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Associate of (ISC)²

Logo AssociateYour On-Ramp for a Career Path in Information Security

With the shortfall in the cybersecurity workforce projected to be 1.5 million globally in five years*, businesses are pressed to find qualified candidates to protect their organization against cyber threats. The need for candidates to prove their capability is more important than ever.

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 towards completing the experience requirements to become fully certified as a CISSP, SSCP, CAP, CSSLP, CCFP, HCISPP or CCSP.

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, CAP, CSSLP, CCFP, HCISPP and CCSP.

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 a 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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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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