CISSP is a highly sought-after cybersecurity certification
Many certification roadmaps include (ISC.2)’s CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional) as a critical cybersecurity certification to consider when planning your career and education. CompTIA IT Certification Roadmap places CISSP at the “Expert” level of the Information Security pathway. CompTIA’s IT certification roadmap recognizes the importance and value the CISSP.
Many IT professionals look for CISSP as a sign of their knowledge, experience, and excellence. CISSP is more than a recommendation from industry groups. It has been proven to be an important IT certification by practical observation. Its prominent appearance on job postings is evidence of the drive to obtain this notable certification. A job search in any large metropolitan area will reveal that a surprising number of IT and cybersecurity jobs require that the applicant is CISSP-certified. It is also included in the 15 Top-Paying Certifications List every year.

A scan of the resume posting sites reveals that many IT professionals are either employed or looking for work. To attract top job brokers and HR managers, IT professionals should include CISSP on both their resumes and/or profiles.
According to the International Security Council (ISC), there are more than 142,000 CISSP-certified people in over 170 countries as of 2021. This number is increasing at a steady rate. CISSP-certified individuals work in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, small businesses, start ups, and many others as independent contractors.
According to the Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report CISSP-certified professionals have third highest IT salaries worldwide ($119,170 USD) and fifth in North America ($138 6,647 USD). In 2020, the North America salary for CISSP professionals was more than 10% higher than in 2019. The ranking also increased from 10th place to 5th in just one year. IT professionals looking to advance their careers should also consider CISSP as the second most popular certification.
The annual Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report also shows that certification-required jobs are on the rise, as is their average salary. With the right certifications, skills, and experience, you may have more job options and be able to earn more. Cybersecurity, cloud, IT architecture, design, project management, risk management, and other high-paying jobs require or benefit from a CISSP certificate.
Certification Magazine’s 2020 survey provides further insight into the demographics of those who hold the CISSP certificate.
Women account for more than seven percent of all surveyed certificate holders
70% of CISSP holders are between 35 and 54 years old
41.7% of those who have a master’s or higher degree have one, while 36.4% have a bachelor’s or lower degree.
96.8% of them are full-time employees
CISSP holders often include senior specialists (43.2%) and managers (16.7%), directors (14%), managers (13%), senior managers (13%), specialists (6.5%) or executives (3.4%).
72.1% of respondents have been in cybersecurity for more than a decade.

[Note: For more information on the survey and the methodologies, visit All percentages are derived from the responses to the survey and may not reflect the global status of CISSP certificate holders.
Five reasons why CISSP is still a good indicator of cybersecurity expertise
This certification is not solely based on passing an exam. It is also necessary that the subject has sufficient experience in the field.
To confirm that applicants meet the requirements of the experience requirements, industry professionals who hold CISSPs verify the experience of TA candidates.
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