The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) accreditation process is administrated by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. Statistics show that 48,598 CISSP candidates from 120 countries were certified by (ISC)2 as of April 11, 2007.
In order to attain CISSP certification, a candidate must have knowledge and skills over the wide series of information security topics under the CISSP umbrella field of knowledge. The CISSP curriculum is comprised of 10 domains which collectively and individually represent the best applications of information security worldwide. The CISSP curriculum includes the subcategories of telecommunication networking security, security architectural design, environmental security, legal scope and operations security, risk management of information security, cryptography, business permanence and disaster recovery planning, applications security, and access control.
The CISSP candidates must have at least five years handling experience in information security. You may also present your a Bachelors or Masters degree in Information Security or other certifications from some other institute. A candidate must confirm that he is innocent of any criminal related activity and must accept the Code of Ethics of CISSP. The CISSP exam (whose passing mark is 700 points or over) is devoted to 250 questions to be accomplished within six hours. Moreover, a candidate should be endorsed by another information security certified expert regarding his assertions of a professional inclination towards information security engineering.
Another thing that a CISSP professional should remember is that CISSP certification is valid for three years, after which it should be renewed. CISSP certification renewal can be attained either by retaking examination or attaining at least 120 credits for Continuing Professional Education (CPE). There are several ways to attain CPEs credits, such as attending classes, conferences and seminars, or disseminating information to others.