If your career goal is to become a chief security analyst or architect in the information technology environment then the program you need to get acquainted with is the Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) certification by (ISC)2. Of course, in order to apply for this certification course, you are required to have 2 years of professional experience on your CV in the area of IT security architecture.

There is a high demand for security architects in IT companies of today because they play a key role in the business. As a security architect, your primary strategic goals will be aligned to the requirements of information security department of an organization. You will be responsible for not only providing security solutions that have a high functionality but also have to ensure proper implementation of such a security program. The Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) certification program will enable and impart skills in development, design, and analysis of an IT security plan to the satisfaction of your organization or client.

Why ISSAP is so popular

Today, there are several IT security certifications that have gained popularity in terms of pay value and market demand and one such program is the Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) certification. In fact, the ISSEP certification has shown a 10% spike in demand according to a Foote Partners report. This spike in popularity or demand is driven by the fact that the IT organizations of today need solutions that can cater to the increasingly complex requirements of information security. The demand for ISSAP certification is also driven by the fact that it has been designed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)², which is considered as the “world’s largest IT security organization”.

Average Pay after ISSAP Certification

Professionals who have earned the Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) title draw an average salary of $102,000/yr according to Indeed.com. The national salary trend for ISSAP has seen a few high and lows and is expected to take a leap in the near future. The current trend can be seen in the following graph:

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Job titles for ISSAP certified professionals

The entry level job titles Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) certified professionals include Security Architect and Security Analyst. The mid level or senior level jobs include Sr. Security Architect, Sr. Security Analyst, Sr. IT Security Manager, and Chief IT Security Architect among others.

What sets ISSAP certification apart from other IT security certifications?

The Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) certification covers in details 6 key areas of IT security and they are:

1)  Access Control Systems and Methodology: This area focuses on the key requirements for establishing effective and adequate access control restrictions for any IT organization. Access control helps in protecting data, systems, personnel and physical infrastructure and ensures the maintenance of their availability, integrity, and confidentiality

2) Cryptography: This area focuses on creating an understanding of various cryptographic methodologies and how it can be used for protecting communication and data storage of an organization from misuse.

3) Requirements Analysis and Security Standards, Guidelines, Criteria: This is an important area that focuses on diligence as well as attention to various security standards, and helps in increasing awareness of different threats to ensure identification of security risks.

4) Physical Security Integration: This area of ISSAP focuses on how important physical security and personnel control is towards making the information systems security model a success.

5) Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP): This is another key area that focuses on the identification of various adverse events, which can threaten an organization’s ability to continue pr perform normal operations. This area of ISSAP will help professionals to implement effective countermeasures for reducing overall risk of adverse incidents.

6) Telecommunications and Network Security: This area focuses on addressing the different security concerns that may arise in networks and telecommunications in a widely distributed computing environment.

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