Software security professionals protect the entire software development lifecycle (SDLC) — from planning, design and release to maintenance, updates and replacement. They’re internationally recognized for being highly skilled in authentication, authorization and auditing throughout the SDLC using established best practices, policies and procedures.

Are you ready for a career in software security? ISC2, creator of the leading advanced cybersecurity certification, the CISSP, recommends these specific steps.

1. Become an ISC2 Candidate.Begin your journey by joining ISC2 the world’s leading cybersecurity professional organization, more than 500,000 members, associates and candidates strong. As part of their One Million Certified in Cybersecurity pledge to help close the workforce gap, you’ll be able to access free Official ISC2 Online Self-Paced Training for Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level certification and a free exam. Candidates can also tap a full range of benefits, including 20% off online training and up to 50% off textbooks. Sign up now to get your first year free.

2. Start your journey toward CSSLP certification. Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) demonstrates that you have the advanced knowledge and technical skills to effectively design, develop and implement security practices within each phase of the software lifecycle.

To qualify for the CSSLP, candidates must pass the exam and have a minimum of four years of cumulative, full-time experience in one or more of the eight domains of the current ISC2 CSSLP Exam Outline.

If you don’t yet have the required experience to become a CSSLP, you can become an Associate of ISC2 after successfully passing the exam. You will then have five years to earn the experience needed for certification.

3. Keep learning. Software security never stands still. It’s a constantly evolving field that requires continuing education to stay in front cyberthreats and on top of trends. Professionals can choose from a variety of flexible learning options, including:

ISC2 Certificates turn a laser focus on specific subject matters. And with courseware created on the hottest topics by cybersecurity’s most respected certifying body, you’re assured the most current and relevant content. Choose from online instructor-led or self-paced education with content created by industry experts:

Online Instructor-Led*
• Prerecorded lessons led by an ISC2 Authorized Instructor
• Instruction that complements self-paced content
• Digital badges upon passing certificate assessments

Online Self-Paced
• Online learning at your own pace
• Videos available for download on demand
• Digital badges upon passing certificate assessments

Current ISC2 Certificate areas of focus include cloud security, risk management, CISO leadership, healthcare, security engineering, and security administration and operations.

*Online instructor-led only available for select certificates.

ISC2 Software Security Skill-Builders will help you learn valuable skills as you pursue a career in software security. Grow what you know with short-format learning designed to fit your busy schedule.

A career in software security provides the opportunity to make a significant impact on the world. Qualified professionals are indispensable to organizations, safeguarding their information and systems. See yourself in software security and get started today.

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