Certifications for IT Professionals

By David S. Chang

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One of the highest paying jobs are those in the IT sector. The tech sector is expected to continue growing with more demand for people with IT skills for the foreseeable future.

One of the easiest ways to develop your IT skills is to get certified in a specific IT field. A popular IT certification is the BCS Certification in Information Security Management. This certification is designed to demonstrate one’s competence in regards to a number of subject areas that are associated with information security (IS) management. 

The Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP) certification includes IS management issues such as risk management, security standards, legislation and business continuity. The CISMP certification is globally recognized and designed by industry experts. If you’re involved in security, whether in identity management services or document classification, the CISMP certification can be highly relevant in today’s marketplace.

There are no formal entry requirements to attain the certification. However, you should have basic working IT knowledge and an awareness of the issues involved with the security control activities. There are plenty of IT security training courses you can take to help you prepare for the exam.

There are two ways to get the qualification. You can take the training with an accredited training provider then take the exam, or if you are self-motivated and already have the necessary knowledge, you can opt to directly take the exam. Course prices vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

The BCS textbook Information Security Management Principles is one resource to reference regardless of the path you choose. The exam is a two-hour “closed book” test with 100 multiple choice questions. In order to pass you need to score at 65% (65/100). You can take the exam at any Pearson Vue test centre across the world.

Once you take the exam and pass, you will be issues your certification by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. The CISMP certification is helpful for anyone with an interest in information security, whether as a career or for general business knowledge.

David S. Chang

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