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IT Security Training: CISSP Certification

The term system security is a relatively new idea. System security involves the tools and techniques used to keep the information and data within an IT organization secure from unauthorized access or use.


In the 1980s, computer security professionals began to recognize the need for a standard certification program that brought a much needed structure and usable expertise to system security. In 1989, this idea was realized. The Special Interest Group for Computer Security, an inner group of the Data Processing Management Association, created the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2. (ISC)2 provides world class training opportunities for Information Security professionals.

One certification program created by (ISC)2 is the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). The subjects covered in a CISSP training course involve a wide range of Information Security topics including Access Control, which gives the proper authority the power to control access to any resource in a computer-based information system. One of the most exciting IT fields, Cryptography, is also covered; Cryptography explains the secrets of basic algorithms and signatures along with cryptanalysis (creating and decoding secure or secret information). Other areas discussed include:

  • Information Security and Risk Management
  • Physical Security
  • Security Architecture and Design
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Telecommunications and Networking Security
  • Application Development Security
  • Operations Security
  • Legal, Regulations, Compliance and Investigations

These ten areas make up what is known as the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CISSP CBK).

If you wish to become a CISSP, you must:

  • Have at least five years of professional experience in two or more of the ten (ISC)2 CISSP CBK domains. However, you only need four years of professional experience if you possess a college degree.
  • Pass the CISSP Certification examination with a scaled score of 700 or higher. Candidates will have six hours to answer 250 multiple choice questions.
  • Present a completed Endorsement Form. This Endorsement Form, to be filled out by another Information Security professional in good standing, verifies your professional experience to the best of the endorser’s knowledge.

Ashford Global IT (AGIT) offers a five day CISSP training course to help you prepare for the CISSP Certification exam. You have the choice of registering for an open-enrollment course or virtual instructor-led course. If many of your colleagues wish to be trained, you can invite AGIT instructors to your company for on-site training.

In addition to providing students with a copy of the lecture material, 1500 practice questions, and a study guide written by AGIT’s primary CISSP instructor James Michael Stewart, Ashford Global IT offers a Success Guarantee. Ashford Global IT guarantees that their instructors will thoroughly prepare candidates for the CISSP Certification exam. In the unfortunate case that one does not pass the exam initially, the candidate is welcome to re-attend any open-enrollment CISSP course at absolutely no cost to the student. The only catch, the student will have to use the same study materials they were issued the first time around.

Contact Ashford Global IT today for more information on becoming a CISSP!

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