More Than 1,000 Cybersecurity Career Pursuers Complete the (ISC)² Entry-Level Cybersecurity Certification Pilot Exam

New professional certification program establishes a pathway into the workforce for students and career changers by demonstrating their foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to employers.

May 19, 2022

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- (ISC)² – the world's largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals – today announced that more than 1,000 cybersecurity career hopefuls have taken their first step toward a professional certification by completing the (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification pilot exam since the program launched on Jan. 31.

(ISC)2 created the certification to support and nurture a new generation of cybersecurity professionals entering the field – from recent university graduates to career changers to IT professionals – seeking to validate their security skills. The certification will provide employers with assurance that newcomers have the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in entry- and junior-level roles.

"The outstanding response to our pilot program shows the pent-up need for this certification. The (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification satisfies a void the industry has been struggling to fill for years, and promises to be among the fastest-growing, in-demand cybersecurity certifications," said Clar Rosso, CEO, (ISC)2. "We are facing a global cybersecurity workforce gap of more than 2.7 million people. We can only close that gap if we increase pathways into the field and make a cybersecurity career more accessible to more people. Candidates who pass our exam will show employers that they can contribute to their organizations' missions and have the aptitude to learn and grow on the job."

How the Exam Works
The (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification pilot exam evaluates candidates across five domains – security principles, business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR) and incident response concepts, access controls concepts, network security and security operations. A pilot exam outline is available that contains more details on the content within each domain.

Candidates who pass the (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification pilot exam become full members of (ISC)2, with access to continuing education, thought leadership, peer support, industry events and other professional development opportunities. Membership supports cybersecurity practitioners in their immediate and future careers as they gain experience and work towards more advanced and specialized certifications, such as the globally renowned (ISC)2 CISSP.

Learn more about the (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification pilot program, here. There will be no disruption to exam registration and administration throughout the pilot program and any time prior to the launch of the official certification program.

Exam-Prep Resources Available
To prepare for the (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification pilot exam, candidates can access a series of domain review sessions delivered in online instructor-led or online self-paced formats. All courses review the main themes and areas of expertise covered by the pilot certification exam outline. The courses also include sample questions, helping candidates focus on what to expect during the pilot exam. Candidates will receive a certificate of completion for the review session. Learn more here.

About (ISC)²
(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)² offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, pragmatic approach to security. Our membership, more than 168,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation – The enter for Cyber Safety and Education™. For more information on (ISC)², visit, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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