Hello, my name is Stephen Pullum. While currently not a practicing CISSP, I did obtain my certification in 2001 with Certification number of 28519. I am Black and while there is a lot of diversity in the ISC2 community now, there was not back then. I get asked a lot about who was the first Black CISSP because there was not a Community Board back then and if you did not really participate in you local Chapter there was not really much communication. This is not a racial question but a motivational one mainly because I was "hacking" in the Craft since 1982, joined the USAF in 1984 and did 27 total years. Younger Black cyber practitioners are asking me about the foundation of the Craft and historically where did Black people started becoming cyber certified. That is a valid question since in this day and age people pursue certification like it is something new!!
Did ISC2 track that metric of diversity back then? I have a low certification number and though not in the first 1000 certified ever, I really would like to know historically. Can't be too many Black CISSP's before me.
Be Blessed and Be Safe!!
Greetings, Stephen! It sounds like you have an interesting cybersecurity history. Did you let your CISSP lapse? What type of work are you doing now?
I hope you can find your answers on diversity in cybersecurity. You're right; there are many more PoC in this line of work these days. Do you volunteer with any infosec groups in your area?
Interesting background, thank you. I definitely cannot speak for (ISC)2, as I'm just a member, but maybe they have the answers you're asking for. As a relatively newer member, I don't remember if I was asked about my race or ethnicity.
In any case, I'm subscribing to this thread. Maybe you'll get some answers!
They do ask for your origin when you register for an exam these days:
Although, as you can see, you can opt for the "prefer not to answer" response.
I'm not sure that information is kept in our member records. Member ID number is not necessarily indicative of the date of a person's exam passing/membership date. As posted in this thread, PearsonVUE does ask for some identifying information when you register for an account with them but I'm unsure how long that gathering of information has been in practice. I'm checking with others on the (ISC)² team to see what I can find out.