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Still got it: CISSP certification a must for aspiring security professionals

Posted on December 20, 2016 in Articles | by

Rumors of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification’s demise are greatly exaggerated. In January 2015, I published an article on this site titled CISSP: The crown jewel of security certifications, in which I argued that the CISSP credential was the cybersecurity field’s premier certification.

At the time, I said that getting CISSP certified is “an almost mandatory rite of passage in the career of information security specialists and a prerequisite for many advanced roles in the profession.” Much has changed in the security certification landscape over the intervening two years, but I stand by my assessment today.

Just looking at sheer numbers, the CISSP continues to thrive. Two years ago, there were just over 99,000 CISSP credential holders worldwide. Today, there are more 111,000 CISSP-certified cybersecurity professionals. That’s at least 12 percent growth during the period of time that some assert the CISSP was in decline as a certification.

Published December 20, 2016 on certmag.com

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Mike Chapple, CISSP, Ph.D.

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