CISMP, CISSP and CISM - what's in an acronym?


20 Mar 2017

CISMP, CISSP and CISM - what's in an acronym?


There is a wide range of different security courses available, and a mind-boggling array of certification and acronyms which go with them.  This article focuses on three of the most common, highlights the differences between them and provides guidance on how you choose one over the other.

CISMP has been developed by the British Computer Society (BCS), and is the Certificate in Information Security Management Principles.  It is a well known and common entry-level qualification, which is typically attained by people who are looking to start their careers in information- or cyber- security.  It covers, at a very high level, a wide range of topics and provides a good foundation level of understanding.  It can be viewed as a preparatory course which you then build on, perhaps specialising in one area or another.

 

It covers the following topics, and typically these subject areas are covered over five days on a course, with a one hour multiple choice exam at the end

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