A colleague of mine at work asked me why I am always studying as though I am preparing to take another exam. However, I think that one of the worst things that we can do as security professionals is to pass the CISSP or other high-level security exam and study less thereafter. I think that we should hit the books harder AFTER we have been successful passing the CISSP. What makes a ‘paper’ CISSP or other security professional is that lack of follow through. The CISSP, at least, is an exam that one should treat like a PhD or any other terminal degree. Your body of work isn’t complete just because you have that certification framed, in fact, your journey has only begun. The security bodies of knowledge are forever changing, and we must be prepared to meet those challenges of tomorrow.
Lamont @Lamont29 has given the core reason we need to be serious about the requirement for ongoing Continuing Professional EDUCATION. Perfect. Thank you.
This logic is also why I have a personal objection to allowing volunteer work in running an (ISC)2, ISSA, or INCOSE chapter to count as CPE. This practice smells more like a bribe to help maintain chapters than actual education.
Returning to the main point, yes, ,to deserve the label of professional in our field, we all do need to stay on top of rapidly changing and expanding world. As for the commitment of a CISSP as analogous to a PhD, yes, earning a research doctorate simply says, 'OK, now you actually know how to conduct research. Now go forth and do more."
Lifelong learning is a hallmark of a successful IT worker. Like your HS degree, your first bachelors and beyond, your certification initiates a new beginning. They offer a personnel and professional challenges that are milestones for each of us, though they are not an end. The broad base of the CISSP certification being that inch deep, mile wide amount of knowledge is an emphasis how how much there is to know and keep up with. The world is dynamic and it takes the philosophy of being a continuous learner just to keep in place with ourselves competent.
Enjoy the path you have chosen or that you may find has chosen you through your interests and abilities. You have achieved much and there is much more that will beacon you on this journey.
Daniel Nash, MS A, MS IT, BS, BS, CISSP, A+, Network+, I-net+, Linux+, Project+, Security+, LPIC-1, MCP, M CIW A, M CIW D, M CIW M, CIW Security Analyst, CIW Database, CCNA, Sitecore Professional Developer, SAFe Agile, ....
> Daniel-Nash1 (Newcomer II) posted a new reply in Certifications on 10-09-2018
> Lifelong learning is a hallmark of a successful IT worker.
One of the reasons I like security so much is that it demands you keep up, and, no matter what you learn, it seems to have a bearing on security at some point.
> Daniel Nash, MS
> A, MS IT, BS, BS, CISSP, A+, Network+, I-net+, Linux+, Project+, Security+,
> LPIC-1, MCP, M CIW A, M CIW D, M CIW M, CIW Security Analyst, CIW Database,
> CCNA, Sitecore Professional Developer, SAFe Agile, ....
...although I'm willing to concede that principle may have some limitations ...