Are you looking to take the next step in your career? If so, this is the perfect time to become a CISSP® (Certified Information Systems Security Professional).
The qualification was developed and is maintained by (ISC)2, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.
It’s globally recognised and vendor-neutral, making it the ideal qualification for those experienced information security professionals who want to land a role as a chief security officer, chief information security officer or senior security engineer
Here are five reasons you should pursue a CISSP qualification.
1. You’ll gain recognition and respect
The CISSP qualification is a universally recognised standard of achievement. It was the first credential in the field of information security to meet the requirements of ISO 17024, which describes best practice for certifying individuals.
The qualification remains just as respected today. Anyone who certifies will bring with them demonstrable evidence of their advanced knowledge of information security and their dedication to career progression.
2. It’s growing in popularity
As of 31 December 2018, there are 131,180 (ISC)2 CISSPs in more than 170 countries.
This makes it the most popular information security qualification in the world, and it’s only gaining traction. In the past five years, the number of CISSPs has grown by almost 40,000.
3. You become an (ISC)2 member
You are automatically granted membership to (ISC)2 when you become a CISSP. Members receive various perks, including:
- Discounts on (ISC)2 products and services;
- Access to industry-leading research, such as the ISC Journal and the Global Information Security Workforce Study;
- A free subscription to the InfoSecurity Professional Magazine;
- A 50% discount on all (ISC)2 textbooks;
- Exclusive access to webinars and conferences;
- Professional recognition through (ISC)2 award programmes;
- Digital badges, which you can use to share your credentials online; and
- The ability to join or start a local (ISC)2
4. You need a CISSP qualification for many jobs
The growing popularity of the CISSP qualification is partly because of its status as a prerequisite for many roles. The certificate provides proof that you have the skills and knowledge that are needed to tackle complex threats to an organisation’s IT infrastructure.
Business News Daily found that 49,731 job listings in 2018 stated that a CISSP qualification was either preferable or required.
That means it’s getting increasingly hard to become a senior information security professional if you aren’t a CISSP.
5. It can boost your salary
Meanwhile, qualified CISSPs have never had it better, with an average salary of £77,500.
The higher wages reflect the advanced skills and experience that come with certification. You are far more likely to earn more money than those in similar positions that aren’t certified, and you also have an advantage when it comes to career progression.
That’s because the certificate is often used as a ladder to gain a C-suite job, which typically comes with salaries in excess of £100,000 a year.
Becoming a CISSP
To qualify for a CISSP qualification, you must:
- Pass the CISSP exam;
- Complete the endorsement process and subscribe to the (ISC)2 Code of Ethics; and
- Maintain certification through continuing professional education credits.
Those who think they’re ready should take a look at our CISSP Accelerated Training Programme.
This training course prepares you for the CISSP exam intensively and comprehensively. Delivered in five days, it’s intended to maximise effectiveness and reduce unnecessary time away from the office.