Sep 2021 by Saj Ahmed
Managing information security in any organisation can be extremely challenging in today's environment, the advancement of technology and the use of mobile computing devices have not only increased the adoption of newer technologies but have also increased the exposure to risks and security hazards.
Technological solutions alone can only mitigate security risks to an extent, the presence of qualified security experts in-house provides organisations with the reassurance and ability to implement, manage and enhance periodically the cutting edge security solutions.
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In a real-life scenario, a multimillion-dollar company once has started a "smart card" program issued to all the employees, from highest to lowest levels, smart cards had to be used to access the office premises as well as the network and data systems. The card was designed to contain individual employee's details, this included the employee's name, photo, department, ID numbers, etc.
The smart card contained the identification and authentication information with which the user could log on to the computer. While the HR department did issue the cards, it was the employee's sole responsibility for the use of the card. The smart card along with a PIN was required to log into the computer systems, removal of the card will result in the computer getting locked, preventing any unauthorised access to the system.
This system had some sophisticated features such as Automatic Log Off, Building Access Control, Identity Card, Single User and Single Device Requirement, Employee Time Tracking, and more. However, in a routine audit, it was discovered that there were multiple log-on using the CEO's credentials, even when he was out of the country. Since the CEO was able to prove that the smart card was in his possession, the intruder used another smart card that was issued to the CEO to access the systems. Further investigations revealed multiple smart cards were used to access other senior privileged admin accounts and access sensitive data.
One of the key benefits of CISSP is fulfilling the requirements of almost all regulatory bodies across the world. By becoming CISSP qualified, you'll become a member of (ISC)2
• Free online (ISC)2 Professional Development Institute Courses
• Free subscription to InfoSecurity Professional Magazine
• Member pricing for (ISC)2 events
• Expert-led webinars on the latest security issues
• The ability to join or start a local (ISC)2 chapter
• Volunteering opportunities with companies that may not be able to afford your expertise
• Digital badges to promote expertise on emails, websites, cards social media (such as LinkedIn)
|• Improves the credibility and value of the employers as the (ISC)2 certifications are recognised internationally||• An increased credibility and goodwill for the organisation when working with vendors and contractors|
|• Satisfies certification mandate requirements of service providers or subcontractors||• Empowers the employees with a universal language of industry-accepted terms and practices|
|• Validates the organisation's commitment and years of experience||
• A CISSP qualified professional provides a globally recognised knowledge that defines the architecture, design, management, risk and controls that are assured in a business environment
• The CPE credits to ensure that a CISSP professional improve their skills
|• CISSP is the Gold Standard and vendor-neutral IT security certification program|
An informal survey of information security jobs on a major recruitment website revealed that over 70% of the roles required CISSP certification. In fact, information security professionals certified with CISSP are in high demand with a growing amount of companies that need their information and assets protected thanks to the rise of cloud computing. The CISSP course at Readynez will introduce you to key concepts of information security and CBK (Common Body Of Knowledge)
The Official (ISC)²® Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) training provides a comprehensive review of the knowledge required to effectively design, engineer and manage the overall security posture of an organisation. This training course will help students review and refresh their knowledge and identify areas they need to study for the CISSP exam. Content aligns with and comprehensively covers the eight domains of the (ISC)²® CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK®), ensuring relevancy across all disciplines in the field of cybersecurity.
This training course is intended for professionals who have at least five years of cumulative, paid work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the (ISC)²® CISSP CBK and are pursuing CISSP training and certification to acquire the credibility and mobility to advance within their current information security careers. Individuals may be currently in roles such as: Security Consultant; Security Manager; IT Director/Manager Security Auditor; Security Architect; Security Analyst; Security Systems Engineer; Chief Information Security Officer; Security Director; Network Architect.
There are many unique and exciting IT career paths you can take once you’ve earned this award-winning certification. A few roles that use CISSP are an IT Security Manager who ensures everything with cybersecurity is running smoothly, an Ethical Hacker who works with the IT team to test for vulnerabilities, and a Penetration Tester whose job it is to test the integrity of a company’s current systems. Additional CISSP job titles to explore include those involving forensics, analysis, engineering, and information assurance.
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