The CISSP exam is not your ordinary exam that you take everyday with your classroom professor. Aside from paying a considerable amount of money ($500 depending on country or location), passing the CISSP exam does not mean the end of your sleepless nights and cramming sessions with your fellow CISSP aspirants. CISSP is an ongoing certification process, which means that being a CISSP will again require you to take another exam to regain your certification. The reason is that your CISSP credential is only valid for three years. Pretty tough, isnt it?
Yes it is, but the fruits of your labor will be taken cared of as companies pay big bucks to CISSP exam passers. If you decide on not to take the exam anymore, then you also have the option to earn 120 Continuing Professional Education credits or CPE. Earning such credits may mean publishing your own book, writing of CISSP articles, attending seminars, or teaching the concepts of CISSP through classroom discussions. These activities have their own corresponding CPE credits and earning 120 points is definitely just a piece of cake.
There are some who also opt to take the next certification level, which is essentially the best thing to do. However, it may take years of experience, exposure and expertise to meet the requirements of (ISC)2, as rigorous knowledge of certain CBK domains is a must. Passing the exam proves your worth to be called one of the following advanced CISSP certification: (1) Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), (2) Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP) and (3) Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP).