Why is (ISC)² developing an entry-level certification?
Research from (ISC)² and others continues to conclude that there is a global shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. While there are many contributing factors, we believe one solution is to create a certification that enables candidates – including students, young professionals and career-changers – to demonstrate to employers their familiarity with foundational cybersecurity concepts as determined by cybersecurity professionals and practitioners already in the field.
How much work experience is required to earn this certification?
Unlike other (ISC)² certifications, there is no work experience requirement to earn the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification.
How do I register for the exam?
Candidates can register for the exam via Pearson VUE, the exclusive exam administration provider for (ISC)². The process is simple:
- Create an account with Pearson VUE.
- Select the certification EL_Pilot: Entry Level Certification Pilot Examination.
- Schedule your exam and testing location.
All standard (ISC)² exam policies and practices, including rescheduling and special accommodations, also apply to the exam program. Learn more here. It is recommended that all candidates review these policies and procedures prior to sitting for the exam.
What topics are covered by this exam?
There are five domains to this certification, listed below.
- Security Principles
- Business Continuity (BC), Disaster Recovery (DR) & Incident Response Concepts
- Access Controls Concepts
- Network Security
- Security Operations
How long is the exam?
The exam contains 100 test items in a standard, linear exam format. There is a two (2) hour maximum administration time that is inclusive of all optional breaks and information screens.
All standard (ISC)² exam policies and practices, including rescheduling and special accommodations, also apply to the pilot exam program. Learn more here. It is recommended that all candidates review these policies and procedures prior to sitting for the exam.
Can candidates skip a test item on the exam and answer it later?
No. Candidates cannot skip an exam item and return it later.
How will I know if I pass the exam?
Candidates will receive notification via the email they used to register for the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity exam. It may take 8 to 12 weeks for the results to be available. When exam results become available, candidates will receive notice of a pass or fail of the exam.
Is there any training available for candidates pursing the exam?
Yes. (ISC)² offers a choice of flexible training options for Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam preparation that will help you gain the solid foundation of knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.
Official Online Instructor-Led Training
Participate in live sessions led by an authorized (ISC)² instructor and work on your own through an engaging self-paced experience to build a solid foundation of knowledge tested on the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) exam.
Official Online Self-Paced Training
Train at your own pace through an engaging learning experience to build a solid foundation of knowledge tested on the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) exam.
When you choose (ISC)² Training, you benefit from:
- Curriculum developed in collaboration with cybersecurity experts and instructional design experts for effective learning engagement.
- Online instructor-led courses taught by top-notch (ISC)² Authorized Instructors who are highly experienced and effective at training on technical content.
- Comprehensive review of all current exam topic areas with a focus on real-world learning activities and scenarios.
Can I take the exam online?
The entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam will only be available in-person at (ISC)²-authorized Pearson VUE test centers.
Is the exam available worldwide?
Candidates will be able to take the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam at any (ISC)²-authorized Pearson VUE test center that offers English language examinations.
Is the exam available in multiple languages?
The entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam will be available in English only.
Who should consider participating in this entry-level certification?
The Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level certification is ideal for:
» IT professional
» Career changer
» College student or recent graduate
» Advanced high school student or recent graduate
Are you able to?
» Work with a team
» Work independently
» Manage projects
» Provide customer service
» Present your work
Do you bring these to the table?
» Problem solving
» Analytical thinking
» Desire to learn » Critical thinking
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Certified in Cybersecurity is right for you.
Why will this certification be different from other foundational certifications?
We believe a need still exists in our industry for a certification that is attainable for newcomers and recognizes the growing trend of people entering the cybersecurity workforce without direct IT experience. Employers need confidence that when hiring new entrants into the field they have a solid grasp of the right technical concepts, and a demonstrated aptitude to learn on the job. Moreover, as an (ISC)² certification, the recipient will be an (ISC)² member backed by the world’s largest network of certified cybersecurity professionals helping them continue their professional development and earn new achievements and qualifications throughout their career.
Isn’t the SSCP already an (ISC)² entry-level certification?
The SSCP is for IT administrators, managers, directors, network security professionals and others responsible for the hands-on operational security of their organization’s critical assets. It shows they have the advanced technical skills and knowledge to implement, monitor and administer IT infrastructure using security best practices, policies and procedures. The new entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification is intended to be a bridge to a cybersecurity career and future certification attainment for new entrants into the field. The SSCP has work/educational prerequisites that are not required for the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification.
As an employer, what does it mean if a job candidate has this certification?
Those who pass this exam have proven their knowledge, skills and abilities in the fundamentals of cybersecurity. They have a proficient understanding of policies and processes and have demonstrated their commitment to further cybersecurity education and development.
If you have additional questions about the exam process or registration, please contact ExamAdministration@isc2.org.
What are the requirements to maintain the Certified in Cybersecurity certification after passing the exam?
Maintenance requirements for the certification will be announced soon.