Should You Get Your CISSP Certification?

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The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is the oldest and most highly-recognized certification in Information Security.  It is an independent, vendor neutral certification governed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2.  Every business is susceptible to security threats.  A CISSP certification means that you have the knowledge, backing and support to fight them head-on.

Positions that require a CISSP certification tend to pay very well.  Depending on where you live, CISSP certification holders typically make six-figure salaries.  Outside of the salary, there is no shortage of available information security job positions in the US.  There are over 100,000 CISSP certified professionals worldwide.

The CISSP is approved by the US DoD in both Information Assurance Managerial (IAM) and Information Assurance Technical (IAT), and is the baseline for the US National Security Agency program.

Whether or not you are ready for the CISSP certification will depend on a couple of things.

  1. This is not an entry-level certification. In order to obtain your CISSP you must demonstrate that you possess at least 5 years of paid work experience in Information Security, in at least 2 of the 8 domains of the (ISC)2 Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).
  2. You must obtain an endorsement from an active credential holder with (ISC)2 within 9 months of passing the exam. Failure to do so will invalidate your successful exam status and you will have to re-take the exam.
  3. If you do not have the required experience and/or endorsement, you may still prepare for the CISSP and receive an Associate of (ISC)2 credential until the time that you meet the requirements (up to 6 years), by selecting Associate of (ISC)2 when registering for your exam.

If you have the required experience and someone lined up to endorse you, your next step would be to attend Systems Atlanta’s CISSP Training Course, led by instructor John Hackmeyer, to prepare to take the certification exam.  Would you like a preview on why Systems Atlanta’s CISSP training program is right for you?  Attend our webinar on May 8, 2019, at 12 Noon EDT to gain valuable insight.  To register, click the following link to complete a registration form.


Earning your CISSP certification will help ensure that you are on every recruiter’s radar.  You will earn more than your counter-parts that do not hold the certification.  If you are looking to take your Information Security career to a higher level, you SHOULD get your CISSP certification.