New (ISC)² Entry-Level Cybersecurity Certification

Written by: (ISC)²
Published on: 22 Feb 2022

New (ISC)² Entry-Level Cybersecurity Certification Opens Opportunities to Candidates Just Starting Out in the Field

Every day, more cyberattacks make headlines. If there’s data, it’s a target — nothing’s off-limits. To protect the technologies we rely on every day and safely connect us across the world, we need more cybersecurity professionals.

The numbers tell the story. The 2021 Cybersecurity Workforce Study reports the cybersecurity workforce needs an influx of 2.7 million professionals to meet global demand. And that urgency shows no signs of slowing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the information security industry will grow 33% through 2030 — that’s 25% higher than the 7.7% growth rate across all industries.

 

To help close the workforce gap and bring more professionals into the field, (ISC)² recently launched the entry-level cybersecurity certification. This new credential breaks down traditional barriers to entry, enabling students, incoming professionals and career changers to enter their first cybersecurity role prepared for what’s next. 

The entry-level cybersecurity certification demonstrates knowledge in the key foundational concepts in information security. It requires no work experience – just a passion for cybersecurity and the desire to dive into an exciting field that protects the world from cyber threats.

What It Covers

The (ISC)²  entry-level cybersecurity certification exam evaluates expertise across the following five security domains. Learn more in the entry-level exam outline.

1. Security Principles

2. Business Continuity (BC), Disaster Recovery (DR) & Incident Response Concepts

3. Access Controls Concepts

4. Network Security

5. Security Operations

Candidates have two hours to complete the 100-item pilot exam, available in English at Pearson VUE testing centers. 

Now for a limited time, you’ll have two opportunities to successfully complete the exam. If you don’t pass the first time, consider it a benchmark to identify the domains that require further study, and take the exam again – at no additional cost. Register now.

Get Ready for Exam Day

(ISC)² offers a choice of flexible options for the entry-level cybersecurity certification exam preparation to help candidates gain the solid foundation of knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.

Online Instructor-Led Review Sessions allow you to participate in live sessions led by an (ISC)² Authorized Instructor and work on your own through an engaging self-paced experience. This 12-hour blended learning experience includes six hours of live instruction, as well as six hours of self-paced content in preparation of the live sessions. Candidates have 180-day access to recorded live sessions and self-paced content. 

Online Self-Paced Training lets you learn at your own pace with modular video content combined with interactive study materials. The 12-hour online self-paced learning experience features guided pre-recorded video instruction, as well as the ability to email authorized instructions for answers to content-related questions. Candidates have 180-day access to course content.

With both training options, candidates have the opportunity to reinforce their learning with peer discussions, pre- and post-course assessments, knowledge checks, flip cards and study sheets with key points, terms and definitions. 

Do you already have basic knowledge or experience in cybersecurity? Get your voucher and go right to the exam. Register now.

Backed by the Reputation of  (ISC)²

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Its portfolio of credentials are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. With more than 160,000 members,  is (ISC)² made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are helping to advance the industry. Learn more.