Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Are you curious about the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), (ISC)2 certification? Are you curious if it is something you should do?
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This exclusive profile includes North American IT professionals who have the CISSP certification. It will help you make informed decisions about your next certification.
This certification profile includes information about the job functions and titles of professionals who have the certification. It also provides views on job security, satisfaction, CISSP salaries, and other certifications and tenure. Global Knowledge’s annual global IT Skills and Salary Report provides this data. You won’t find it elsewhere.
Here’s a CISSP overview for those who aren’t familiar with the certification.

Thematic areas
Commonly, the CISSP certification is held by job functions and job titles
Years of experience
Management responsibility
Salary data for CISSP
Factors that contributed to salary increases
Satisfaction and job security
Workplace challenges
What other certifications can CISSP-certified professionals have?
Most sought-after certifications

Commonly, the CISSP certification is held by job functions and job titles
Cybersecurity / IT SecurityInformation Security
Analyst or Security Engineer
Security Manager or Director

Audit / IT ComplianceIT Audit Manager
IT Auditor
IT Compliance

Executive (C-level Director)
CIO – Chief Information Officer

Average age: 48
Male – 86%
Females – 11%
Do you prefer not to answer? – 3%

What number of years do you have worked in your profession?
Years of experience % of respondents1-5years9%6-10years 10%11-15years 13%16-20years18%21-25years 19%26+years 31%
Management responsibilities
47% of CISSP certified holders have management responsibilities

Respondents’ level of employee responsibility%55%Senior-level (e.g. senior engineer, director or VP)41%Executive(e.g. president, partner, C–level)14%
Average salary for professionals with CISSP certification


Average bonus

What are the main factors that contributed to an increase in your base pay?
Primary factors that led to a salary increase (Select all that apply)% of respondentsPerformance in current job45%Standard company increase25%Cost of living increase20%Obtained industry certification12%Additional responsibilities in current position10%Promotion and transfer to another company10%Promotion within company8%Lateral move to another company8%Developed new skills that were of added value8%New assignment in current company5%Other (please specify):2%
Security of employment
45% feel very good
36% feel somewhat positive
7% feel very or somewhat bad

Satisfaction at work
31% are very satisfied
42% are satisfied with their lives.
17% are very or somewhat dissatisfied

Possibility to search for another job in the next 12 month
25% are very likely
26% are quite possible
21% are not likely or unlikely
28% are very unlikely or somewhat unlikely
Changed employers in the last year
77% – No
23% – Yes

Factors for changing employers
Opportunities for growth and development
Compensation increases
Work/life balance

CISSP-certified holders face workplace challenges
Workplace challenges (Select all that apply.) )% of respondentsWorkload41%Access to resources (i.e., budget, people) to help the organization achieve its goals40%Employee morale33%Unclear job roles and responsibilities32%Executing with urgency and excellence31%Lack of career development and growth opportunities31%Communication and working with supervisors23%Developing team skills20%None9%Other (please specify):4%
What other certifications can CISSP-certified professionals have?
Time since the last certification
Time elapsed% of respondents0-6months43%7-12months26%1-2 years15%3-5 year8%5+ years7%
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