Associate of (ISC)²

The Associate of (ISC)² allows those just starting out in the information security workforce to demonstrate their competence in the field. Associates have passed a rigorous (ISC)² certification exam, proving their cybersecurity knowledge, and maintaining their continuing professional education (CPE) requirements while working toward completing the experience requirements to become fully certified as a CISSP, SSCP, CCSP, HCISPP, CCFP, CAP or CSSLP.

Who Should Obtain an Associate of (ISC)²?

The Associate of (ISC)² status is ideal for candidates who are:

  • Pursuing a career in cybersecurity or currently employed in the field and gaining more experience.
  • Knowledgeable in cybersecurity but do not yet have the experience required to become certified as a CISSP, SSCP, CCSP, HCISPP, CCFP, CAP or CSSLP. Please Note: The Associate of (ISC)² designation is not available for the CISSP Concentrations (CISSP-ISSAP, CISSP-ISSEP, and CISSP-ISSMP).

Why Become an Associate

When you become an Associate of (ISC)², you join the foremost and most widely accepted information security leader in ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024 accredited credentials that enables you to: 

  • Demonstrate cybersecurity knowledge while working to gain experience required for certification
  • Enhance your credibility and marketability for the most desirable infosec opportunities and provide a career differentiator
  • Affirm your commitment to understanding and applying security best practices - today and in the future
  • As an associate member of (ISC)², gain access to valuable career resources, such as networking and ideas exchange with peers
  • Have a potential for a salary increase - (ISC)² members report a 35% average higher salary than non-members* 

Globally Recognized Standard in Cybersecurity

(ISC)² certifications draw from a comprehensive, up-to-date, global common body of knowledge (CBK) that ensures candidates have a deep knowledge and understanding in the field. Each certification tests one's knowledge on different subject matter areas. Choose the certification that is right for you. 

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Leadership & Operations

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IT Administration

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Cloud Security

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Cyber Forensics

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Software Security

Information security is an immensely rewarding career with unlimited possibilities, with a career partner like (ISC)². Enhance your credibility and differentiate yourself to prospective employers with the Associate of (ISC)². Learn how to become an Associate with these next steps.

For more information, download the Associate brochure.

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