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This Week: Earning Your CISSP

The CISSP is an expansive security exam covering eight domains. CBT Nuggets trainer Keith Barker calls the course, “A mile wide and two inches deep.” It’s not only dense, but also requires membership in (ISC)2 and a sponsorship. There’s lots of debate about its worth relative to other security exams.

This week, we covered how to find a sponsor, what counts as CISSP work experience, how to find a sponsor, and whether to even earn the CISSP.

What Counts As CISSP Experience?
CISSP requires a minimum of five years paid work experience in two or more of the eight security domains on the exam. However, there are other ways to count CISSP experience. Here are a few.

How to Find Your (ISC)2 CISSP Sponsor
Earning your CISSP isn’t as simple as passing an exam. To earn the certification, test takers need work experience and to be endorsed by a sponsor. Here’s how to find a sponsor — and why you need one.

Should You Get Your CISSP?
Whether or not you should get your CISSP is a loaded question with a simple answer: It depends. When it comes to IT security, there are many options out there. Here are a few reasons you should (or shouldn’t) work toward CISSP certification.

How Many CISSPs Are There In the World?
The highest concentrations of CISSP certification holders in the world are in the Cayman Islands, Singapore, the United States, and Bermuda. Here’s the complete list of the number of CISSPs per 100,000 people.


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