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Certified in Cybersecurity℠

Introducing your ultimate starting point for an exciting career — Certified in Cybersecurity℠

Take the first step to a rewarding career and get Certified in Cybersecurity from (ISC)², the world’s leading cybersecurity professional organization known for the CISSP®. You don’t need experience — just the passion and drive to enter a field that opens limitless opportunities around the globe.

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Get the (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity Online Self-Paced Training course FREE when you purchase your voucher (USD $199).* Prepare for the exam on your own schedule with access to course content for 180 days. We’re committed to your success — as an added value, with this special offer, you’ll have two opportunities to pass the exam.

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*Redemption on or after August 29 recommended for operational exam and immediate results.

Certified in Cybersecurity

Get The Ultimate Guide to Certified in Cybersecurity

Find out everything you need to know about the entry-level certification, including:

  • Why Pursue a Career in Cybersecurity?
  • What’s Covered in the Exam?
  • What are My Exam Prep Options?
  • What are the Benefits of Certification?
  • And more!

Your Pathway to Certified in Cybersecurity

Who is a Good Fit for Certified in Cybersecurity?

The Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level certification is ideal for:

  • IT professionals
  • Career-changers
  • College students or recent graduates
  • Advanced high school students or recent graduates

Top 5 nontechnical skills recommended for candidates:

  1. Ability to work in a team
  2. Ability to work independently
  3. Project management experience
  4. Customer service experience
  5. Presentation skills

Top 5 personality attributes recommended for candidates:

  1. Problem solving
  2. Creativity
  3. Analytical thinking
  4. Desire to learn
  5. Critical thinking

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Certified in Cybersecurity is right for you.

What Makes Certified in Cybersecurity Your Best Move?

  • Respect - Validate your knowledge and build credibility.
  • Job offers and advancement - Gain the solid foundation of cybersecurity knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.
  • Growth and learning - Develop new skills you can apply in day-to-day work.
  • Pathway to cybersecurity careers and advanced certifications - Build a strong foundation for an infosec career and become familiar with exam formats for advanced (ISC)² certifications like the CISSP®.
  • Community of professionals - Access a network of peers and CPE/learning opportunities.
  • Higher salaries - (ISC)² members report 35% higher salaries than non-members.

Prepare for Success

(ISC)² offers a choice of flexible exam prep options for Certified in Cybersecurity that will help you gain the solid foundation of knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.

We’re committed to your success — as an added value, you’ll have two opportunities to pass the exam. And with access to course content for 180 days, you can schedule your exam anytime you’re ready when further study is required.

Online Self-Paced Training – FREE for a limited time when you purchase your exam voucher (US $199)*
Train at your own pace through an engaging learning experience and build a solid foundation of knowledge on the domains covered in the exam.

Online Instructor-Led Training – Includes exam voucher (US $625)
Participate in live sessions led by an (ISC)² Authorized Instructor and work on your own through an engaging self-paced learning experience.

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*Redemption on or after August 29 recommended for operational exam and immediate results.

What to Expect on the Exam

The Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level exam evaluates your knowledge across the following five security domains:

  1. Security Principles
  2. Incident Response, Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) Concepts
  3. Access Controls Concepts
  4. Network Security
  5. Security Operations

Register for Your Exam
We’re committed to your success — as an added value, you’ll have two opportunities to pass the exam. And with access to course content for 180 days, you can schedule your exam anytime you’re ready when further study is required.

Create an account with Pearson VUE, the leading provider of global computer-based testing for certification and licensure exams. Get details on testing locations, policies, accommodations and more on their website.

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Join a Global Community of Cybersecurity Leaders

Once you’re certified and become an (ISC)² member, you’re a part of a global community of certified cybersecurity professionals committed to inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. You’ll gain access to a wealth of continuing education opportunities that will help you keep your skills sharp, stay informed of the latest trends and best practices and ensure your expertise remains relevant in every stage of your career. Learn more about (ISC)² member benefits.

The Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level certification is ideal for:

  • IT professionals
  • Career-changers
  • College students or recent graduates
  • Advanced high school students or recent graduates

Top 5 nontechnical skills recommended for candidates:

  1. Ability to work in a team
  2. Ability to work independently
  3. Project management experience
  4. Customer service experience
  5. Presentation skills

Top 5 personality attributes recommended for candidates:

  1. Problem solving
  2. Creativity
  3. Analytical thinking
  4. Desire to learn
  5. Critical thinking

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Certified in Cybersecurity is right for you.

What Makes Certified in Cybersecurity Your Best Move?

  • Respect - Validate your knowledge and build credibility.
  • Job offers and advancement - Gain the solid foundation of cybersecurity knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.
  • Growth and learning - Develop new skills you can apply in day-to-day work.
  • Pathway to cybersecurity careers and advanced certifications - Build a strong foundation for an infosec career and become familiar with exam formats for advanced (ISC)² certifications like the CISSP®.
  • Community of professionals - Access a network of peers and CPE/learning opportunities.
  • Higher salaries - (ISC)² members report 35% higher salaries than non-members.

(ISC)² offers a choice of flexible exam prep options for Certified in Cybersecurity that will help you gain the solid foundation of knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.

We’re committed to your success — as an added value, you’ll have two opportunities to pass the exam. And with access to course content for 180 days, you can schedule your exam anytime you’re ready when further study is required.

Online Self-Paced Training – FREE for a limited time when you purchase your exam voucher (US $199)*
Train at your own pace through an engaging learning experience and build a solid foundation of knowledge on the domains covered in the exam.

Online Instructor-Led Training – Includes exam voucher (US $625)
Participate in live sessions led by an (ISC)² Authorized Instructor and work on your own through an engaging self-paced learning experience.

Explore Training

*Redemption on or after August 29 recommended for operational exam and immediate results.

The Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level exam evaluates your knowledge across the following five security domains:

  1. Security Principles
  2. Incident Response, Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) Concepts
  3. Access Controls Concepts
  4. Network Security
  5. Security Operations

Register for Your Exam
We’re committed to your success — as an added value, you’ll have two opportunities to pass the exam. And with access to course content for 180 days, you can schedule your exam anytime you’re ready when further study is required.

Create an account with Pearson VUE, the leading provider of global computer-based testing for certification and licensure exams. Get details on testing locations, policies, accommodations and more on their website.

Register Now View Exam Outline

Once you’re certified and become an (ISC)² member, you’re a part of a global community of certified cybersecurity professionals committed to inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. You’ll gain access to a wealth of continuing education opportunities that will help you keep your skills sharp, stay informed of the latest trends and best practices and ensure your expertise remains relevant in every stage of your career. Learn more about (ISC)² member benefits.

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  • FAQs FAQs
    Q:

    Why is (ISC)² developing an entry-level certification?

    A:

    Research from (ISC)² and others continues to conclude that there is a global shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. While there are many contributing factors, we believe one solution is to create a certification that enables candidates – including students, young professionals and career-changers – to demonstrate to employers their familiarity with foundational cybersecurity concepts as determined by cybersecurity professionals and practitioners already in the field.

    Q:

    How much work experience is required to earn this certification?

    A:

    Unlike other (ISC)² certifications, there is no work experience requirement to earn the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification.

    Q:

    How do I register for the exam?

    A:

    Candidates can register for the exam via Pearson VUE, the exclusive exam administration provider for (ISC)². The process is simple:

    • Create an account with Pearson VUE.
    • Select the certification EL_Pilot: Entry Level Certification Pilot Examination.
    • Schedule your exam and testing location.

    All standard (ISC)² exam policies and practices, including rescheduling and special accommodations, also apply to the exam program. Learn more here. It is recommended that all candidates review these policies and procedures prior to sitting for the exam.

    Q:

    What topics are covered by this exam?

    A:

    There are five domains to this certification, listed below.

    • Security Principles
    • Business Continuity (BC), Disaster Recovery (DR) & Incident Response Concepts
    • Access Controls Concepts
    • Network Security
    • Security Operations
    Q:

    How long is the exam?

    A:

    The exam contains 100 test items in a standard, linear exam format. There is a two (2) hour maximum administration time that is inclusive of all optional breaks and information screens.

    All standard (ISC)² exam policies and practices, including rescheduling and special accommodations, also apply to the pilot exam program. Learn more here. It is recommended that all candidates review these policies and procedures prior to sitting for the exam.

    Q:

    Can candidates skip a test item on the exam and answer it later?

    A:

    No. Candidates cannot skip an exam item and return it later.

    Q:

    How will I know if I pass the exam?

    A:

    Candidates will receive notification via the email they used to register for the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity exam. It may take 8 to 12 weeks for the results to be available. When exam results become available, candidates will receive notice of a pass or fail of the exam.

    Q:

    Is there any training available for candidates pursing the exam?

    A:

    Yes. (ISC)² offers a choice of flexible training options for Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam preparation that will help you gain the solid foundation of knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.

    Official Online Instructor-Led Training
    Participate in live sessions led by an authorized (ISC)² instructor and work on your own through an engaging self-paced experience to build a solid foundation of knowledge tested on the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) exam.

    Official Online Self-Paced Training
    Train at your own pace through an engaging learning experience to build a solid foundation of knowledge tested on the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) exam.

    Register now

    When you choose (ISC)² Training, you benefit from:

    • Curriculum developed in collaboration with cybersecurity experts and instructional design experts for effective learning engagement.
    • Online instructor-led courses taught by top-notch (ISC)² Authorized Instructors who are highly experienced and effective at training on technical content.
    • Comprehensive review of all current exam topic areas with a focus on real-world learning activities and scenarios.
    Q:

    Can I take the exam online?

    A:

    The entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam will only be available in-person at (ISC)²-authorized Pearson VUE test centers.

    Q:

    Is the exam available worldwide?

    A:

    Candidates will be able to take the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam at any (ISC)²-authorized Pearson VUE test center that offers English language examinations.

    Q:

    Is the exam available in multiple languages?

    A:

    The entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam will be available in English only.

    Q:

    Who should consider participating in this entry-level certification?

    A:

    The Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level certification is ideal for:
    » IT professional
    » Career changer
    » College student or recent graduate
    » Advanced high school student or recent graduate

    Are you able to?
    » Work with a team
    » Work independently
    » Manage projects
    » Provide customer service
    » Present your work

    Do you bring these to the table?
    » Problem solving
    » Creativity
    » Analytical thinking
    » Desire to learn » Critical thinking

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Certified in Cybersecurity is right for you.

    Q:

    Why will this certification be different from other foundational certifications?

    A:

    We believe a need still exists in our industry for a certification that is attainable for newcomers and recognizes the growing trend of people entering the cybersecurity workforce without direct IT experience. Employers need confidence that when hiring new entrants into the field they have a solid grasp of the right technical concepts, and a demonstrated aptitude to learn on the job. Moreover, as an (ISC)² certification, the recipient will be an (ISC)² member backed by the world’s largest network of certified cybersecurity professionals helping them continue their professional development and earn new achievements and qualifications throughout their career.

    Q:

    Isn’t the SSCP already an (ISC)² entry-level certification?

    A:

    The SSCP is for IT administrators, managers, directors, network security professionals and others responsible for the hands-on operational security of their organization’s critical assets. It shows they have the advanced technical skills and knowledge to implement, monitor and administer IT infrastructure using security best practices, policies and procedures. The new entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification is intended to be a bridge to a cybersecurity career and future certification attainment for new entrants into the field. The SSCP has work/educational prerequisites that are not required for the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification.

    Q:

    As an employer, what does it mean if a job candidate has this certification?

    A:

    Those who pass this exam have proven their knowledge, skills and abilities in the fundamentals of cybersecurity. They have a proficient understanding of policies and processes and have demonstrated their commitment to further cybersecurity education and development.

    If you have additional questions about the exam process or registration, please contact ExamAdministration@isc2.org.

    Q:

    What are the requirements to maintain the Certified in Cybersecurity certification after passing the exam?

    A:

    Maintenance requirements for the certification will be announced soon.

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