CISSP Certification Test: How Can It Benefit Your Place of Business?

No business is too small or too inconsequential to be hacked by those with malicious intent. And no business is so small that such a hack couldn't have devastating results. Whether it's your finances or your clients' information that hackers target, a cybersecurity breach can have devastating results for your business's reputation and future success. This is why every business ought to consider the benefits of having employees skilled in the arena of cybersecurity and promoting a culture of cyber awareness.

For example, did you know that a recent tech report found that 91% of cyber-attacks began with a phishing email? Such a phishing email, when opened by an employee accessing the Internet via their business network (either onsite or remotely) can allow hackers access to that very business network and the information shared and stored within.

This is a serious risk and yet every year employees fall prey to such a simple scam -- which is why it is so important to have all employees undergo annual cybersecurity awareness training.

In addition to this general promotion of a cyber-secure business culture, employers should consider having top-performing tech employees undergo further training with CISSP certification.

The Basics of CISSP Certification & Why It's Important to Businesses

CISSP is an acronym for Certified Information Systems Security Professional and is a certification that was created and presented by the esteemed International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC). This is a global non-profit organization that has specialized in providing the best information for IT security.

ISC drafted the CISSP certification course to assist and elevate those professionals who have proven deep technical and managerial competence with the skills, experience, and authority to design, engineer, implement, and manage the information security program to protect a given organization from malware and malicious attacks.

The importance of CISSP certification for businesses is two-fold emphasis of first on-the-ground implementation and second management of the implemented programs. This means that certification demonstrates employees ability to create effective business solutions and to stay onsite to ensure that those solutions are properly managed to the benefit of the business.

Instead of outsourcing IT problems or having a third-party come in to install cyber protections, employers who have their employees undergo this stringent certification process can rest assured that they have the right protocols in place to protect against attacks of all sizes.

Helping Your Employees Obtain This Certification

First off, every business stands to gain with at least one employee trained in cybersecurity because every business stands to lose with a cyber-attack. That said, obtaining CISSP certification is no easy process as the ISC does hold this certification in the highest regard. In fact, this certification has been adopted by the United States government as a baseline for entry into the NSA.

In considering which employees to send on to training and preparation for this exam, employers should consider relevant experience and background. This is NOT an entry-level certification.

Those looking to sit for the exam should possess at least five years of paid, full-time employment in cybersecurity or related positions and have a post-high school degree within this sector. For best effects, employees should also have detailed experience in two of the eight domains that are covered by the CISSP exam. Those eight domains are:

  • Asset Security
  • Communication and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security Assessment and Testing
  • Security Engineering
  • Security Operation
  • Security and Risk Management
  • Software Development and Testing

The exam itself takes about six hours and will include 250 questions across all eight of these cyber-knowledge domains. Once your employees have trained and passed to receive their CISSP certification, they will have demonstrated their knowledge and authority is all eight areas and will come back with the following key benefits:

  • Latest understanding of how to protect confidential business information. CISSP training includes the latest insight on how to protect classified business information from hackers. This is key as how hackers approach their targets and institute attacks is constantly changing and so businesses need to stay abreast of latest changes.
  • Enhanced understanding of how to analyze risk. Knowing how to analyze risks and being aware of common hacker strategies in a key facet for businesses. Professionals with a CISSP certification have proven their knowledge in understanding how to analyze the risk of any system, determine the weakest points of a system, and assess how they can be enhanced.
  • Improve customer and employee privacy. Every organization that collects and stores private customer and employee data is likewise responsible for ensuring that data stays secure. CISSP-trained individuals will have shown their aptitude in ensuring such information stays with the business only.

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