The need for a standardized certification program in information systems security started in the mid-1980s because a baseline was 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 goal in mind.
The (ISC)2 developed the CISSP, or Certified Information Systems Security Professional, certification for information security professionals. The CISSP has become a global standard in the information security field, and also meets the ISO/IEC Standard 17024 requirements.
The CISSP training curriculum covers subject matter in a variety of topics on information security. The CISSP examination is based on a Common Body of Knowledge (CBK®) as defined by the (ISC)2. According to (ISC)², "the CISSP CBK is a collection of topics relevant to information security professionals around the world. The CISSP CBK establishes a common framework of information security terms and principles that allow information security professionals worldwide to discuss, debate and resolve matters pertaining to the profession with a common understanding."
For more than twenty years, information security has 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 across eight areas of interest, which are also called domains. The eight CBK domains are:
To become a CISSP, you must meet the following requirements*:
If you’re looking for comprehensive preparation for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) or Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) certification exam, enroll in Villanova’s Mastering IS Security+. This in-depth 12-week course analyzes advanced facets of IS security management and practices to help you combat cryptographic attacks and other computer crimes that can threaten an organization’s computer security. The course includes 500 sample questions that can also help you prepare for the certification exam.
This course is ideal for professionals who manage security processes that are critical in today’s business, service and network environment. It provides managers and other professionals the high-end skills necessary to achieve CISSP® or SSCP® certification through (ISC)2®.
What you’ll learn:
* Certification requirements are subject to change. Prospects should consult with certifying association for current requirements.