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Information Systems Security Architecture Professional

The CISSP-ISSAP is an appropriate credential if you’re a chief security architect or analyst. Typically, you work as an independent consultant or in a similar capacity.

As the architect, you play a key role in the information security department. Your responsibilities fall between the C-suite and upper managerial level and the implementation of the security program.

Although your role is tied closely to technology, it may be closer to the consultative and analytical process of information security.

This security architect certification proves your expertise developing, designing and analyzing security solutions. It also shows you excel at giving risk-based guidance to senior management in order to meet organizational goals.

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Get the Needed Experience

To qualify for the CISSP-ISSAP, you must be a CISSP in good standing and:

  • Have two years cumulative, paid, full-time work experience
  • In one or more of the six domains of the CISSP-ISSAP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)
Create an Account at Pearson VUE and Schedule Your Exam

To schedule an exam, you must create an account at Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE is the leading provider of global, computer-based testing for certification and licensure exams. You can find details on testing locations, policies, accommodations and more on their website. Once you’ve set up your account and are ready to register, you’ll need to:

  • Complete the Examination Agreement. You agree to the truth of your assertions regarding professional experience. You also legally commit to the adherence of the (ISC)² Code of Ethics.
  • Review the Candidate Background Questions.
  • Pay the exam fee.
Pass the Exam

This is the day to show your greatness!

  • Three hours to complete the 125 ISSAP exam questions.

You must pass the exam with a scaled score of 700 points or greater. Want more details? Read our exam scoring FAQs.


Get Endorsed

Once you successfully pass the exam, you’ll have nine months from the date of the exam to have your application endorsed. Your endorsement form must be completed and signed by an (ISC)² certified professional. He or she needs to be an active member who can confirm your professional experience. (ISC)² can endorse you if you can’t find a certified individual. Want to learn more? Read our endorsement assistance guidelines.

You’re on the leading edge of your craft. Here are just a few reasons to challenge yourself with this security architect certification:

  • A demonstration of excellence. You want to stand out from your fellow CISSPs. This concentration proves you have an elite level of knowledge and expertise.
  • New opportunities. The CISSP-ISSAP opens doors: from new career paths and jobs, to more exciting work.
  • Growth and learning. This is an opportunity to dive deep and hone your craft. You’ll find new ways to grow and stay on the forefront of information security. And earning your concentration is a big challenge.
  • Ease of continuing education and dues. As a CISSP, you already have a relationship with (ISC)². If you earn the CISSP-ISSAP, you only have to share your Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits with one organization. You may apply your CISSP-ISSAP CPE credits toward your CISSP requirement (as long as these credits are specific to security architecture). And your dues are a lot less than if you pursue an advanced certification with a separate organization. You’ll make great use of your time, energy and money.
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This security architect certification is an excellent way to hone your craft. But is it right for you?

You’re a great fit for the CISSP-ISSAP if you:

  • Are a life-long learner who craves a new challenge.
  • Want to go beyond the CISSP. You have a competitive spirit and want to stand out from your peers.
  • Want to be seen as a subject matter expert and prove your knowledge in a more focused area.
  • Are looking ahead in your career. The CISSP-ISSAP will help you achieve an even higher level of success.
  • Need this concentration to move into a specific job.
The CISSP-ISSAP is ideal for those working in roles such as:

  • System architect
  • Chief technology officer
  • System and network designer
  • Business analyst
  • Chief security officer

The exam outline is a free resource that details the major topics and subtopics within the domains that are covered on the CISSP-ISSAP exam. Reviewing this outline will help you determine which topics you may feel less confident about and develop a study plan around those topics

For a complete list of acronyms and terms you may encounter during your (ISC)² exam, reference the translated (ISC)² Certification Acronym and (ISC)² Certification Terms glossaries.

Self Paced Training

  • A powerful alternative to traditional classroom training. You’ll use modular training and interactive study materials.
  • Virtual lessons taught by authorized instructors through HD video.
  • Rich content equal to classroom training. It meets certification course requirements.
  • 120 days to access the content from any web-enabled device. Available any time and as often as you want.
Self-Study Resources

In addition to training, we offer resources to help you with self-study. Our resources include the:

Once you have passed your CISSP-ISSAP exam and are certified, you need to recertify every three years. To do so, you simply need to:

  • Earn 20 continuing professional education (CPE) credits each year. (You may apply these 20 credits toward your CISSP CPE requirement as long as these credits are specific to security architecture.)
  • Pay a USD$35 Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF). This amount is in addition to the fee required for the CISSP.

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