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One of the best resources we have to see how popular something is (anything really), is Google AdWords.
All you have to do is plug a keyword into their “Keyword Planner” and out come the average amount of monthly searches performed for that keyword.
So, this weekend I thought it would be interesting to find out which cyber security certificate is the most searched for. And here are the top three results:
Now keep those number in mind while I summarize a short list of (negative) comments aimed at the CISSP certification:
And here is the only conclusion I can reach:
No matter what the anti-CISSP community have to say, the ugly truth about CISSP is that cyber security professionals are still interested in it (at least searching for it online).
In fact, arguably, professionals still perceive CISSP to be the only “must have” certificate in the market.
And if we believe that perception is often more important than reality, then perception is something we have to constantly manage. Whose perception? Everyone’s — your (prospective) employers, C-level executives, your customers etc.
Here’s some good news. No matter where you stand on this discussion, you can evaluate our CISSP course, for free, for 30 days. Simply enroll here.
So here a question for you (and one I would welcome comments about below):
With demand for cyber security professionals far outstripping supply, is there any upside in NOT having your CISSP?
PS. As of May 2014, (ISC)² reports 93,391 members hold the CISSP certification worldwide, in 149 countries.