IT security professionals face tighter accreditation

Antony Savvas

Information security professionals are facing a tighter accreditation process.

Training certification body (ISC)2 has approved new professional experience and endorsement requirements for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification

From 1 October 2007, the minimum experience requirement for certification will be five years of relevant work experience in two or more of the 10 domains of the CISSP CBK, a series of information security areas recognised by professionals worldwide.

Alternatively, four years of work experience with an applicable college degree or a credential from the (ISC)2 -approved list will be good enough for certification.

Currently, CISSP candidates are required to have four years of work experience or three years of experience with an applicable college degree or a credential from the (ISC)2-approved list, in one or more of the 10 domains of the CISSP CBK.

Also effective from 1 October, CISSP candidates will be required to obtain an endorsement of their candidature exclusively from an (ISC)2-certified professional in good standing. 

Currently, candidates can be endorsed by an officer from the candidate’s organisation if no CISSP endorsement can be obtained.

The professional endorsing the candidate can hold any (ISC)2 base certification - CISSP, Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) or Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAPCM).

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