. You will be given three hours to complete the exam with up to one hundred fifty questions that you have to complete.

With the CISSP, I will have the qualification equivalent of a master’s degree without having to go back to college and completing courses for credit. As Info Security Magazine points out, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional certificate is considered the same as a Master’s Degree in cybersecurity in the United Kingdom thanks to the UK organization known as the NARIC: a national agency whose job it is to provide information, advice and expert opinion on vocational, academic and professional skills and qualifications. This certification has come a long way from when it was first introduced back in 1994. Now it is essentially THE certification to get if you want things to be smooth sailing for you as a cybersecurity expert or someone working in the field of information technology. On top of that, having such a certificate can also lead to a pay increase in the long run, so that is good to. On average, a person who as CISSP certification makes about $131,030 US Dollars a year – a nice six figure salary! Plus, since the CISSP is recognized by various countries around the world, it also opens the door to potentially working overseas if I want to. I think my current credentials and work experience might allow me to do that to some degree, but having such a prestigious certification would pretty much secure that luxury for me. Hopefully later this year and next year, I can begin doing some legitimate studying and training to prepare myself for the CISSP exam to increase my chance of potentially passing the exam on my first try. It is ok if I don’t get it on my first try, but it would be great to complete everything the very first time around!

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