ISC2 pledges to expand and diversify the cybersecurity workforce by providing free ISC2 Certified in Cybersecurity℠ education and exams to one million people worldwide

Alexandria, Va., August 31, 2022 – ISC2 – the world’s largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals – today announced that the ISC2 One Million Certified in Cybersecurity initiative is now accepting participants. To qualify, individuals must enroll as an ISC2 Candidate, for free, which entitles them to a wide array of exclusive programs and services to assist individuals starting a cybersecurity career, including free education and exams for the association’s new entry-level cybersecurity certification ISC2 Certified in Cybersecurity℠. 

First announced by ISC2 CEO Clar Rosso during last month’s Cyber Workforce and Education Summit at the White House, ISC2 is acting on its pledge to implement meaningful solutions to our global cybersecurity workforce challenges. Research suggests organizations that focus on recruiting and developing entry-level cybersecurity staff – including those with little or no technical experience – accelerate the invaluable hands-on training the next generation of professionals needs to start a successful cybersecurity career.

Those who earn the ISC2 Certified in Cybersecurity demonstrate to employers that they have the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for an entry-level cybersecurity role.

“The global cybersecurity workforce shortage is an issue we can no longer just talk about. It’s time for decisive action,” said Rosso. “I am proud that our association – with its rich history of advocating for the advancement, expansion and enablement of the cybersecurity workforce – is undertaking this unprecedented initiative to make rewarding cybersecurity careers accessible to so many people. We look forward to welcoming our One Million Certified in Cybersecurity participants to our community as ISC2 Candidates and soon as new certified members of our association.”

How the Program Works
To participate in the One Million Certified in Cybersecurity initiative, individuals must visit and enroll as an ISC2 Candidate. Upon completion of that process, which includes an online form and affirmation to abide by the ISC2 Code of Ethics, individuals will be able to access their free education and exam via their ISC2 Candidates benefits page.

Participants will receive a free exam, as well as access to the ISC2 Certified in Cybersecurity online self-paced education course. The course provides a review of the subject matter published in the ISC2 Certified in Cybersecurity exam outline, which shares the security concepts on which certification candidates will be evaluated, including:

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

University students, recent graduates, career changers and other professionals wishing to expand their skills and opportunities are encouraged to participate, especially individuals employed or seeking employment within small and midsized businesses.

After successfully completing the exam, participants will become ISC2 members with access to a wide array of professional development resources to help them throughout their careers. The ISC2 entry-level cybersecurity certification is the first step on a career-long journey that will help cybersecurity professionals gain experience and work toward advanced qualifications such as the CISSP®.

Encouraging Diversity and Inclusion
In addition to open enrollment, ISC2 will work closely with new and existing partner organizations to reach historically under-represented populations and encourage greater diversity within the cybersecurity community. ISC2 has pledged that 500,000 course enrollments and exams – will be directed toward students of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), minority-serving institutions (MSIs), tribal organizations and women’s organizations across the U.S. and the globe.

For more information on One Million Certified in Cybersecurity, including how to partner with ISC2 to help support under-represented populations globally, visit

About ISC2
ISC2 is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, ISC2 offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, pragmatic approach to security. Our membership, more than 168,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and Education™. For more information on ISC2, visit, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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