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From: "Kelly, Robert L (Lee)" <robert.kelly () verizonbusiness com>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 21:16:08 +0000

ISC does not require a college degree in order to sit for the CISSP exam
- their requirement is for a person to have a minimum of 4 years of
direct full-time security experience in one or more of the ten domains.
The full description can be found here:
https://www.isc2.org/cgi-bin/content.cgi?category=1187 and if you read
the first bullet under the initial paragraph it states that this
experience may be work of such a nature that it usually includes a
liberal education or a college degree, but that is not a strict

That page also describes that, depending on your background, it may be
possible to get a waiver for up to 2 years of the above mentioned 4

Thank You,
Lee Kelly - MSc., CISSP

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Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 2:28 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: CISSP

I was going to take the SANS mentor class for the CISSP. But I have just
discovered that they are requiring a B.S. degree, which I don't have. I
have been in the I.T. field as a sys admin/telecommunications/pseudo
security person for 10 years now. I have achieved SANS silver GCIH and
CGNA in the past year and a SCP (snort certified professional). 
I don&#8217;t have a B.S. because I decided to be a chef,a nd got a
culinary arts degree. I did that for 15+yeard and made it to my goal,
but I make much more today than I did as a restaurateur.  

So people, should I continue to peruse the SANS track, or somehow get
that B.S and get the CISSP eventually? I see many job postings that are
asking for CISSP certs. 

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