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CISSP Certification Requirements

Created by Ajotri Singh in Articles 6 Jan 2024
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The full form of CISSP is Certified Information Systems Security Professional, this certification is one of the most prestigious and respected credentials in the field of information security.  It is designed to evaluate expertise in various domains including


1. Security and Risk Management
2. Asset Security
3. Security Engineering
4. Communication and Network Security
5. Identity and Access management
6. Security Assessment and Testing
7. Security Operations
8. Software Development Security

This certification is recognized globally for professionals working in the field of information security. Sometimes It may consider as an essential qualification for individuals looking to advance their career in this field.

So who should go for CISSP certification? There are some factors on which the answer to this question depends including your


job role
Level of Experience
Long-Term Career Goals

Below, we discuss some of the individuals who should consider pursuing the CISSP certification.

Information security professionals:

This certification is mainly recommended for the professionals who are working in the information security field. If you are looking to advance your career in this field then CISSP certification can provide you the necessary skills, knowledge and recognition. This includes security consultants, security analysts, network architects, and chief information security officers.

IT professionals: 

CISSP certification is primarily intended for information security professionals however it can also be beneficial for IT professionals who are responsible for managing information security in their organizations. Some of the IT professional profiles are  system administrators, database administrators, network engineers and IT managers.

Risk management professionals:

The CISSP certification can be beneficial for professionals working in risk management who need to understand the security implications of various risk scenarios. This includes risk analysts, compliance officers, and audit professionals.

Business leaders:

The CISSP certification is primarily a technical certification so it can also be beneficial for business leaders who need to understand the importance of information security in their organizations. The business leaders profiles may include CXOs and other senior executives who are responsible for managing risk and ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their organization's information assets.

In addition to the above job roles there may be few other factors which can be considered while deciding whether to pursue CISSP certification or not. These include:

Level of experience:

As per the CISSP certification guidelines it requires a minimum five years of experience in information security and at least two of those years in a leadership role.
If you don't have this level of experience than you may want to consider pursuing other certifications or gaining more experience before pursuing the CISSP.

Career goals:

The CISSP certification is a comprehensive certification that covers a wide range of information security domains.
If you are looking for a specific specialization such as  penetration testing, incident response etc. than you may want to consider pursuing more targeted certifications in those areas.

Cost and time commitment:

The CISSP certification is a significant investment in terms of both time and money. The exam costs several hundred dollars, and the preparation process can take several months. Before pursuing the CISSP, you should carefully consider whether this investment is worth it based on your career goals and long-term plans.

So let's conclude it, the CISSP is an excellent certification  for professionals working in the field of information security. It offers you a good knowledge and understanding on various domains of information security and it is also recognized globally as a standard of excellence in the field. You can definitely consider it If you are working as an information security professional, IT professional, risk management professional or as business leader.

Ajotri Singh

Ajotri Singh is working as a security architect in a service provider company in India. He has also been associated with many organizations in the past such as HCL, Accenture, BT and PWC etc. In his organization he is taking care of large scale complex network security projects which requires special multiple technical skills and right ...

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Comments (3)

Dcancerian Student
9 Apr 2023 | 04:37 pm

If I want to do CEH then do I have first to obtain CISSP certification ? Please respond. Thanks

Ajotri Singh User
9 Apr 2023 | 04:42 pm

CEH and CISSP certifications are not dependent on each other, you can do CEH without CISSP. However if you require or wish to learn more about information security and risk management then you can surely go for CISSP.

Jyotsena Iyer Student
12 Oct 2023 | 11:54 pm

Do you start any live batch for CISSP? please let me know

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