The need for a standardized certification program in information systems security started in the mid-1980s; benchmarks were needed that would provide structure and demonstrate competence among IT security professionals. In 1989, the non-profit organization, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium or "(ISC)2" formed with this professional training goal in mind.
The (ISC)2 developed the CISSP, or Certified Information Systems Security Professional, an independent information security certification. Since its inception, CISSP has led to industry acceptance of this global standard and its requirements.
The CISSP certification examination is based on a Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) as defined by the ISC. This is a common framework of ten terms and principles that information security professionals worldwide use to discuss, debate and resolve matters pertaining to the profession.
Information security has long held confidentiality, integrity and availability (known as the CIA triad) to be the core principles of information security. The CISSP CBK attempts to balance these three core values across the ten CBK domains:
To become a CISSP you must meet the following requirements*:
The CISSP certification is valid for three years, and can be renewed by re-taking the exam. A more common renewal method is to complete at least 120 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits since your last renewal.
To keep your CISSP certification, you must earn and submit a total of 120 CPEs by the end of your three-year certification cycle. Payment of an $85 Annual Membership Fee for each year of the three-year certification cycle is also required.
You can earn your CPEs by attending seminars and conferences, taking and/or teaching classes, volunteering, engaging in professional writing, or other professional training activities in areas covered by the CBK. You will usually earn one CPE for each hour of time spent; preparing training for others earns 4 CPEs/hour, published articles are worth 10 CPEs, and published books 40 CPEs.
Average Annual Salary
The 2011 (ISC)2 Global IS Workforce Study says cyber security certification pays off: (ISC)2-certified professionals in the Americas average $106,900 annually – $14,000 more than those without it.*
U.S. Cybercrime Net Cost
No wonder cyber security skills are so valuable – the financial impact of Internet-related crimes in 2011 was staggering.*
PROJECTED JOB GROWTH
Job opportunities for computer and information systems managers are predicted to rise well into 2018.*
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Villanova prepares you for these (ISC)2 exams, plus Security+™ and CNSS-National Standard 4011 (ISM-government program only).
*Certification requirements are subject to change. Prospects should consult with certifying association for current requirements.
Statistics used are sourced from: 2011 (ISC)2 Global IS Workforce Study (salary); Norton Cybercrime Report 2011 (net cybercrime cost); and Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook (projected job growth).