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Associate Program Boosts Preparations For Career in IT Security

ISC Squared : 16 January, 2012  (Company News)
Professional Body launches new associate program to assist budding cyber security professionals along the career ladder
ISC-squared has expanded the Associate of (ISC)² program to include the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSL) and Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) credentials.  Already available for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credentials, the Associate of (ISC)² program allows aspiring information security professionals to sit for a credential exam to assess their knowledge and build their professional network while they’re gaining the work experience required to become certified.

Upon passing either the CISSP, CSSLP, CAP or SSCP exams, which test a candidate’s understanding of the applicable CBKÒ, (ISC)²'s taxonomy of global information security topics, the Associate of (ISC)² will gain access to an elite peer network and career development resources offered exclusively to (ISC)² members. Additionally, Associates of (ISC)² gain access to the same benefits as (ISC)2’s certified members, including a suite of career development and support programs, such as a job search site, career clinics, virtual communities, networking events and continuing education opportunities.

Associates must subscribe to and abide by the (ISC)² Code of Ethics, earn continuing education credits annually and pay annual membership fees. To become certified, Associates of (ISC)2 must gain the requisite work experience for the credential they are pursuing within five years for CSSLP and within three years for CAP and be endorsed by an (ISC)²-certified professional in good standing.

While open to all interested candidates, the Associate program is also a resource for universities looking to support graduates’ transition into professional life. Since 2003, graduates at Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London, have offered students in-class CBK Review Seminars and the opportunity to write the CISSP or SSCP exam at the end of their program.      

“We welcome (ISC)2’s  commitment to supporting graduates  as they move into the working world,” says Dr. Chez Ciechanowicz,  course director,  Information Security Group, Royal Holloway University. “There is a real need to support new interest in the field, and being part of a professional community can be a real asset to newcomers moving on to finding that all-important first job. Our students have told us that they are absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to gain Associate status.”

“The Associate program is a great way for those early in their careers to assess their knowledge and certification readiness and to show employers they are committed to practicing the highest standards and ethics in the field,” said Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, executive director of (ISC)². “Given the industry’s current shortage of information security professionals, we are pleased to offer the Associate program to help increase the number of skilled professionals that our cyber threat landscape requires. This program furthers (ISC)²'s commitment to serving the needs of information security professionals at any age and/or stage of their careers as they travel along their career paths.”

The CSSLP, designed for professionals involved in the software lifecycle, requires four years of professional experience in the software development lifecycle (SDLC) in one or more of the seven domains of the (ISC)² CSSLP CBK, while the CAP, designed for professionals responsible for formalizing processes used to assess risk and establishing security requirements and documentation, requires two years of work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the (ISC)² CAP CBK.
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