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Certified in Cybersecurity℠ - CC

Introducing your ultimate starting point for an exciting career — Certified in Cybersecurity℠

Take the first step to a rewarding career and get Certified in Cybersecurity from (ISC)², the world’s leading cybersecurity professional organization known for the CISSP®. You don’t need experience — just the passion and drive to enter a field that opens limitless opportunities around the globe.

FREE Cybersecurity Training! Now for a Limited Time
As part of our commitment to help close the workforce gap, our new global initiative, One Million Certified in Cybersecurity, is offering free Certified in Cybersecurity℠ (CC) Online Self-Paced Training and exams to the first million people entering the field for the first time.

But to meet every learner’s needs, we’re also offering two Certified in Cybersecurity training bundles with special extras. Choose the option that’s right for you.

Choose Your Training Path

Did you know that you can now join (ISC)² before becoming fully certified?
Learn more and sign-up as a (ISC)² Candidate.

Unsure if the CC is right for you? The (ISC)² Qualification Pathfinder can help you identify the certifications that best align with your career goals.

Certified in Cybersecurity

Get The Ultimate Guide to Certified in Cybersecurity

Find out everything you need to know about the entry-level certification, including:

  • Why Pursue a Career in Cybersecurity?
  • What’s Covered in the Exam?
  • What are My Exam Prep Options?
  • What are the Benefits of Certification?
  • And more!

Your Pathway to Certified in Cybersecurity

Who should get Certified in Cybersecurity?

If you’re looking to join a dynamic and rewarding workforce, get Certified in Cybersecurity and join the ranks. This certification is ideal for those who are:

  • A current IT professional
  • Looking to transition from another field into cybersecurity
  • A college student or recent graduate
  • An advanced high school student or recent graduate

Ideal candidates for Certified in Cybersecurity are:

  • Problem solvers
  • Creative
  • Analytical and critical thinkers
  • Excited by the opportunity to learn
  • Enjoy both working in a team and independently

What Makes Certified in Cybersecurity Your Best Move?

  • Respect - Validate your knowledge and build credibility.
  • Job offers and advancement - Gain the solid foundation of cybersecurity knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.
  • Growth and learning - Develop new skills you can apply in day-to-day work.
  • Pathway to cybersecurity careers and advanced certifications - Build a strong foundation for an infosec career and become familiar with exam formats for advanced (ISC)² certifications like the CISSP®.
  • Community of professionals - Access a network of peers and CPE/learning opportunities.
  • Higher salaries - (ISC)² members report 35% higher salaries than non-members.

What to Expect on the Exam

The Certified in Cybersecurity exam contains 100 total multiple-choice items. The exam is made up of five domains, or topics. The domains and their weights are:

  • Security Principles – 26%
  • Business Continuity (BC), Disaster Recovery (DR) & Incident Response Concepts – 10%
  • Access Controls Concepts – 22%
  • Network Security – 24%
  • Security Operations – 18%

For more details on the exam, review the (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity exam outline.
You will have two hours to complete your exam. A passing score is 700 out of 1000 points.

Register for Your Exam

To register for your exam, follow these easy steps:

  1. Create an account with Pearson VUE and sign in.
  2. Under Schedule an Exam, click View Exams.
  3. Click Test Center Delivery and select the certification CC: Certified in Cybersecurity.
  4. Select your testing location and schedule your exam.

Register Now   View Exam Outline

Prepare for Success

(ISC)² offers a choice of flexible exam prep options for Certified in Cybersecurity that will help you gain the solid foundation of knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.

As part of our commitment to help close the workforce gap, our new global initiative, One Million Certified in Cybersecurity, is offering free Certified in Cybersecurity℠ (CC) Online Self-Paced Training and exams to the first million people entering the field for the first time.

SELF-PACED + EXAM: U.S. $0

Train at your own pace through an engaging online learning experience. Build a solid foundation of knowledge tested on the CC exam. Exam included.

To meet every learner’s needs, we’re also offering two Certified in Cybersecurity training bundles with special extras. Choose the option that’s right for you.

SELF-PACED + EXAM + EXTRAS: U.S. $199*
Train at your own pace through an engaging online learning experience. Build a solid foundation of knowledge tested on the CC exam.

  • Two opportunities to pass the exam
  • Access to course content for 180-days
  • Pay no Annual Maintenance Fees for the first year

LIVE ONLINE + EXAM + EXTRA: U.S. $649*
Participate in live sessions led by an (ISC)² Authorized Instructor and work on your own through an engaging self-paced experience.

  • Two opportunities to pass the exam
  • Access to course content for 180-days
  • Pay no Annual Maintenance Fees for the first year
  • Learn in a live virtual classroom led by an (ISC)² Authorized Instructor
  • Interactive peer discussions

Interested in Classroom-Based Training?

Train for the CC exam in person with an (ISC)² Authorized Instructor alongside your peers in a traditional classroom setting. Learn more.

Interested in Certification for Your Team?

Schedule a training consult to get your team enrolled today.

*Bundle offer promotion available for a limited time.

Join a Global Community of Cybersecurity Leaders

Once you’re certified and become an (ISC)² member, you’re a part of a global community of certified cybersecurity professionals committed to inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. You’ll gain access to a wealth of continuing education opportunities that will help you keep your skills sharp, stay informed of the latest trends and best practices and ensure your expertise remains relevant in every stage of your career. Learn more about (ISC)² member benefits.

Maintaining your certification extends beyond passing the exam. It requires earning continuing professional education (CPE) credits that ensure your skills remain current and demonstrates to employers and your peers that you are committed to your ongoing professional development. You must earn 45 CPE credits during the three years of your certification cycle, as well as pay your Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) of U.S. $50 each year to maintain your certification.

As a Certified in Cybersecurity credential holder you’ll also be required to commit to and fully support the (ISC)² Code of Ethics:

  • Protect society, the common good, necessary public trust and confidence, and the infrastructure.
  • Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.
  • Provide diligent and competent service to principles.
  • Advance and protect the profession.

If you’re looking to join a dynamic and rewarding workforce, get Certified in Cybersecurity and join the ranks. This certification is ideal for those who are:

  • A current IT professional
  • Looking to transition from another field into cybersecurity
  • A college student or recent graduate
  • An advanced high school student or recent graduate

Ideal candidates for Certified in Cybersecurity are:

  • Problem solvers
  • Creative
  • Analytical and critical thinkers
  • Excited by the opportunity to learn
  • Enjoy both working in a team and independently

What Makes Certified in Cybersecurity Your Best Move?

  • Respect - Validate your knowledge and build credibility.
  • Job offers and advancement - Gain the solid foundation of cybersecurity knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.
  • Growth and learning - Develop new skills you can apply in day-to-day work.
  • Pathway to cybersecurity careers and advanced certifications - Build a strong foundation for an infosec career and become familiar with exam formats for advanced (ISC)² certifications like the CISSP®.
  • Community of professionals - Access a network of peers and CPE/learning opportunities.
  • Higher salaries - (ISC)² members report 35% higher salaries than non-members.

The Certified in Cybersecurity exam contains 100 total multiple-choice items. The exam is made up of five domains, or topics. The domains and their weights are:

  • Security Principles – 26%
  • Business Continuity (BC), Disaster Recovery (DR) & Incident Response Concepts – 10%
  • Access Controls Concepts – 22%
  • Network Security – 24%
  • Security Operations – 18%

For more details on the exam, review the (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity exam outline.
You will have two hours to complete your exam. A passing score is 700 out of 1000 points.

Register for Your Exam

To register for your exam, follow these easy steps:

  1. Create an account with Pearson VUE and sign in.
  2. Under Schedule an Exam, click View Exams.
  3. Click Test Center Delivery and select the certification CC: Certified in Cybersecurity.
  4. Select your testing location and schedule your exam.

Register Now   View Exam Outline

(ISC)² offers a choice of flexible exam prep options for Certified in Cybersecurity that will help you gain the solid foundation of knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.

As part of our commitment to help close the workforce gap, our new global initiative, One Million Certified in Cybersecurity, is offering free Certified in Cybersecurity℠ (CC) Online Self-Paced Training and exams to the first million people entering the field for the first time.

SELF-PACED + EXAM: U.S. $0

Train at your own pace through an engaging online learning experience. Build a solid foundation of knowledge tested on the CC exam. Exam included.

To meet every learner’s needs, we’re also offering two Certified in Cybersecurity training bundles with special extras. Choose the option that’s right for you.

SELF-PACED + EXAM + EXTRAS: U.S. $199*
Train at your own pace through an engaging online learning experience. Build a solid foundation of knowledge tested on the CC exam.

  • Two opportunities to pass the exam
  • Access to course content for 180-days
  • Pay no Annual Maintenance Fees for the first year

LIVE ONLINE + EXAM + EXTRA: U.S. $649*
Participate in live sessions led by an (ISC)² Authorized Instructor and work on your own through an engaging self-paced experience.

  • Two opportunities to pass the exam
  • Access to course content for 180-days
  • Pay no Annual Maintenance Fees for the first year
  • Learn in a live virtual classroom led by an (ISC)² Authorized Instructor
  • Interactive peer discussions

Interested in Classroom-Based Training?

Train for the CC exam in person with an (ISC)² Authorized Instructor alongside your peers in a traditional classroom setting. Learn more.

Interested in Certification for Your Team?

Schedule a training consult to get your team enrolled today.

*Bundle offer promotion available for a limited time.

Once you’re certified and become an (ISC)² member, you’re a part of a global community of certified cybersecurity professionals committed to inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. You’ll gain access to a wealth of continuing education opportunities that will help you keep your skills sharp, stay informed of the latest trends and best practices and ensure your expertise remains relevant in every stage of your career. Learn more about (ISC)² member benefits.

Maintaining your certification extends beyond passing the exam. It requires earning continuing professional education (CPE) credits that ensure your skills remain current and demonstrates to employers and your peers that you are committed to your ongoing professional development. You must earn 45 CPE credits during the three years of your certification cycle, as well as pay your Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) of U.S. $50 each year to maintain your certification.

As a Certified in Cybersecurity credential holder you’ll also be required to commit to and fully support the (ISC)² Code of Ethics:

  • Protect society, the common good, necessary public trust and confidence, and the infrastructure.
  • Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.
  • Provide diligent and competent service to principles.
  • Advance and protect the profession.

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  • FAQs FAQs
    Q:

    Why is (ISC)² developing an entry-level certification?

    A:

    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.

    Q:

    What is (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity℠?

    A:

    (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity is a foundational cybersecurity certification designed to help recipients build a pathway to a rewarding career in cybersecurity. This entry-level certification will prove to employers you have the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for an entry- or junior-level cybersecurity role. It proves your willingness and ability to learn and grow on the job. Learn more here.

    Q:

    Who should consider participating in this opportunity?

    A:

    The Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level certification is ideal for:

    • IT professionals
    • Career changers
    • College students or recent graduates
    • Advanced high school students or recent graduates
    Q:

    How much work experience is required to earn this certification?

    A:

    Unlike other (ISC)² certifications, there is no work experience requirement to earn the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification.

    Q:

    Why will this certification be different from other foundational certifications?

    A:

    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.

    Q:

    What can I expect from the online self-paced course?

    A:

    The online self-paced course is a recorded review session that introduces learners to the content covered in the (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam outline. The review sessions are led by an authorized (ISC)² instructor and cover the five domains of the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification. The sessions are designed specifically to help learners prepare to take the Certified in Cybersecurity exam. Learners have access to the course for 180 days.

    Q:

    Can I take the exam without starting or completing the education course?

    A:

    Yes, you can take the exam at any time you feel ready.

    Q:

    How do I register for the free exam?

    A:
    1. Create an account with Pearson VUE, the exclusive global administrator of (ISC)² exams.
    2. Select the certification: CC: Certified in Cybersecurity.
    3. Select your testing location and schedule your exam.
    4. Enter promo code you’ve obtained after submitting the candidate application form.
    Q:

    What do I need to know about exam day?

    A:

    This exam follows all standard (ISC)² exam policies and practices, including rescheduling and special accommodations. Learn more here. It is recommended that all candidates review these policies and procedures prior to sitting for the exam.

    Q:

    What topics are covered in the course and on the exam?

    A:

    There are five domains to this certification, listed below. For more details on the exam, review the (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity exam outline.

    • Security Principles
    • Business Continuity (BC), Disaster Recovery (DR) & Incident Response Concepts
    • Access Controls Concepts
    • Network Security
    • Security Operations
    Q:

    How long is the exam?

    A:

    The exam contains 100 multiple choice 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.

    Q:

    Can candidates skip a test item on the exam and answer it later?

    A:

    No. Candidates cannot skip an exam item and return to it later.

    Q:

    How will I know if I pass the exam?

    A:

    Candidates will receive a pass or fail result at the test center upon completion of the exam.

    Q:

    Can I take the exam online?

    A:

    The entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam will only be available in-person at (ISC)²-authorized Pearson VUE test centers.

    Q:

    Is the exam available worldwide?

    A:

    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.

    Q:

    Is the exam available in multiple languages?

    A:

    The entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam is currently available in English but will be available in Chinese Simplified, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish on December 31, 2022.

    Q:

    Can I transfer my free course and/or exam registration to someone else?

    A:

    No, the course training and corresponding exam registration are issued to you. You may, however, encourage your peers to take advantage of the 1M Certified in Cybersecurity initiative.

    Q:

    What are the requirements to maintain the Certified in Cybersecurity certification after passing the exam?

    A:

    Certified in Cybersecurity credential holders will need to earn 45 CPE credits during their three-year certification cycle to maintain the certification. We recommend earning 15 credits per year.

    Q:

    What is the Certified in Cybersecurity Certification fee and when do I need to start paying for it?

    A:

    The Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) for Certified in Cybersecurity is U.S. $50. This is due upon certification.

    Q:

    Who can I contact if I still have questions?

    A:

    If you have additional questions about the exam process or registration, please contact ExamAdministration@isc2.org. If your questions are regarding (ISC)² membership, please reach out to MemberSupport@isc2.org.

    Q:

    As an employer, what does it mean if a job candidate has this certification?

    A:

    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.

    Q:

    I am already a Candidate or Associate and would like to upgrade my designation to Certified in Cybersecurity once I pass the exam, do I need to pay an additional AMF?

    A:

    Those who pass the Certified in Cybersecurity exam who have already paid their AMF for either the Candidate or Associate role will not need to pay any additional annual dues or AMF fees to be a fully Certified in Cybersecurity member.

    Q:

    Do I need to be endorsed by an (ISC)² member?

    A:

    No, unlike our other certifications, Certified in Cybersecurity does not require endorsement of your experience; however, all who pass the exam must accept the Terms and Conditions and agree to abide by the (ISC)² Code of Ethics in order to complete your certification application.

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