How CISMP can help your information security career

A version of this blog was originally published on 3 April 2018.

A career in information security management is very alluring: it’s rewarding, there’s a high demand for skilled professionals and it comes with a generous salary. All you need to do to get started is gain a Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP).

CISMP provides a broad introduction to information security management, making it ideal for either those looking to begin their careers in the field or professionals who want a deeper understanding of information security as part of their wider business knowledge. Those who become certified might wish to branch out into specialist areas, such as ISO 27001 or the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

CISMP is particularly valuable to those working in the public sector, as it is part of the CESG Certified Professional (CCP) scheme. The scheme is licensed by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and is the government’s approved standard of competence for cyber security.

What will you learn?

The CISMP qualification demonstrates an awareness of a wide range of cyber security topics, including:

  • The concepts relating to information security management (confidentiality, integrity, availability, vulnerability, threats, risks, countermeasures, etc.);
  • National and international standards, frameworks and organisations that facilitate the management of information security;
  • Business and common technical environments in which information security operates; and
  • The categorisation, operation and effectiveness of controls of different types and characteristics.

How to become qualified

To gain the CISMP qualification, you must pass a two-hour exam, which consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. The pass mark is 65%.

You can learn everything you need to know in order to pass the exam by enrolling in our CISMP Training Course.

This five-day course is delivered by an experienced cyber security consultant, who will teach you the ins and outs of information security management. The exam is held on the final day, and those who pass will receive their certificate within ten working days.

To help you get started, we’re offering a free copy of Information Security Management Principles, the official textbook for the CISMP qualification, when you book this course. Use voucher code CISMP17 at the checkout.

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