(ISC)2 Cybersecurity Certifications Accredited by IAS

(ISC)<sup>2</sup> achieved a new mark of excellence for its popular certification program.

Everybody has standards. And there are standards for everything. Given the right circumstances — including a generous and forgiving regulatory landscape — you technically could make and sell a product that doesn't necessarily conform to anyone's specifications but your own. It's just easier to establish trust with standards.


Generally speaking, both individuals and businesses are much more likely to achieve success through playing by the rules. If you want to be a doctor, for example, then you're most likely to establish a flourishing practice by going to medical school and getting all of the appropriate training, verified by academic degrees, licenses, and so forth.


It's the same in the IT certification world. Anyone at all could test your knowledge of, say, cloud computing and then issue a certification verifying that you passed your test. You're much more likely to find employment by waving your certification around, however, if the certification is from a credible and respected program.


(ISC)2, the cybersecurity professional association that operates a widely respected certification program, burnished its considerable credibility this week by achieving an accreditation milestone. (ISC)2's program is the first in the United States to comply with AC474, a certification standard issued by the International Accreditation Service (IAS).


The IAS accreditation covers all nine (ISC)2 cybersecurity credentials:

? Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
? Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
? Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
? Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)
? Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
? HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP)
? Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (CISSP-ISSAP)
? Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (CISSP-ISSEP)
? Information Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP-ISSMP)


IAS is a nonprofit boyd that gives an objective, unbiased stamp of approval to educational organizations or programs. IAS accreditation esnures that an educational organization or program conducts itself in accordance with ethical, legal, and technical standards. You could say that it provides certification for certification programs.


Dr. Casey Marks, a vice president and chief product officer at (ISC)2, said in a press release announcing the IAS validation that getting approval from the IAS underlines the second-to-none rigor of (ISC)2's exam design and certification maintenance.


"This achievement brings additional value and recognition to current (ISC)2 members who have earned our certifications," Marks said. "It also serves as reassurance for candidates and employers that certifications like the CISSP lead the market in accreditation of international standards and validation of professional excellence."


It's been a merry month of May for (ISC)2 and its certification program. Earlier this month SC Media announced the CISSP credential as the 2021 winner of the Excellence Award for Best Professional Certification Programs.


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