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CSCI 659 - CISSP Review

This is an online preparatory course for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification exam. The CISSP certification is the premiere worldwide security certification, highly recommended for careers in information systems security or auditing. Topics include the ten domains of the CISSP exam, including security management practices, access control, security models and architecture, telecommunications and network security, and cryptography. Students will see sample CISSP test questions and take practice exams. Students do not have to sit for the CISSP exam after the review course.

Note: This class is available for credit for both graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students at NIU can enroll in this class if they have 90 hours and GPA > 3.0. See the Computer Science Undergraduate Advisor for instructions on enrolling as an undergraduate.

To officially become a CISSP, you must pass the examination, have a bachelors degree in any field, and have three years work experience related to security. Information on the CISSP certification can be found at https://www.isc2.org/credentials/default.aspx .

However, if you don't have the work experience or bachelors degree, you can pass the examination and become an "Associate of  ISC2" and then automatically become a CISSP once you gain the proper work experience and degree. ISC2 is the governing body for the CISSP examination. More information on Associates can be found at https://www.isc2.org/associates/default.aspx.

Sample job listings can be found at http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=cissp&l=illinois&start=1 . Also see this article, "Hottest Certifications of 2008" http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/career/?p=223 .