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Accreditations, Recognitions and Endorsements

You’re investing in your future, and (ISC)² wants to make sure that investment pays off. Our certifications are accredited, recognized and endorsed by leading organizations around the world. We value these partnerships because they ensure our certifications meet or exceed the highest standards and are aligned with your professional goals.

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American Council on Education (ACE) Accreditation

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service was established to connect workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping students gain access to academic credit for training taken outside traditional degree programs.

Australian Computer Society (ACS)

ACS is the professional assessment body for information technology professionals which recognize professional competence and ongoing commitment to ethical practice. The ACS recognises the (ISC)² CISSP and CSSLP as valid demonstration of knowledge, skills and experience to accredit towards the Certified Professional (Cyber Security) designation, while the SSCP is accepted as valid demonstration of knowledge, skills and experience to accredit towards the Certified Technologist (Cyber Security) designation.

Australian Information Security Association (AISA)

The Australian Information Security Association (AISA) is the peak industry body for cyber security professionals in Australia. AISA has signed a strategic partnership with (ISC)² that recognises (ISC)² certifications as particularly relevant to their members. AISA provide its members CISSP, SSCP and CCSP CBK certification training. AISA's partnership with (ISC)² also sees AISA host (ISC)² Chapters within AISA Branches under a Special Interest Group (SIG) agreement.


American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

(ISC)² is the first information security certifying body to meet the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ISO/IEC Standard 17024.


American Public University System (APUS)

The American Public University System (APUS) awards transfer credits for students who hold (ISC)² CAP®, CISSP® and/or SSCP® certifications.

Bank Policy Institute

Bank Policy Institute

(ISC)² partnered with the Bank Policy Institute, formerly the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), on the Software Assurance Framework.

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Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI)

(ISC)² aligns strategically with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), home of the CERT Division established in 1988 to address internet security problems.

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Credential Engine

(ISC)² is among the first 50 credentialing organizations to participate in Credential Engine's first-of-its-kind centralized credential data platform, Credential Registry, by listing the CISSP certification.

Cyber Security Agency (CSA)

Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and (ISC)² collaborate to enhance the professional pipeline and quality of the cybersecurity workforce, and to raise awareness about the need for continuous improvement for specialized cybersecurity competencies in Singapore.

Cyber Veterans Initiative

Cyber Veterans Initiative

(ISC)² joins the state of Virginia in sponsoring free cyber training and industry-recognized certifications as part of a pilot program for veterans.

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Cybersecurity Credentials Collaborative (C3)

C3 provides a forum for collaboration among vendor-neutral information security and privacy and related IT disciplines certification bodies.

Data Security Council of India

Data Security Council of India and (ISC)² are strategic partners addressing the development and need of a skilled cyber security workforce in India and the region. (ISC)² is a member of the NASSCOM SSC-DSCI Working Group for designing and developing the Qualification Packs aligned with job roles in Cyber Security. (ISC)² was also a member of the Cyber Security Task Force, Skills Working Group.


Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

(ISC)² supports the Defense Information Systems Agency's IASE Cyber Workforce Management Program (DoDD 8140.01 and DoD 8570.01-m).


Department of Defense (DoD)

The (ISC)² CISSP®, SSCP®, CAP®, CSSLP®, CISSP-ISSAP®, CISSP-ISSEP® and CISSP-ISSMP® certifications have met Directive 8570.1 requirements and are approved by ANSI to the ISO/IEC Standard 17024.

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DHS National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS)

The (ISC)² is the first professional organization to have its training course information accessible from the DHS portal.


Hong Kong Monetary Authority

(ISC)² CISSP, CCSP and SSCP certifications are included under the HKMA's Enhanced Competency Framework on Cybersecurity (ECF-C) as options available to banking practitioners for meeting the ECF-C requirement.

Besides, (ISC)² CISSP holders are acceptable cyber professional qualifications for conducting C-RAF assessments under the HKMA's Cybersecurity Fortification Initiative 2.0.

Institute of Systems Science, NUS

NUS-ISS has included the (ISC)² CISSP CBK review seminar as one of the modules that students can build on to achieve the Graduate Certificate on Securing Ubiquitous Systems, which also forms part of the Master of Technology in Software Engineering offered by NUS-ISS.

International Accreditation Forum

International Accreditation Forum

All nine (ISC)² cybersecurity certifications are recognized by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) following the signing of a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA).

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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

(ISC)² supports NIST with information to strengthen the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical Infrastructure through workforce development.


NHS Digital

(ISC)² partners with NHS Digital in support of the Cyber Security Programme (CSP). Since its inception, the program has been expanded by the Cabinet Office's National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) following a bid made jointly by HSCIC and the Department of Health.

NTT Advanced Technology Corporation

NTT Advanced Technology Corporation (NTT-AT) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with (ISC)² to bring local-language cyber security education to Japan as part of NTT-AT's commitment to support a strong and skilled cyber workforce. NTT-AT has also adopted the CISSP and CCSP certifications for the cybersecurity workforce framework within the NTT Group of companies.

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SC Awards Europe 2015

The (ISC)² CISSP certification was awarded ‘Best Certification Programme’ by the judges of SC Magazine’s European awards.

SC 2016 Award Winner

SC Awards Europe 2016

(ISC)² retained the award for ‘Best Certification Programme’ in 2016, with the CISSP certification once again recognised by the judges.

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SC Magazine Awards

The (ISC)² CISSP takes top honors as winner of the SC Awards 2019 Best Professional Certification Program.

State Government of Victoria

The State of Government of Victoria has signed a Deed of Standing Offer with (ISC)² to provide public sector employees access to (ISC)² certification CBK training resources and exams including the CISSP, CCSP, SSCP, CSSLP and HCISPP. This is in line with Victoria's Cyber Strategy which aims to upskill the public sector in cyber security.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD)

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance cybersecurity capability for law enforcement officers. As part of the partnership, the TMPD will adopt (ISC)² credentials for selected members within law enforcement agencies throughout Japan and will provision official Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) training classes to provide its officers the highest quality cybersecurity training.

UK Cyber Security Council

UK Cyber Security Council

(ISC)² is at the forefront of industry collaboration in the UK to further the cybersecurity profession as a founding member of the Cyber Security Alliance. Together, the Alliance is delivering the Formation Project that will create the UK Cyber Security Council on behalf of the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

UK ENIC (previously known as UK NARIC)

The CISSP has been assessed as comparable to Level 7 of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in the UK, denoting that the certification is comparable to a Master’s degree standard across Europe.

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University of Tampa

The University of Tampa's cybersecurity major helps prepare students for professional security certifications, such as the (ISC)² CISSP® exam.



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