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The CISSP® and CAP by Russell Dean Vines, CISSP, CISM, Security +, CCNA, MCSE, MCNE, Ronald L. Krutz, Ph.D. P.E., CISSP, ISSEP

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Introduction

The need to protect information resources has produced a demand for information systems security professionals. Along with this demand came a need to ensure that these professionals possess the knowledge to perform the required job functions. To address this need, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification emerged. This certification guarantees to all parties that the certified individual meets the standard criteria of knowledge and continues to upgrade that knowledge in the field of information systems security. The CISSP initiative also serves to enhance the recognition and reputation of the field of information security.

Realizing the importance of certification and accreditation to the global security effort, the U.S. Department of State's Office of Information Assurance and (ISC)- have collaborated to develop a credential for the Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP). The CAP credential is an objective measure of the knowledge, skills and abilities required for personnel involved in the Certification and Accreditation process. Specifically, the credential applies to professionals responsible for formalizing processes used to assess risk and establish security requirements, as well as ensure information systems possess security commensurate with the level of exposure to potential risk. CAP is a fully independent credential, meaning that it is on the same level as the CISSP and SSCP credentials. It does not require CISSP ...

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