International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)²

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)


Credential: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  ANAB (ANSI) resource
Credentialing Agency: International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)²

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an advanced skill level certification for experienced security practitioners, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across a wide array of security practices and principles. Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP CBK. Earning a four-year college degree or regional equivalent or an additional credential from the (ISC)² approved list will satisfy one year of the required experience. Education credit will only satisfy one year of experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)²

311 Park Place Blvd
Suite 400
Clearwater, FL  33759

Phone: (866) 331-4722

Fax: (703) 356-7977
Email: membersupport@isc2.org

Option 1:

Candidate must have a minimum of five years of cumulative paid full-time work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP.

Option 2:

Candidate must have four years of direct full-time security professional work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP with a four year college degree or regional equivalent, or an advanced degree in information security from the U.S. National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE/IAE).

Option 3:

Candidate must have four years of direct full-time security professional work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP and hold an (ISC2) approved credential. See the (ISC2) website for complete list of approved credentials.

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must subscribe to the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 Code of Ethics.
  • Individuals who pass a CISSP exam must have their qualifications endorsed by another (ISC2) credential holder.

Written Exam

  • Security and Risk Management (15%)
    • Understand and apply concepts of confidentiality, integrity and availability
    • Evaluate and apply security governance principles
    • Determine compliance requirements
    • Understand legal and regulatory issues that pertain to information security in a global context
    • Understand, adhere to, and promote professional ethics
    • Develop, document, and implement security policy, standards, procedures, and guidelines
    • Identify, analyze, and prioritize Business Continuity (BC) requirements
    • Contribute to and enforce personnel security policies and procedures
    • Understand and apply risk management concepts
    • Understand and apply threat modeling concepts and methodologies
    • Apply risk-based management concepts to the supply chain
    • Establish and maintain a security awareness, education, and training program
  • Asset Security (10%)
    • Identify and classify information and assets
    • Determine and maintain information and asset ownership
    • Protect privacy
    • Ensure appropriate asset retention
    • Determine data security controls
    • Establish information and asset handling requirements
  • Security Architecture and Engineering (13%)
    • Implement and manage engineering processes using secure design principles
    • Understand the fundamental concepts of security models
    • Select controls based upon systems security requirements
    • Understand security capabilities of information systems (e.g., memory protection, Trusted Platform Module (TPM), encryption/decryption)
    • Assess and mitigate the vulnerabilities of security architectures, designs, and solution elements
    • Assess and mitigate vulnerabilities in web-based systems
    • Assess and mitigate vulnerabilities in mobile systems
    • Assess and mitigate vulnerabilities in embedded devices
    • Apply cryptography
    • Apply security principles to site and facility design
    • Implement site and facility security controls
  • Communication and Network Security (14%)
    • Implement secure design principles in network architectures
    • Secure network components
    • Implement secure communication channels according to design
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM) (13%)
    • Control physical and logical access to assets
    • Manage identification and authentication of people, devices, and services
    • Integrate identity as a third-party service
    • Implement and manage authorization mechanisms
    • Manage the identity and access provisioning lifecycle
  • Security Assessment and Testing (12%)
    • Design and validate assessment, test, and audit strategies
    • Conduct security control testing
    • Collect security process data (e.g., technical and administrative)
    • Analyze test output and generate report
    • Conduct or facilitate security audits
  • Security Operations (13%)
    • Understand and support investigations
    • Understand requirements for investigation types
    • Conduct logging and monitoring activities
    • Securely provisioning resources
    • Understand and apply foundational security operations concepts
    • Apply resource protection techniques
    • Conduct incident management
    • Operate and maintain detective and preventative measures
    • Implement and support patch and vulnerability management
    • Understand and participate in change management processes
    • Implement recovery strategies
    • Implement Disaster Recovery (DR) processes
    • Test Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP)
    • Participate in Business Continuity (BC) planning and exercises
    • Implement and manage physical security
    • Address personnel safety and security concerns
  • Software Development Security (10%)
    • Understand and integrate security in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
    • Identify and apply security controls in development environments
    • Assess the effectiveness of software security
    • Assess security impact of acquired software
    • Define and apply secure coding guidelines and standards

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)² testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CISSP credential must be renewed every three years by meeting continuing education requirements. All ISC2 certifications also require an annual maintenance fee. More information on Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements and annual maintenance fees can be found on the ISC2 website.

Additional considerations for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) include:

  • A candidate who doesn’t have the required experience to become a CISSP may become an Associate of (ISC)² by successfully passing the CISSP examination. The Associate of (ISC)² will then have six years to earn the five years required experience.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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