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Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)

If you plan to build a career in information security – one of today’s most visible professions – and if you have at least five full years of experience in information security, then the CISSP® credential should be your next career goal. The CISSP was the first credential in the field of information security, accredited by the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) to ISO (International Standards Organization) Standard 17024:2003. CISSP certification is not only an objective measure of excellence, but a globally recognized standard of achievement.


Certification Summary
Examination Papers & Topics
  • Candidates need to set for only 1 paper to complete the CISSP examination.
  • For your CISSP credential, your professional experience has to be in two or more of these 10 (ISC)² CISSP domains:
    • Access ControlApplication SecurityBusiness Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
    • Cryptography
    • Information Security and Risk Management
    • Legal, Regulations, Compliance and Investigations
    • Operations Security
    • Physical (Environmental) Security
    • Security Architecture and Design
    • Telecommunications and Network Security
Examination Style
  • Assert that he or she possesses a minimum of five years of professional experience in the information security field or four years plus a college degree. Or, an Advanced Degree in Information Security from a National Center of Excellence or the regional equivalent can substitute for one year towards the five-year requirement.
  • Complete the Examination Agreement, attesting to the truth of his or her assertions regarding professional experience, and legally committing to the adherence of the (ISC)²Code of Ethics.
  • Successfully answer four questions regarding criminal history and related background.
  • Pass the CISSP examination with a scaled score of 700 points or greater
  • Submit a properly completed and executed Endorsement Form
  • Successfully pass an audit of their assertions regarding professional experience, if the candidate is selected for audit
Examination Passing Score
Pass the CISSP examination with a scaled score of 700 points or greater
Examination & Results Dates
Go to https://webportal.isc2.org/Custom/ExamsSearch.aspx to check for examination dates and location.
Examination Mode Paper-based
Areas of Specialization
  • Information Technology
Professional Body The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)²
Location of Incorporation United States