UPDATE! CISSP granted to me on Sep 22, 2011!
Security is one of the many things I do. I chose to go after the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) for a variety of reasons. One and perhaps the most important is that it is required for many, if not most, upper level IT jobs in the Federal Government, whether you are an actual Federal Employee or a contractor (DoDD 8570). So having CISSP is one of “those certifications” that are commonly listed on many job announcements. I got serious about studying for the CISSP at the beginning of 2011, and I took the ISC(2) CISSP examination for on July 23, 2011 in San Francisco.
It takes ISC(2) a while to score the paper and pencil tests, but I received notification today that I passed! Whew! I didn’t want to have to take that one again. (I guess the score reporting times vary, but it took me 17 days, a couple of weeks, to get email notification. That’s in line with what ISC(2) says…)
I’m not officially a CISSP until ISC(2) processes my endorsement paperwork, I’m working on that. UPDATE! CISSP granted to me on Sep 22, 2011!
Read on for my thoughts about getting ready for the CISSP and what I did to prepare.
To recap ISC(2)’s turnaround times:
|Exam date:||Jul 23, 2011|
|ISC(2) notification of pass by email:||Aug 09, 2011 (17 days)|
|Endorsement faxed to ISC(2):||Aug 15, 2011|
|ISC(2) acknowledged endorsement rcvd:||Aug 15, 2011 (Same Day!)|
|ISC(2) awarded CISSP, notified by email:||Sep 22, 2011 (38 days)|
|Cert received via snail mail:||Oct 07, 2011 (15 days)|