What is the difference in the CISSP and the CISA certification?

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What is the difference in the CISSP and the CISA certification?

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The CISSP is a security certification. IT is very broad and probably is
geared more towards the manager in security, CISO, etc. It has become a
very widely used standard in job requirements for security positions.

The CISA is strictly an auditing certification is only needed if you are going to
be an IS Auditor. No one else looks for this or requires it.

BOTH certification require a certain number of years either in IS security
or as an auditor before you can receive the designation. To get the CISA
you have to have been doing auditing for a minimum of 3 years (education can
then make up the other 2 years of the 5 required). This one actually
requires a sign off from your current or past employers to prove that you
have been auditing. The CISSP requires that your cert app (after exam) be
signed off by another CISSP who can verify your experience.

The exams for both of tough, but nothing that cant be passed with
experience.

Again, only do the CISA is you have been an auditor and will be auditing.

The CISSP goes across more jobs.

Hope that helps!

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  • ratboyselwyn

    The CISSP exam is much easier AND most audit depts. would accept you as an IT auditor with that certification so probably makes more sense to go down that route.  I'm CISA qualified and  in terms of content, it's very IT Security focussed.


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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    CISSP is limited to Cisco certification and will help you for Network and Security related jobs whereas CISA has a wider scope and is related to infromation security auditor. 
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  • ngyamfi
    So is it so necessary to have both cisa and cissp? Since the direction and skills focus are not same?
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  • Kevin Beaver
    It depends on what you want to do. I work as an information security consultant. I have my CISSP but not my CISA. I know I could learn some new things and probably be a better-round security professional if I got my CISA. That said, I have no interest in pursuing it because I haven't yet seen the value not have I lost any opportunities because I didn't have that certification. When in doubt, it won't hurt to get both. Only you'll know what's best.
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