Cybersecurity Certifications

Commit. Plan. Succeed.

With half the year already in the rearview, it’s a great time to reflect on your goals. Is achieving the CISSP, CCSP, SSCP or another elite (ISC)² certification part of your plans? If so, do you have a winning strategy in place? Here are three tips to help you get – and stay – on track as you pursue next steps. Set an exam date. Registering now can keep you motivated and focused on your certification goals. And the sooner you pass the exam, the sooner you’ll prove your cybersecurity expertise to employers and peers! Develop a study plan. Work…

Additional Recognition for Cybersecurity Certifications

Following the signing of a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) signed last year that confirms the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) standing as an internationally respected accrediting body with rigorous standards, all nine (ISC)² cybersecurity certifications are now recognized by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The MLA applies to IAF accrediting bodies, including ANSI, and shows that the organizations they accredit all meet the same rigorous standards. According to a press release issued by ANSI, “Regional Accreditation Group members of IAF are admitted to the IAF MLA only after a most stringent evaluation of their operations by a peer evaluation team…

Additional Recognition for Cybersecurity Certifications

Following the signing of a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) signed last year that confirms the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) standing as an internationally respected accrediting body with rigorous standards, all nine (ISC)² cybersecurity certifications are now recognized by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The MLA applies to IAF accrediting bodies, including ANSI, and shows that the organizations they accredit all meet the same rigorous standards. According to a press release issued by ANSI, “Regional Accreditation Group members of IAF are admitted to the IAF MLA only after a most stringent evaluation of their operations by a peer evaluation team…

Going for (ISC)² Certification? Get the facts before you choose a training provider.

Whether you’re going for CISSP, SSCP, CCSP or another elite (ISC)² certification, the training route is an excellent way to prepare. (ISC)² certifications are highly regarded in the cybersecurity industry, and countless training companies offer exam prep for them. With so many options, it can be unnecessarily hard to make the right choice. Often, we think the more choices we have, the better. But too many cybersecurity training options have created confusion and led to false claims that border on unethical as companies compete for your business. When it comes to assertions trainer providers make about their courses for our…

Going for (ISC)² Certification? Get the facts before you choose a training provider.

Whether you’re going for CISSP, SSCP, CCSP or another elite (ISC)² certification, the training route is an excellent way to prepare. (ISC)² certifications are highly regarded in the cybersecurity industry, and countless training companies offer exam prep for them. With so many options, it can be unnecessarily hard to make the right choice. Often, we think the more choices we have, the better. But too many cybersecurity training options have created confusion and led to false claims that border on unethical as companies compete for your business. When it comes to assertions trainer providers make about their courses for our…

Building a Strong Culture of Security – from the Professional Development Institute

(ISC)²’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) launched earlier this year and aims to provide valuable, accessible education and training to cybersecurity professionals. One of the PDI courses currently available is Building a Strong Culture of Security. Like all PDI courses, it is free for (ISC)² members and associates, and available for purchase at $400 for the general public. Technology alone cannot protect an organization. It takes knowledgeable and aware team members to each do their part in ensuring critical assets are protected, and that goes beyond the security team. This self-paced, interactive course is intended for use by security professionals as…

Your Key to Professional Growth: Invest in Your Group B CPE Activities

by Dr. Chris Veltsos, CISSP, member of (ISC)² Advisory Council of North America It’s easy to feel stressed, or conversely feel stuck in a rut, when it comes to the topic of professional development. We all know “we should/must do it” but aren’t exactly sure on how to go about it. And compared to security domain specific knowledge, skills, and abilities (group A CPE credits for holders of (ISC)² credentials), it’s easy to delay thinking and planning your activities regarding those strange group B CPE credits. Here’s to changing that reality, and in the process your mindset about their place…

New Cybersecurity Reports Point to Increased Need for Retraining and Vulnerability Management

By now you’re well aware of the widely-reported (ISC)² research that shows there is a global cybersecurity shortage of 2.93 million professionals. Identifying, recruiting and training skilled talent to adequately secure organizational data assets obviously remains a top priority in our industry. Well, over the past few weeks, both Tripwire and IBM have published reports that focus on different layers of the problem and add to the conversation. In its Cybersecurity Skills Gap Survey 2019, Tripwire found that 80% of IT security professionals believe it’s becoming more difficult to find skilled cybersecurity professionals. Not a surprising figure. The interesting wrinkle…

CISSP Recognized as Top Cybersecurity Certification Program by SC Media

Winner, winner, chicken dinner. That’s what was on the menu for (ISC)² at this week’s SC Awards gala event held in San Francisco, where the CISSP was recognized as the industry’s Best Professional Certification Program for 2019 by SC Media, which is coincidentally celebrating its 30th anniversary in the same year as (ISC)². The SC Awards are recognized throughout the cybersecurity industry as the crowning achievement for IT security, and winners are run through a rigorous judging process that includes testimonials, industry assessments and additional research. The CISSP was hand-picked by a panel of judges for its advancements in cybersecurity…

CISSP Is Hot, Hot, Hot, Says CNBC

If you already have or are pursuing your CISSP from (ISC)², make sure you have your oven mitts at the ready. That’s because, as reported by CNBC, the new Upwork Skills Index includes the Certified Information Systems Security Professional as one of the 20 hottest job “skills” in the entire U.S. labor market. You read that right. Not just in security. Not just in IT. The entire labor market. Upwork is a platform for freelancers, so they keep a close eye on the types of skills employers are looking for and update their list quarterly to provide real-time validation of…