By: Ryan Corey  |  Date: 09/04/08
Tags: Cyber Security, (ISC)2, CISSP

The designation of Certified Information Systems Security Professional was the first credential accredited by ANSI to ISO Standard 17024:2003 in the field of information security. The CISSP Certification was implemented to create an international standard of recognition for the individual who has mastered a Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) regarding information security. It provides an objective method to measure the individual’s competence.

Public and private organizations worldwide are implementing new procedures to manage the risks to vital data and preserve the integrity of their infrastructure. Governmental agencies are employing CISSP holders to address the real threats to the security of their countries by criminal and terrorist organizations. In the quest for information security, the certification process is vital and the developments of applications are expanding on a daily basis.

For the individual and the organization there are many advantages to taking the issues surrounding information security to the next level: from discussion to implementation through the best practices that have become the standard in the industry.
CISSP certification is beneficial to:
•    Network Administrators, Engineers, Auditors
•    Enterprise Server Architects
•    IT Managers, Directors, Analysts, Administrators
•    Information Security Officers, Security Policy Specialists

To become CISSP certified, an individual must successfully complete two separate processes: Examination and Certification.
The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 has recently introduced three new certifications for security professionals. CISSP holders can now benefit from the Information Systems Security Professional (ISSxP) concentrations in Architecture (ISSAP), Engineering (ISSEP) and Management (ISSMP).

According to Ed Zeitler, the Executive Director of (ISC) 2 the motivation behind the Engineering Professional concentration (CISSP-ISSEP) which was developed the domain characteristics in conjunction with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) was to enable the team members to have demonstrated expertise in engineering criteria as it applies to information security.