CISSP Certification Now Equals a Master's Degree in Europe

Updated: May 20, 2020

Europe has recognized that a CISSP certification (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) is the same as a Master's Degree.


This change allows cybersecurity professionals to use the CISSP certification towards higher education course credit and also opens up new opportunities for roles that require or recognize master’s degrees. The new designation applies both in the UK and across Europe.


The announcement follows hot on the heels of the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service’s (ACE CREDIT®) recognition of six (ISC)2 certifications as eligible for college credit.


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Why It Matters


UK Study

The UK NARIC (the UK’s designated national agency responsible for providing information and expert guidance on qualifications from across the world) undertook an in-depth independent benchmarking study of the CISSP certification. The study reviewed core qualification components as well as a comparative analysis of the skills assessed during a candidate’s computer adaptive test (CAT) examination to the RQF. This analysis concluded that the CISSP qualification assessed candidate’s knowledge and skills comparable to the RQF Level 7 standard. It noted CISSP required skills such as organizational problem solving and decision making and awareness and correct use of industrial standards, policy and IT security best practices.


CISSP Value

Deshini Newman, managing director EMEA at (ISC)2 said, “Recognizing the CISSP as comparable to master’s level qualifications further underlines the robust educational and operational value of the certification within Europe. It will support our members in their career progression as they embark on opportunities both within their own organizations and externally when applying for roles with degree entry criteria.”


Source: InfoSecurity Magazine


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