So You Want to be a Leader in Cybersecurity? Follow this Path

Effective cybersecurity leadership is vital for organizations worldwide. It requires a combination of technical expertise, strategic vision and effective communication to create a security-conscious culture that withstands the challenges of today’s digital world.

Cybersecurity leaders embed security across operations, rapidly respond to threats and advise senior leaders. They stay in front of cybersecurity trends from a technical standpoint, implement security planning into broader organizational objectives and build a strong security and risk-based culture.

With the many challenges of the role come substantial rewards, personally, professionally and financially.

Do you have what it takes to rise to the top in cybersecurity? ISC2, creator of the CISSP, recommends these specific steps to guide tomorrow’s cyber leaders on their path to purpose and impact.

  1. Become an ISC2 Candidate. Begin your journey by joining ISC2, the world’s leading cybersecurity professional organization, more than 500,000 members, associates and candidates strong. As part of their One Million Certified in Cybersecurity pledge to help close the workforce gap, you’ll be able to access free Official ISC2 Online Self-Paced Training for Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level certification and a free exam. Candidates can also tap a full range of benefits, including 20% off online training and up to 50% off textbooks. Sign up now to get your first year free.
  2. Start your journey toward CISSP certification. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification from ISC2 demonstrates you’re a cybersecurity leader with the expert knowledge to design, implement and manage a best-in-class cybersecurity program in any environment. It was the first information security credential to meet the strict conditions of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, and it’s the most globally recognized standard of achievement in the industry.

To qualify for the CISSP, Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the ISC2 CISSP exam outline.

If you don’t yet have the required experience to become a CISSP, you can become an Associate of ISC2 after successfully passing the CISSP exam. Then you’ll have six years to earn the experience needed for CISSP certification.

  1. Keep learning. Cybersecurity never stands still. It’s a constantly evolving field that requires continuing education to stay in front cyberthreats and on top of trends. Professionals can choose from a variety of flexible learning options, including:

ISC2 Certificates turn a laser focus on specific subject matters. And with courseware created on the hottest topics by cybersecurity’s most respected certifying body, you’re assured the most current and relevant content. Choose from online instructor-led or self-paced education with content created by industry experts:

Online Instructor-Led*
• Prerecorded lessons led by an ISC2 Authorized Instructor
• Instruction that complements self-paced content
• Digital badges upon passing certificate assessments

Online Self-Paced
• Online learning at your own pace
• Videos available for download on demand
• Digital badges upon passing certificate assessments

*Online instructor-led only available for select certificates.

ISC2 CISO Leadership Certificates prepare cyber professionals for the path to excellence at the highest levels of cybersecurity from an executive management point of view. Online on-demand certificates include:

  • Introduction to NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Building a High-Performing Cybersecurity Team
  • Purple Team Playbook
  • Gaining Support for Your Security Program
  • Incident Management: Preparation and Response

ISC2 Healthcare Certificates will help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to secure patient health information and navigate a complex regulatory environment. Online on-demand certificates include:

  • Healthcare Essentials: Information Security in Healthcare Settings
  • Privacy and Security for Healthcare Organizations
  • Risk Management and Risk Assessment in a Healthcare Setting

ISC2 Cybersecurity Leadership Skill-Builders will help you acquire will help valuable skills as they pursue a career in cybersecurity leadership. Grow what you know with short-format learning designed to fit your busy schedule.

Cybersecurity around the globe needs more leaders who set clear priorities and promote best practices across all levels of the organization. If you have what it takes, answer the call to cybersecurity leadership. Learn More.

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