I am a Senior Oracle DBA with 10+ years of experience in multiple Sectors including Telecommunications, Retail and Insurance. I have decided recently to fully transition into Security and currently studying for the CISSP exam. My question is, when I tried to book the exam earlier, I was faced with a question to whether I want to take the Associate route or if I have experience in two of the domains. Now as a Senior DBA, Security was a significant part my every day work, so I have covered Access control, encryption, patching, dealing with vulnerabilities, etc. from the Database Security prospective. My last role was a Database Security Manager responsible for the security of several database technologies and worked exclusively on patching, Policy and Vulnerability compliance. I implemented TDE (Transparent Data Encryption across all databases) and worked on SIEM products such as Arcsight.
I have all the paperwork from HR to prove my years of experiences but I do not know anyone who has CISSP who can vouch for me. So which route do I follow? I feel the Associate route is more designed for graduates with no experience but I am happy for you to correct me if my understanding is incorrect.
I am happy to report that I have successfully passed the CISSP exam last week and I have received an email today from the ISC2 requesting me to fill in the endorsement form.
I have all the necessary references from HR from my previous roles but I do not know any (ISC)² CISSP member that can act as my endorser. Can I ask (ISC)² to act as my endorser? What information do I need to provide? The references I have from HR from my previous roles only indicate the title of my role and the duration of employment and do not go into specifics. Will that be sufficient? I am also happy to provide the contact details of my previous managers if required.
@Cyberman6877 Thank you for reaching out! If you do not know an (ISC)² member in good standing that can act as your endorser, you may request for (ISC)² to act as your endorser. When you request the assistance application, you will need to provide proof of employment.
Proof of Employment:
Letter on company letterhead with job title and dates of employment (does not have to have description)
W2 - 1 W2 for each year worked at the company, plus one extra
Pay stubs - 3 for each year worked at the company (beginning, middle and end)