5 Types of Information Security Management Certifications

If you’re considering information security management certifications but are unsure which choice is right for you, it helps to be familiar with the major ones so you make the decision that best suits your interests and goals. Generally, it will also depend on how far along your career path and which areas of specialization you may be pursuing.

Chances are, you’ll select one of the following:

1. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

The exam for CISSP certification covers a large amount of material across multiple domains. It’s a good option if your goal is moving into IS management. It requires at least five years of cumulative, paid work experience in at least two domains, including risk management, security architecture, and engineering.

2. Information Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP-ISSMP)

Once you have earned your CISSP, you can opt for concentrations or additional training to hone your specialized information security skills. CISSP-ISSMP focuses on management instead of two other areas of concentration, architecture, and engineering. It is designed for IT professionals whose role within their company is to establish, present and manage security programs while at the same time utilizing their leadership strengths.

3. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

You may be interested in CISM certification if you’re in management and working on security strategies. It requires at least five years of information security management experience, although two years may be waived if you meet special education or other certification standards. CISM is an excellent option if you want to build or validate your expertise in information security governance, program development, or incident and risk management.

4. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

CISA certification can prove that a professional is fully equipped to handle the daily job requirements of an IS auditor. They possess the expertise to identify and address vulnerabilities, implement solutions, and evaluate process compliance. This option is well suited to mid-career individuals, and most consider it the gold standard for IT audit control and assurance. It’s a high-earning certification that validates your systems auditing, governance, and IT and business resilience management skills.

5. Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)

This certification program is a leadership track for information security professionals whose goal is to reach the highest executive levels in their field. To meet CCISO certification requirements, you must demonstrate at least five years of practice in all five domains before your application for an exam is considered for approval.

Elevate Your Information Security Management Career

To learn more about certification options as you advance in your IT career, consider working with Venteon Partners. We specialize in helping IT professionals excel. We coach them through job searches if that’s part of their growth and advancement plan. Contact us today to learn more.

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