With an average salary of more than £50,000 a year, you can understand why so many people are pursuing a career in information security management.
What’s more, you don’t need a degree to earn a top salary. The only requirement is an appropriate qualification, like CISMP (Certificate in Information Security Management Principles).
CISMP is widely regarded as the ‘qualification of choice’ for IT professionals and is recognised across the UK as an essential first rung on the ladder to a successful career.
But what exactly is it and how does it help?
What is CISMP?
CISMP provides a broad introduction to information security management, making it ideal both for those getting started in the industry and for professionals who require a deeper understanding of the subject to develop their overall business skills.
The qualification will enable you to demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of information security, risk management, legal frameworks, business continuity, security standards (like ISO 27001), people and physical security.
It’s particularly valuable to those working in the public sector, as it is part of the CESG Certified Professional (CCP) scheme, which is the government’s approved standard of competence for cyber security.
Not convinced by CISMP?
The CISMP qualification is often enough to verify your status as an information security expert. However, it can also be the launch pad for training in specialist areas, like the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).
What does CISMP cover?
CISMP demonstrates an understanding of key principles in the following areas of information security management:
- Management controls
- Technical controls
- Risk management
- Legal frameworks
- People and physical security
- Standards (including ISO 27001)
- Business continuity
How you can achieve a CISMP qualification
The only thing standing between you and a CISMP qualification is a 100-question multiple choice exam.
That might sound daunting, particularly if you’re only just getting started in the industry. However, you can get a head start by reading Information Security Management Principles, the official textbook for the CISMP qualification which is included free when you book a place on our CISMP Training Course.
With the book and the course, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to pass the exam.
The exam is held on the final day, and those who pass will receive their certificate within ten working days.
A version of this blog was originally published on 27 October 2017.