Certified Information Systems Security Professional definition
CISSP stands for Certified Information Systems Security Professional. It’s a respected global certification in cybersecurity offered by (ISC)².
Those who earn CISSP demonstrate expertise in eight key areas of information security:
- Managing security risks
- Protecting assets
- Designing secure architecture
- Securing networks and communications
- Managing identity and access
- Conducting security assessments and tests
- Handling security operations
- Securing software development
To get CISSP:
- You need five years of relevant work experience in at least two of these areas. But, a related college degree or another certification can reduce this by a year.
- You have to pass a challenging exam covering these domains.
- Once you pass, an existing (ISC)²-certified professional must vouch for you.
- To keep the CISSP status, you need to continue learning in the field and renew the certification every three years.
- Having a CISSP can boost a career in cybersecurity, marking the holder as a knowledgeable professional in the field.