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If you have clicked through to this article, you probably know what CISSP training is and why it is an excellent investment for your career. For those of you who are wondering what it is and how it can help you to move your career forward, read on!


What is CISSP?

CISSP stands for ‘certified information systems security professional’ – a bit of a mouthful, we  know! A CISSP is a highly qualified position (see below for how to get into it) who looks after IT security. They have an excellent understanding and knowledge of IT threats, how to control, prevent and minimize security attacks and oversees software development, amongst other things. It’s a job which is in high demand at the moment – so if you do your CISSP certification, you are likely to be able to command a high salary.

What do you need to do become a CISSP?

As we mentioned above, it is an extremely highly qualified position and takes a lot of training to get into. Minimum requirements for it include:

Having proof of five years minimum of security work experience – this experience has to be full time and paid in at least two of the eight common body of knowledge areas. This experience is essential for both the certification process and the exams.

Pass the CISSP exam – to pass, you need to get a minimums core of 700 out of a possible 1000. It’s a six-hour long exam with a mix of multiple choice and questions that require longer, written answers.

Be endorsed – once you have completed and passed the exam, you need to subscribe to a particular code of ethics and be supported by another professional who is (ISC)2 certified.

It’s also really important that you research and choose an institution that is regulated and authorized, such as Alpine Security CISSP training.

What benefits are there to CISSP training?

1)   You can show what you are worth

A CISSP certificate is an excellent way to demonstrate your vast range of knowledge and skill. You might have a passion and understanding of cryptography. You might be excellent at developing and implementing cybersecurity policies, but it is little use if you cannot prove it, especially if you are lacking in practical work experience. The CISSP  validates this knowledge, and being able to put CISSP next to your name allows any prospective employers to see that you have those skills immediately, without having to pour through endless resumes.

2.  It is an in-demand job

Almost every day, around 10,000 positions are available on U.S. job sites that request a CISSP. This shows a lack of qualified candidates so your skills will be highly sought after. As the internet continues to develop and evolve at a rapid pace, someone who is able to fight off increasingly sophisticated security attacks will become even more in demand.  Not only will this make finding a job a lot easier, but it allows you to ask for a lot more money than someone without these qualifications, and gives you more chance of career advancement.

3. You will make yourself indispensable

With massive advancements in technology and the rise of artificial intelligence and automation, many IT based jobs – even those within security – are under threat. As a leader in cyber security, your CISSP will prove that you have the skills, to make decisions that others can’t, implement strategies and prevent attacks from happening – a job that can’t be done by a robot or a computer.

4. You can command a much higher salary

We have covered this point in some of the others, but it is probably the biggest benefit for some people. Because you have to have so much proven experience to do the training, because you have to pass such strict criteria, because there is a shortage in CISSP qualified personnel and because you are indispensable, you can rake in a lot of money. According to some surveys, across the world CISSP professionals earn on average 25 % more than their non-certified peers.  The average salary for male CISSP professionals is between $78,788 and $119,184, making this one of the highest paying positions within the IT industry.

As you can see, becoming a qualified CISSP is so much more than owning a piece of paper saying you have a qualification – it allows you to join an exclusive club of professionals who are in demand on a worldwide scale and who can ask for a salary to reflect that.