Definition: The abbreviation, CISSP, stands for the highly specialized level of information security certification: Certified Information Systems Security Professional. This level of professional recognition 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: Finding knowledgeable information technology staff is difficult.  A potential employer can rely on the fact that a CISSP certification represents that a certain level of skill and knowledge. An individual who is certified as a CISSP is both aware proficient with security best practices. Questions about an individual’s level of technical expertise can be satisfied based upon what the certification examination requires. The categories are specified at the organization’s web site:

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