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Taking a Closer Look at CISSP and CISA Certifications

Do you want to get a high paying job? Well, everyone else does. Who does not want to be paid well while at the same time, enjoy the work that you are doing like it is not even work at all? Then get yourself an information security certification and you will surely never regret it as bigger rewards await those fortunate ones who will pass. Two of the most sought after certifications nowadays are Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Getting both CISSP and CISA certifications require potential candidates to meet certain requirements as accredited by two institutions: Systems Security Certification Consortium or (ISC)2 for CISSP and Information Systems Audit and Control Association or ISACA for CISA. While a CISSP candidate needs to answer 250 questions in a six-hour time frame, a CISA aspirant has to answer 200 questions within four hours, both of which come in multiple choice formats.

For CISSP, exam questions will be derived from the ten Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) domains, which are the following: Access Control Systems & Methodology, Applications & Systems Development, Business Continuity Planning, Cryptography, Law, Investigation & Ethics, Operations Security, Physical Security, Security Architecture & Models, Security Management Practices and Telecommunications, Network & Internet Security. For CISA, possible exam questions were taken from the six Content Areas, and these are: IS Audit Process, IT Governance, Systems & Infrastructure Lifecycle Management, IT Service Delivery & Support, Protection of Information Assets, and Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery. Should you wish to register for a CISSP or CISA exam, please visit their web sites at and


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