Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an information security certification that was developed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)².


The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an information security certification that was developed by the International InformationSystems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)².

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam is designed to ensure that someone handling computer security for a company or client has mastered a standardized body of knowledge. The six-hour exam, which asks 250 questions, certifies security professionals in ten different areas:

  1. Access control systems and methodology
  2. Application and systems development security
  3. Business continuity planning & disaster recovery planning
  4. Cryptography
  5. Law, investigation, and ethics
  6. Operations security
  7. Physical security
  8. Security architecture and models
  9. Security management practices
  10. Telecommunications and networking security

The exam is designed for professionals with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience. 

This was first published in June 2007

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