The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification is the most respected of all vendor neutral security certifications.
The CISSP certification program has among the strictest entry requirements which accounts for its high esteem in the industry. Specifically, a candidate must have a minimum 4 years of direct full-time security professional work experience in one or more of the ten domains of the information systems security CBK or 3 years experience plus a college degree or 2 years experience plus a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Information Security from a Center of Excellence. The exam costs $599 with an annual maintenance fee of $85.
||The CISSP Certification examination consists of 250 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have up to 6 hours to complete the examination. Recertification is required every 3 years, with on-going requirements for maintaining your credentials in good standing.