CISSP

          The Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification offered by ISC2 is the most highly sought after certification for employers.  ISC2 has done an excellent job marketing this certification as the top credential for information security professionals.  Nearly all of the high level INFOSEC jobs within the private industry and federal government require the employee to hold this certification.  This certification qualifies you to work at any level in the DoD according to the DoD 8570.1 manual.  Since this certification is the most highly sought after, it is also the most highly paid. CISSP’s can easily pull in $100,000 a year and in many cases even more.   Holding this certification has given me enormous opportunity in the information security profession and has added to my salary significantly.  After passing the test and obtaining the CISSP certification my employer immediately gave me a 18% raise which has become very common.  This certification, however, is not an easy achievement.  People routinely study for months to prepare for the grueling 6 hour 250 question test.  I was one of those people that didn’t have a ton of free time to study since I was working full time.  I decided that I would purchase a self study kit and use any free time I had to prepare.  After researching self study book for a few weeks and talking to other CISSP’s I decided to use the CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh EditionI used the same book publisher for my Security+ certification so I knew the quality and content of this book would be top notch. Many of the CISSP’s consider this book to be the bible of the CISSP.  Purchasing this book turned out to be a great decision as I was able to pass the test on my very first try!  This book has become the go to book for nearly all CISSP candidates.  Every CISSP that I spoke with said that they started out their preparation with this book and all of them said they don’t know if they would have been able to pass the test without it.  I can certainly agree with that statement!

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