Since 1994, security practitioners around the world have been pursuing a well-known and highly regarded professional credential: the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. And since 2001, CISSP For Dummies has been helping security practitioners enhance their security knowledge and earn the coveted CISSP certification.

Today, there are more than 120,000 CISSPs worldwide. Ironically, some certification skeptics might argue that the CISSP certification is becoming less relevant because so many people have earned the certification. However, the CISSP certification isn’t less relevant because more people are attaining it — more people are attaining it because it’s now more relevant than ever. Information security is far more important than at any time in the past, with extremely large-scale data security breaches and highly sophisticated cyberattacks becoming all too frequent occurrences in our modern era.

There are many excellent and reputable information security training and education programs available. In addition to technical and industry certifications, there are also many fully accredited postsecondary degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs available for information security practitioners. And there are certainly plenty of self-taught, highly skilled individuals working in the information security field who have a strong understanding of core security concepts, techniques and technologies.

But inevitably, there are ...

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