Getting certified in information security

Monday, 21 July 2003, 10:22 AM EST

If you believe in the value of professional certification, you probably already have one or more certifications in business continuity. The two principal certification groups in this area — the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII, www.drii.org) and the Business Continuity Institute (BCI, www.thebci.org) — offer multiple levels of certification. Now, if you also recognize information security and business continuity as complementary practices, you might want to add an information security certification to your credentials.

The most widely accepted professional certification in information security is the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, or CISSP. Achievement of this certification is the result of a rigorous six-hour examination. This article provides background on the CISSP, the organization that sponsors it, and some thoughts on the exam from one who has taken it.

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