Definition: The abbreviation, CISSP, stands for the highly specialized information security certification: Certified Information Systems Security Professional. This level of professional recognition or certification is offered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. and attests that an individual possesses a high level of skills and knowledge. The certification is recognized worldwide. The certification test is comprehensive and covers information security concepts from “Access Control” to “Telecommunications and Network Security”. Individuals must also verify suitable work experience and are subject to periodic recertification requirements.

Its Relevance: A potential employer can rely on the fact that the above mentioned security standards represent security best practices in business and industry. Questions about an individual’s level of technical expertise can be satisfied based upon what the certification examination covers. The categories are specified at the organization’s web site:

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