Certified Information Systems Security Professional accreditations

Matthew Watson and David Lambert both now hold the CISSP certification. CISSP-logo-stacked

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification has become a pre-requisite for anyone developing a senior career in information security. The CISSP certification provides information security professionals with an objective measure of competence and a globally recognised standard of achievement.

A few months ago Matthew and David went on an intensive training course down in Wyboston to help boost and crystalise the knowledge and experience they have gained. After the course they both sat and passed the six hour CISSP exam. The course itself ran from Sunday through to Saturday with the exam being sat on the Sunday morning.

It’s not just a case however of turn up, do the 6 days of 11 hours a day then sit the exam and expect to pass, those 6 days really are just consolidating a breadth of knowledge and experience that you are expected to already gained over the years before going on the course.  A prerequisite for CISSP is a minimum of five years experience in at least two of the eight domains covered by the certification.  Those domains are;

Security and Risk Management – Asset Security – Security Engineering – Communications and Network Security – Identity and Access Management – Security Assessment and Testing – Security Operations – Software Development Security

Once the exam is passed the next stage is endorsement, both needed to submit their career histories showing their five years minimum each in the various security domains.    (ISC)² have now verified those histories and have granted both the full CISSP certification.  That isnt the end of it, each year a minimum number of continuing professional education credits need to be earned to keep the certification.

Atlas are very strongly focused on security, looking inwards at our own systems, outwards at the world in general and then back to our client companies and how to ensure with our advice they keep safe and secure from ever emerging threats from both outside and inside their organisation.

Update: 01/09/2016 – Matt, who was the Managed Services Team Leader, has now chosen to move into a role within a new organisation where his day to day activities are solely focused around security, as part of its overall portfolio Atlas continues to be strongly focused on security.