We’re excited to announce that today we are launching a new program and now anyone can join (ISC)² as an (ISC)² Candidate! There is no experience requirement needed to join. You don’t have to pass an exam first. And, there are no fees to join. (Dues will be U.S. $50 annually to continue status after the first year). (ISC)² Candidates are eligible for the One Million Certified in Cybersecurity program and will be provided with free registration for the exam, as well as access to the online self-paced course.
If you’re not a member, but you’re interested in working in cybersecurity or you’re working in cybersecurity and interested in getting certified, (ISC)² Candidate is the program for you!
When you join, you’ll get access to discounted prices on education from (ISC)² as well as books and study guides, special event rates, webinars and more.
We hope you’ll join us as (ISC)² Candidates!
Allowing (ISC)2 candidates is a great thing for those who are sincerely interested in the profession, but unfortunately it also opens the door for spam and advertisements in the forum. Do we have measures in place to prevent this as much as possible?
If you hop in the wayback machine to the late-1980s and the founding of the (ISC)2, a lot of similar conversations were happening. There were all these credentials popping up, some decent, some awful, and you had a group get together and say we need to separate the "chaff from the wheat," or for a more current phrase "spam from the substance." It's interesting that fast-forward 30 years you're back at this crossroad of volume vs. quality. Some might say that, while an admirable goal, the CC runs against the very focused, original mission of the (ISC)2.
I wonder, as an organization, if we haven't misjudged, however. Computing resources have become so diffuse, do we really need more security professionals? Or is it that we need more professionals who think securely? To analogize, I am sure around 1920 or so, someone believed the next big thing was to teach everyone how to become a pilot. What they failed to see was the advent of the passenger planes. Now, we will always have to educate and certify pilots, but what someone needs to do is teach people how to fasten their seatbelts and put up their tray tables. I'm not sure we want to be in that business because while some people might think it's similar (hey, you're both on a plane), they really are disparate subjects and audiences.