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(ISC)² Launches New CISSP® Exam Format to Help Bring More Cybersecurity Professionals into the Field

Computerized Adaptive Testing for CISSP creates more opportunities for exam administration and allows for greater precision in evaluating competency

Clearwater, FL, Dec 19, 2017 – (ISC)²® today announced it has changed the format of its CISSP exam (English version only) from fixed-form, linear to Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT). CAT is the computerized delivery of exam items uniquely tailored to the ability of an individual candidate. CAT’s value to candidates includes that it’s more efficient, has shorter test administration sessions and is more precise at evaluating competency. Maximum administration time for CISSP CAT is three hours, allowing more opportunities for exam administration.

“This evolution in how we administer our exams is an important investment in the future of our certification programs,” said Dr. Casey Marks, VP of professional programs, (ISC)². “The implementation of CAT strengthens (ISC)²’s commitment to meet the critical demand for cybersecurity professionals worldwide by providing a fair, valid, reliable and efficient exam administration process. CAT provides numerous benefits to candidates, including a more precise and efficient evaluation of a candidate’s competency, more opportunities for exam administration and shorter test administration sessions.” 

Effective today, CISSP CAT exams will be available exclusively through Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) and (ISC)²-authorized Pearson VUE Select Test Centers (PVTC Selects). Current (ISC)²-authorized test centers can be found at:

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The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is the premier cybersecurity certification for those who are involved in designing, developing and managing the overall security posture of an organization, from cybersecurity strategy to hands-on implementation. It requires at least five years of full-time work experience in two of the eight domains. The CISSP is among the first IT security certifications to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024 – a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel.  

About (ISC)²® 

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)2 offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 125,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. For more information on (ISC)², visit, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook.  

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