The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification by (ISC)2 is one of the most recognizable and popular cybersecurity certifications. This certification was designed to help cybersecurity professionals become managers, and the average annual salary of a CISSP professional is over $125,000. Overall the CISSP tests candidates’ abilities on how to manage and lead a team of cybersecurity professionals and evaluates their knowledge on the application of several different cybersecurity techniques and practices.
1. Who is the CISSP for?
The CISSP certification is ideal for experienced cybersecurity practices, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across a wide array of security practices and principles, such as those in the following positions:
- Security Analyst
- Security Systems Engineer
- Security Auditor
- Security Consultant
- IT Director/Manager
- Security Manager
- Chief Information Officer
2. Become Eligible for the CISSP Exam
Currently to become CISSP certified candidates must have a total of 5 years of full-time experience in at least two of the domains covered by (ISC)2. If you don’t meet the experience requirement, you can still take the exam and become certified; however, you will be considered as a CISSP associate until the work experience requirement has been made.
3. Prepare by Studying the Domains
The exam tests the candidate’s knowledge across eight different domains and the exam is consistently updated to ensure all modern-day solutions and technologies are included in the test. The eight domains are:
- Security and Risk Management 15%
- Asset Security 10%
- Security Architecture and Engineering 13%
- Communications and Network Security 14%
- Identity and Access Management 13%
- Security Assessment and Testing 12%
- Security Operations 13%
- Software Development Security 10%
As you can see the heaviest domain is regarding security and risk management and consists of 15% of the exam. While preparing it is good to use up to date resources and materials that will cover the domains appropriately. As the domain changes to adjust to new modern-day solutions, the domains can also change, so it is important to prepare accordingly by knowing exactly what the domains are.
4. Successfully Pass the Exam and Become Certified!
The full duration of the English CISSP exam is three hours long and consists of 100 – 150 questions. All of the questions will be multiple-choice, and the test will use computerized adaptive testing or CAT. In order to pass the exam, you must score at least a 700 out of 1000 points and the test can be taken at authorized Pearson Vue testing centers. Once you have successfully passed the exam you must agree to the (ISC)2 code of ethics and pay your first annual maintenance fee to receive your certification. After that, you are officially a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, congratulations!
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