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CIS 608 - Information Security Management

Friday, September 23, 2011

Post 020 - CIS 608

About the CISSP Certification...

These are two articles about one of the most prestigious and most sought after IT professional certifications in the world - the CISSP:

1. (ISC)2 at a crossroads: CISSP value vs. security industry growth

1. The first article deals with the age old issue of quality vs. quantity. The (ISC)2 folks are pushing for more people to get the CISSP certification, saying that the Information Security field will need 2 million more professionals in the next 24 months - that is the Quantity side of the argument. Critics of this approach say that (ISC)2 is too focused on numbers and that they haven't done enough for existing CISSPs. And apparently there are only about 76,000 Information Security professionals who have a current CISSP certification. - That is the Quality side of the argument.

2. This link contains MANY valuable resources for those you think that they might like to explore the idea of getting a CISSP.

Personal comment:
I earned my CISSP certification in July 2004 and I have continuously and faithfully kept it current by going to school, and training courses, and keeping up with the (ISC)2 requirements for the Continuing Professional Education units. None of this is easy or cheap, but if you consider the weight and prestige the CISSP carries in the Information Technology industry, you will quickly understand why I worked so hard to get it and why I work even harder to keep it current.

Finally, it certainly doesn't hurt your Google rankings. Don't believe me? Search on these three strings:


I just have one thought-provoking question: When you have a CISSP certification, why are people so insanely jealous about it? Who knows? Maybe it's brain envy?!?


Best regards,

William Favre Slater, III
MBA, M.S., PMP, CISSP, SSCP, CISA, ISO 27002, ISO 20000, ITIL v3, Cloud Computing Foundation
Project Manager / Program Manager
Chicago, IL 60622
United States of America

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