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CISSP or CPP-Which is better in today's economy

Posted by javaguy76 on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 14:09

Good day.  I am an ITSec newbie.  As such, I am trying to decide what my ultimate certification goal should be.  I am considering either the CISSP or CPP certifications.  I recognize that both require a bachelor's degree plus at least five years of professional experience (CISSP) or seven years experience (CPP).  That said, I would be interested in feedback on which certification I should pursue and why.
Thanks for any feedback you can to give.

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certifications asked about certifications such as CPP and CISSP...CPP is issued by ASIS and is more for operational security, rather than IT. Some people get both. Here's an excerpt from last year's ASIS/Security Management Salary Survey, which you may find helpful:

Certifications. In addition to educational credentials, security professionals can boost compensation by earning respected certifications. More than half the respondents reported holding a certification, the most common by far being the Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) held by 35 percent of respondents.

The median salary for both CPPs and Professional Certified Investigators® (PCI) was $104,000. Those holding no certification reported a median compensation of $86,000. The median compensation for those holding a Physical Security Professional® (CSP) designation was $100,000.

The 5 percent of respondents with a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation reported both the highest and fastest-rising compensations, with a median of $123,000 in 2008—12 percent more than in 2007. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is the second highest in terms of compensation, with a $105,000 median in 2008. These certifications had average compensation of $139,000 for CFEs and $122,000 for CISSPs.

See the full story about the at

Results for the 2009 survey will appear in the August issue and online.

CISSP is an Attraction to JOBs

CISSP has opened doors because of the Dod 8570.1.m mandate that require all Information Assurance / Security personeel be qualified.

Govt positions or Dod Contracted positions won't look at you without it.




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