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Jun 6 2012   3:14PM GMT

Computer-Based Testing Takes Over at ISC-squared

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

OK! Hey, hey! The days of six-hour, paper-based exams in which you filled out page after page of mark sense dots with Number 2 pencils are finally over. The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium — better known as (ISC)2 or “ISC squared” — has completed its transition to the Pearson VUE testing network. An amusing graphic on the (ISC)2 site memorializes this long-overdue transition:

Testing now means pushing buttons, not pencils

Testing now means pushing buttons, not pencils

Exams covered by the new arrangement include all of the best-known and important ones that (ISC)2 offers — namely:

  • CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • SSCP: Systems Security Certified Practitioner
  • CAP: Certified Authorization Professional

Plus these  CISSP Concentrations/add-on credentials which take the CISSP as a pre-requisite:

  • ISSAP: formally, the CISSP-ISSAP, where the latter stands for Information Systems Security Architecture Professional
  • ISSEP, formally, the CISSP-ISSEP, where it’s Information Systems Security Engineering Professional
  • ISSMP, formally, the CISSP-ISSMP, where it’s Information Systems Security Management Professional
Why is this a good thing for aspiring or career-savvy information security professionals? Because there are lots more Pearson Testing centers than there ever were locations for scheduled, human proctored exams under the paper-and-pencil regime. Because you can schedule the exams at Pearson VUE at your convenience, rather than having to travel to a handful of “central locations” offered perhaps once every month or two around the country. And because it’s much easier to concentrate on the exam (and get an accurate score) when you don’t have to spend time filling in mark-sense forms with a pencil!

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