I have over 20 years industry experience and recently (Apr 2017) received my CISSP. One thing that struck me in my seminar week was the number of people (almost half) who lost their certification due to lack of CPEs. Don't let this happen to you. Seriously. The last thing you want is to have to fork out the money to take the test all over again.
CPEs are important. They provide evidence that you are an active participant in the infosec community. They're easy to earn, but don't shrug them off or take them lightly. Earning CPEs will make you better at your job:
If you or your chapter has cool ways to earn CPEs, feel free to post up.
When I got my SSCP in March 2017, I was worried about getting all 20-type of CPE.... now I am in November, and I have 70 A CPE...
Dontvworry, keep learning and record each activity as soon as finished. This way, it is always going up.
Courses, conferences, chapter meetings, and vendor presentations are all great. However, I recommend setting a practice of watching or listening to one free Type A webinar or podcast a week, which will absolutely guaranty you meet your minimum 40 CPE per year, with room to spare. Use the courses, conferences, and chapter meetings as networking & educational gravy, and the vendor presentations for free meals (literally!).
If you claim you cannot devote an hour a week to online professional education, you should re-think your commitment to the concept of professional.
There are innumerable top notch, high value, free resources for podcasts and webinars, including (ISC)2, ISSA, SANS, OWASP, CMU SEI-CERT, etc.
When I obtained my second ISC2 certification I was worried about that too, however straight from the official guidelines ((ISC)² CPE Policies & Guidelines (rev 10, April 21, 2015), p.15):
If a member holds more than one (ISC)² credential, the CPEs he/she submits will automatically be counted toward all of his/ her active credentials. Members should not enter CPE activities in their record (member database) more than one time.
The member should select ‘Multiple Domains for his/ her CPE submission when submitting Group A credits. The CPE credits will be applied as Group A credits to each credential when the member holds multiple credentials.
So (thankfully, and logically really) any Continuing Professional Education in a security related field counts as a CPE for all your certifications. So you can go nuts and obtain dozens of them! 😉
The CPEs count towards all certifications that have that domain. I have my CISSP and HCISPP. If I do a purely healthcare CPE, it wouldn't count towards my CISSP and If I do a Security Engineering CPE it doesn't count towards my HCISPP. However there are many overlapping domains, and The InfoSec magazine ones count for all certs as a type A.
"The CPEs register automatically after a few days, if you've added your ISC member number to the BrightTalk website."
I have not seen a place in BrightTalk where you can put you ISC² ID for CPE automatic registering. I have called BrighTalk support, and they have told me that they do not take care of CPE, but it is up to the organizer of the webinar to manage this.
I do not know how I can get CPE credential. Could you tell me more in detail what you have done ?
Thks very much
Sorry, I wasn't clear. When you register for the webinar itself on the brighttalk website, some of the webinars prompt you to enter your ISC number during registration. I don't believe there's anywhere to enter it under your Brightalk profile and have it automatically applied to all the webinars you watch. I've noticed the CPE tracking is a bit hit or miss, the webinars hosted by ISC2 generally track automatically, but webinars by other vendors do not always track, and you have to enter those manually on the ISC2 website.
Hope that helps