Every single day I receive LinkedIn joining requests from various India-girls (as per their LinkedIn profile), who poses to be in Training or HR or sometimes to any other professional sector.
The moment I accept the request, I get a typical message offering a wide variety of training and also start further conversation on LinkedIn message service, and eventually they offer that the "Trainer will sit in exam on your behalf and you will get the certificate".
I even know some of the people who actually availed such services and without knowing a bit of Information Security, they got CISSP, CISM, CRISC and many other reputed certifications.
On one hand this tragic situation has a quick answer, that those people who do not posses knowledge and just acquire a certificate will eventually face the consequence when they will try to apply in professional field. Fine, but on a bigger picture, this is causing damage to the reputation of these hard-earned certifications. If this will keep on going this way, I am sure soon the recruiters will start disregarding the badges and certificates that the candidates proudly highlight on their resume.
I think its not impossible to catch and punish these kind of criminals, yes it will take efforts and focus on this matter.
I request to this reputed certification body and other respectable participant to put focus on this matter and find some solution if we any interest to maintain the respect and reputation of the hard-earned certificates.
I agree with you that this situation is not right, however I believe that this belongs to (ISC)2 (either the Legal department or the the Ethics committee or both).
One thing you can do is file an Ethics report on either the organization or an individual.
Can you please private message me a screen capture of any identifying information so I can pass this along to our member support team?
..."Trainer will sit in exam on your behalf and you will get the certificate".... I even know some of the people who actually availed such services and without knowing a bit of Information Security, they got CISSP, CISM, CRISC and many other reputed certifications.
You might reach out to (ISC)²'s legal department. They would be highly interested in knowing the identities of "some people" and how you "know" this to be the case. Here is how they request you contact them:
If you ... have any other ethics related issues, you must contact (ISC)² by submitting an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to:
311 Park Place Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33759
Thank you for looking out for the integrity of the certification we all value so much.
@waquar Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We receive reports of this type on a fairly regular basis and are looking at ways to most efficiently investigate these claims.
I know @AndreaMoore said she would submit a ticket on your behalf.
For future reports of a similar nature, please call or email Member Services with any information you have (e.g. screenshots, emails, social media names). Any and all information is helpful.
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Once these reports are made to my Member Services team, they escalate to me so that I can work directly with our legal team.
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