CISSP: The Best Cybersecurity Certification of 2020

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(ISC)²- CISSP is the Best Cybersecurity Certification of 2020 and also equivalent to a Masters by UK NARIC

Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems and networks from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

The field is becoming more important due to increased reliance on computer systems, the Internet, and wireless network standards such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and due to the growth of “smart” devices, including smartphones, televisions, and the various devices that constitute the “Internet of things”. Owing to its complexity, both in terms of politics and technology, cybersecurity is also one of the major challenges in the contemporary world.

What is (ISC)²?

(ISC)² is the World’s leading Cybersecurity Professional Organisation. (ISC)² is an international, nonprofit membership association for information security leaders like you. We’re committed to helping our members learn, grow, and thrive. More than 150,000 certified members strong, we empower professionals who touch every aspect of information security.

What is CISSP?

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an independent information security certification granted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)².

As of May 31, 2019, there are 136,480 (ISC)² members holding the CISSP certification worldwide, in 171 countries with the United States holding the highest member count at 87,343 members. In June 2004, the CISSP designation was accredited under the ANSI ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2003. It is also formally approved by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in their Information Assurance Technical (IAT), Managerial (IAM), and System Architect and Engineer (IASAE) categories for their DoDD 8570 certification requirement.

The CISSP curriculum covers subject matter in a variety of Information Security topics. The CISSP examination is based on what (ISC)² terms the Common Body of Knowledge (or CBK). According to (ISC)², “the CISSP CBK is a taxonomy – a collection of topics relevant to information security professionals around the world. The CISSP CBK establishes a common framework of information security terms and principles that allow information security professionals worldwide to discuss, debate, and resolve matters pertaining to the profession with a common understanding.”

From 15 April 2018, the CISSP curriculum is updated as follows:

  • Security and Risk Management
  • Asset Security
  • Security Architecture and Engineering
  • Communication and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Security Assessment and Testing
  • Security Operations
  • Software Development Security

The standard exam costs $699 (Rs. 53,000 approx) as of 2019. The CISSP credential is valid for three years; most holders renew by submitting Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. There is also a yearly membership fee required to maintain certification, this fee was increased by nearly 50% starting in mid-2019.

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