Honestly, you feel like some 47% increase is a harsh thing to do. While admiting later that you are a US DoD cooperating pro, who might likely get the cost covered up somehow. Now imagine, the price is levelling for all certificates. I am a beginner, entering the InfoSecurity field while finishing my law degree here in Europe. The $65 for SSCP were quite fine to me, seeing those as something I'd be able to pay even if I were to lose my job somehow. Now it has DOUBLED.
Meanwhile, neither the Building Cyber Culture, nor the DevSecOps courses I tried so far has given me anything of value. I at least hoped to see some insight into practical side of GDPR, but after starting and dropping the other two courses due to their rather limited values, I am worried about it.
I also tired the BrightTalk webinars. Out of several, about half were product promos. And sadly, none was advertised as such. Sufficient to say, I was already very dissatisfied with my (ISC)^2 membership and those news steer me even further away from prolonging my status after those three years.
EDIT: Ok, started the GDPR course. Chapter 1 is basicaly "here's excerpts from webinars from back when no-one had a clue, and an interview with guy who managed to convice his supervisors to implement new policies". Not really useful, if you ask me.
Personally i’m OK with it, Here’s why.
I sat sat the CISSP and certified after I started working for my current employer(they paid for it), let it lapse again and then resat it at my own cost(I paid that), I also self funded my CCSP and recently a CSSLP course and exam (shout out to Alan and the APAC CSSLP unreasonable hours posse)... I’ve claimed AMFs once, and will probably do it again(especially this round as it’s a lot up front). Long term, it saves me money on multiple certs. 85 bucks was much more to me when I first certified than 135 is now.
I don’t think it’s about greed, or that ISC2 is greedy (I’m pretty sure David Shearer and the board don’t gather every morning on their personal ISC2 issue Learjet’s for a subsidised breakfast of Chateabriand while teleconferenced in over fat pipe paid for by the membership while laughing at our gullibility). Bluntly, I think there’s a few unfair characterterizations here, there is a cost for innovation, and keeping stuff going.
Contrasting this IAAP has a membership fee of 100 USD certified or not and they do not do background/experience validation. Most members or their employers can probably afford it, and ISC2 does need to keep the lights on and do some innovation. I’d go with the Babbage approach on postage and just say it’s probbaly cheaper to flat fee it than to break it all out, and it hasn’t gone up since the dinosaurs, if we went by RPI in The uk your 85 usd would be 165 as of 2018.
Some thoughts possible on tweaks:
1. Offer low cost AMFs on the honour system for folk who are not currently working, perhaps have a sampling audit to verify this trust. If countries have low wages then this could be extended to folk that were working, as Long as they met an income threshold;
2. Yearly upfront payment would probably be worth considering;
3. Perhaps have a mentorship/ sponsorship program that help security professionals in developing countries get some assistance with fees.