If the CISSP Group is for CISSP's, then there should be CISSP's in the group - the price of admission. As I said, we should allow others to see or ask questions, but not start threads or have other privileges.
Can't be anymore fair than that.
In answer to Cragin, despite being CISSP I have decided to recuse myself from it on comedic grounds, and to compensate have joined the CCSP group which now has one member.
If is my intention as defacto current leader(and only member) of said group to fight the exclusion of associates from the CCSP group while being... oh, ok a CISSP group is a fairly broad church, so I doubt the addition of associates really matters on way or the other, maybe let them post but identify them with the Associate badge?
I have a modest suggestion: Why not have an Associates' group for associates? They likely have issues that they may wish to address as a group?
Associates need to grow and gain experience, as do CISSPs; but we have different requirements and responsibilities; I vote to CISSP group CISSP only.
No problem for anyone to read the threads; but write and edit should be reserved for CISSPs.
I believe it is wrong to segregate based on whether or not you are an Associate or a full blown CISSP. We do not have resources apparently, given the predicted 1.5 million shortage by 2020 for sufficient security practitioners to be available to combat the growing army of Crimes Incorporated Inc. Who incidentally are apparently making far more money than legitimate legal organisations.
We as CISSP's should be sharing our experiences, guiding and mentoring Associates to gain their full CISSP's certification especially as one survey revealed that in some cases some security practitioners may be tempted to move from the White and Grey sides towards the Black as more fulfillment and rewards were likely to be obtained.
One of the things that drew me to ISC2 and obtaining the CISSP was the set of ethics, I would have to sign up, there in my mind are extremely important given the nature of this age of "digital trust", and exponential growth in technology without apparent responsibility to how it is designed, implemented and incorporated into the very fabric of our daily lives.
I therefore would vote against segregation of Associates and CiSSPs.
We should be working together, in a collaborative and mature approach, guiding, teaching, and mentoring the next set of security practitioners by maintaining the very ethics and level of trust we all signed up to and committed to uphold.
I fully agree with the substance of Caute_cautim's argument. However, there is no segregation if Associate members have readership privileges. Associates and anyone else for that matter can fully participate in the talk boards; they do and there are many who will attempt to address their questions. This is part of the learning community we all share.
By the same token should we allow Associates full privileges of the CISSP designation? I think not. Therefore, allow anyone to read the CISSP members board, but allow only CISSP members to post comments.
If Associates have questions there are many other fora here on which to ask them.
The kind of discussions we have here have no bais as to the level of competence hence I see no sense in discriminating against associates. The discussions offer a wonderful opportunity for the pros to mentor the associates.