Interesting Info from an (ISC)2 Official

mikeyoungmikeyoung Member Posts: 101
Last week I attended the Security Leadership Conference in Bethesda, MD. (Outstanding conference by the way!) One of the speakers was Lynn McNulty, the Consortium's Director of Government Affairs. He gave a speech discussing the US Department of Defense's initiative to have their info security professionals certified.

I found his speech very interesting and I decided to "bring back" a few of the hightlights, especially in light of all of the rumors that the CISSP exam is changing.

- There are approxiamately 41,000 CISSPs in 112 countries.

- Although the Consortium does not openly discuss pass/fail percentages, there is a 30% failure rate for first time candidates.

- The exam is constanty evloving. The Consortium is considering including 'essay' style questions, but have not made any decision to so.

- The exam is STILL 250 multiple choice questions with only 225 counting towards towards the score.

- The Consortium has THOUSANDS of questions that they choose from for the exams.

- They have caught individual cheaters, but have never experienced any organized effort to **** on the test.

- They have stripped CISSPs of their certifications for ethics violations, but only after extensive due dilligence.

- They are happy with the exam delivery method and do not expect to change to online exams.

- They have been doing this since '95 and they are very good at it.

- Although there is some pressure from the US DOD to help get their ISOs "CISSP certified" The Consortium insists that "The standards will not slide."

Side note: I have to believe the Consortium will handle the new challange of Colleges and Universities incorporating CISSP training into their IS programs, with the same attention to standards. At least I hope they will, because if they don't, there isn't any thing we can do about it.

Again, great conference, awesome speakers and topics. Simlar conferences are held all over the world and I reccomend you attend if you get a chance.

Thanks for reading,

Lack of will power has caused more failure than lack of intelligence or ability.


  • lopezcolopezco Member Posts: 38 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Nice info Mike!
    I am surprised with 30% rate failure, I thought was higer! I see 70% pass in their first try!
    "If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees." — Kahlil Gibran
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