Why should you want to get the CISSP certification?

Thor Pedersen | CISSP • PMP • CISM
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The CISSP is the GOLD standard of IT Security certifications – it is offered by ISC². 

  • The most sought after by recruiters, HR and hiring managers.
  • Currently 76,000 CISSP job openings in the US, that is more openings than the 67,000 CISSP certified individuals in the US!
  • Expected addition of 4.5 million IT Security job worldwide by 2020 – from todays 1,5 million to 6 million in 2020. 
  • There are as of January 2018 122,289 CISSP’s worldwide in 166 countries.
  • If you study for the knowledge, take the certification as well.
  • CISSP certified IT Security Professionals make on average 35% more, than non-certified colleagues.
  • The CISSP mean salary over $105,000 – $125,000 That is the average.
  • IT Security is an awesome field to work in, constant growth and specialization possibilities.
  • The projected growth of IT Security and the CISSP certification, remember already today there are more open CISSP jobs in the US than there are CISSP certified people.

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  • Prepare for the 2018 version of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification Exam (next CISSP update is in 2021).
  • Clear understanding of CISSP Domain 1 (Security and Risk Management).
  • Clear understanding of CISSP Domain 2 (Asset Security).
  • Understand IT Security and Cyber Security from a management level perspective.
  • Where to start on your CISSP certification journey.
  • Learn why you want to get your CISSP certification, what it can give you.
English Let's start out with the obvious question: why would I want to get my CISSP certification? So let me for a minute put on my salesman hat and explain to you exactly why it's a great time to get CISSP certified. The CISSP certification is by far the gold standard in IT security certifications. It's the one that's requested the most by recruiters and by HR, and it is also one of the best paid ones. There's also tremendous demand for CISSP certified individuals. There are actually more job openings requesting a CISSP than there are people in the United States who hold the certification, almost with a 10,000 thousand margin. There are 67,000 CISSP certified people in the United States and currently there are 76,000 jobs looking for people with their CISSP certification. My assumption is the vast majority of the people who have the CISSP certification already are already employed. So there's a huge demand, not just for the CISSP, but for anyone who is in IT security, and who's good at it. And the trend is going to get much stronger over the next couple of years. We estimate that today there's about 1.5 million security professionals in the world. And by 2020 the demand is going to be 6 million. That's four times the people in just a few years and that demand keeps increasing every time there's a major breach. I'm going to pull a heat map up from CyberSeek real quick where you can see the top IT security certifications, how many people are certified, and how many open jobs there are. If you look at the front page, and again this is for the U.S., but the trend across the rest of the world is very similar. There's just around 750,000 IT security professionals in the United States right now. And there are 300,000 job openings for IT security professionals, just over a million jobs in the United States right now. And 30% of those positions, we're unable to fill. Down here at the bottom right you can see the IT security certifications, how many people are certified, and how many open jobs are. Most of them have a lot of interesting job opportunities. But by far CISSP is the most requested. For the CISSP certification, 69,000 certified people, 76,000 job openings. Another certification that hits about the same level as the CISSP as far as where you are in the organization is the CISM. 10,000 certified people, 24,000 open jobs. CISA, 28,000 certified people and 39,000 open jobs. And those three, along with some of the other high end certifications, are more in demand because they're much more difficult than some of the low level certifications. If we look at the Security+ certification, there's 167,000 certified individuals in the United States, and 33,000 open jobs. That's actually not a bad ratio when you look at job openings in general, but compared to the CISSP it's pretty bad. Let me just show you real quick up here the career pathway. It gives you a very high level view where you can pick where you want to end up in IT security, and some suggestions on how to get there. If I want to be a cyber security manager or administrator these are the suggested paths I can take to be ready for that. So let's say my mid-level job would be cyber security analyst. My entry job could be a cybersecurity technician. It will then show me the job titles, the average salary, the suggested certifications, as well as how many job openings there are for someone doing just that. There are, as of January 2018, just over 122,000 CISSP certified individuals in the world, and they're spread out across 166 countries. When I took my CISSP certification I was living in Denmark. Denmark is a tiny country. I think there are maybe a total of 20 CISSP certified people in the entire country. Talk about being in demand. And if you're one of those people who, like me, needs to keep learning and acquiring knowledge, I have a lot of IT certifications, I could have had twice as many if I had certified for all the stuff I read up on. But some of this stuff I knew, I don't want to be certified here. But having said all that, if you are studying just for the knowledge for the CISSP certification, this is one of those certifications I would very much recommend where you're actually going to take the exam. Don't just learn. And here is why. A CISSP certified IT security professional makes on average 35% more than their non-certified colleagues. Those are the people they work with, and their salary level is really nice. These are again numbers in the United States. So where you're at, depending on salary levels, it could be higher or lower. The mean salary in the U.S. for a CISSP certified individual is between $105,000 and $125,000. And that's the average. I know, normally a mean salary would be just one number because mean is just the average, but depending on the source you ask, you get a different answer. If you ask some of those certification training providers, they provide much higher numbers. That could be global knowledge. From what I'm seeing, and what I've seen from (ISC)², it's somewhere around $110,000, which is an amazing average salary for a certification. And then on top of that, IT security is an awesome field to work in. The field is always growing. There's always chances to learn new things. And by now it's so big that almost regardless of what you choose to specialize in, there are a ton of growth opportunity in any direction. We connect everything to the Internet. If you remember back just five years, think how connected we are now compared to then. Then imagine in five years. Huge demand now. Crazy demand in a couple of years. And there are many good reasons to take your CISSP certification. I hope you think IT security's awesome. But in most cases people wanted a better life for their family. They want to make more money. They want to get out of the dead end job. And getting a certification in I.T. Security can do just that for you. What are you waiting for? All right. Sales pitch off.