How CISMP Can Help You Build a Successful Career in Information Security

There are plenty of reasons a career in information security is appealing: it’s rewarding, there’s huge demand for skilled professionals and it pays well. 

Plus, you don’t need to study for years and get a degree to enter the industry. In many cases, you can get started with a CISMP (Certificate in Information Security Management Principles).

In this blog, we explain what the CISMP covers and why it is an ideal starting point for those hoping to build a career in information security.


What is CISMP?

CISMP provides a broad introduction to information security management, making it ideal both for those getting started in the industry and for professionals who require a deeper understanding of the subject to develop their overall business skills. 

It covers risk management, technical controls, legal frameworks, physical security and business continuity. It also provides a comprehensive introduction to information security standards, such as ISO 27001, and physical security controls. 


Benefits of CISMP

  • It’s a great starting point

CISMP is widely regarded as an essential first rung on the ladder to a successful information security career. 

Its comprehensive introduction to information security management is something you might choose to expand upon by taking specialist courses on, for example, ISO 27001 or the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

  • It enhances your career prospects 

It’s all well and good telling prospective employers that you have a strong understanding of information security, but it’s even better to have a qualification that proves it. 

A qualification does more than demonstrate your skills, though. It also shows that you are dedicated to a career in information security and are willing to commit to further study. 

This is particularly helpful if your employer encourages staff to enrol on training courses and climb the ranks within the organisation.  

  • There are no formal entry requirements 

Although candidates should read Information Security Management Principles – the approved reference book for the CISMP training course and exam – before attending the course, CISMP is open to anyone with an interest in information security, whether as a career or for general business knowledge.


Enrol on our CISMP training course

Ready to get started with CISMP? Our CISMP Self-Paced Online Training Course can be taken from the comfort of your own home or office. 

Delivered by an experienced information security expert, it teaches you everything you need to pass the included CISMP exam. 

There are no formal entry requirements and no set times for study; all you need is a computer or a laptop.


A version of this article was originally published on 5 September 2019.

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