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Why Become a CISSP? by Shon Harris

As our world changes, the need for improvements in security and technology continues to grow. Corporations and other organizations are desperate to identify and recruit talented and experienced security professionals to help protect the resources on which they depend to run their businesses and remain competitive. As a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), you will be seen as a security professional of proven ability who has successfully met a predefined standard of knowledge and experience that is well understood and respected throughout the industry. By keeping this certification current, you will demonstrate your dedication to staying abreast of security developments.

Consider some of the reasons for attaining a CISSP certification:

To broaden your current knowledge of security concepts and practices
To demonstrate your expertise as a seasoned security professional
To become more marketable in a competitive workforce
To increase your salary and be eligible for more employment opportunities
To bring improved security expertise to your current occupation
To show a dedication to the security discipline

The CISSP certification helps companies identify which individuals have the ability, knowledge, and experience necessary to implement solid security practices; perform risk analysis; identify necessary countermeasures; and help the organization as a whole protect its facility, network, systems, and information. The CISSP certification also shows potential employers you have achieved a level of proficiency and expertise in skill sets and knowledge required by the security industry. The increasing importance placed on security in corporate success will only continue in the future, leading to even greater demands for highly skilled security professionals. The CISSP certification shows that a respected third-party organization has recognized an individual's technical and theoretical knowledge and expertise, and distinguishes that individual from those who lack this level of knowledge.

Understanding and implementing security practices is an essential part of being a good network administrator, programmer, or engineer. Job descriptions that do not specifically target security professionals still often require that a potential candidate have a good understanding of security concepts as well as how to implement them. Due to staff size and budget restraints, many organizations can't afford separate network and security staffs. But they still believe security is vital to their organization. Thus, they often try to combine knowledge of technology and security into a single role. With a CISSP designation, you can put yourself head and shoulders above other individuals in this regard.

About the author

Shon Harris, CISSP is the founder and CEO of Logical Security, a computer security consultant, a former engineer in the Air Force's Information Warfare unit, an instructor and an author. She has authored three best selling CISSP books, was a contributing author to the book Hacker's Challenge, a contributing author to the book Gray Hat Hacking, a contributing author to the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Implementation book and a technical editor for Information Security Magazine. Ms. Harris has developed a full digital information security product series for Pearson publishing.

This effective self-study guide fully prepares you for the challenging CISSP exam and offers 100% coverage of all exam domains. This edition has been thoroughly revised to cover the new CISSP 2018 Common Body of Knowledge, hot spot and drag and drop question formats, and more. CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Eighth Edition features hands-on exercises as well as "Notes," "Tips," and "Cautions" that provide real-world insight and call out potentially harmful situations. Each chapter features learning objectives, exam tips, and practice questions with in-depth answer explanations. Beyond exam prep, the guide also serves as an ideal on-the-job reference for IT security professionals.

Fully updated to cover 2018 exam objectives and question formats
Digital content includes access to the Total Tester test engine with 1500 practice questions, and flashcards
Serves as an essential on-the-job-reference

CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Eighth Edition