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Accreditations, Recognitions and Endorsements

Achieving a certification is an investment in a career path, as well as an investment in people and we want to make sure that investment pays dividends, now and in the future. Around the world (ISC)² certifications are accredited, recognized and endorsed by leading organizations and industry bodies. We value these partnerships because they ensure our certifications meet or exceed the highest standards and are aligned with the professional goals of cybersecurity professionals and the operational needs of employers.

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Led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), CyberFirst is a programme aimed at 11- to 17-year-olds in the U.K. Covering a broad range of activities, CyberFirst helps young people develop a passion for technology and provides pathways into cybersecurity careers. (ISC)² supports CyberFirst by promoting its activities and contributing to its events.

Cyber Security Agency (CSA)

Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and (ISC)² collaborate to enhance the professional pipeline and quality of the cybersecurity workforce, and to raise awareness about the need for continuous improvement for specialized cybersecurity competencies in Singapore.

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Cyber Skills Framework

(ISC)² certifications are recognized as relevant certifications in the Australian Government ASD Cyber Skills Framework. The Cyber Skills Framework seeks to define the roles, capabilities and skills proficiencies that are essential to cyber missions, and that can be used in both the security and offensive contexts.

Data Security Council of India

Data Security Council of India and (ISC)² are strategic partners addressing the development and need of a skilled cyber security workforce in India and the region. (ISC)² is a member of the NASSCOM SSC-DSCI Working Group for designing and developing the Qualification Packs aligned with job roles in Cyber Security. (ISC)² was also a member of the Cyber Security Task Force, Skills Working Group.


Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

(ISC)² supports the Defense Information Systems Agency's IASE Cyber Workforce Management Program (DoDD 8140.01 and DoD 8570.01-m).


Department of Defense (DoD)

The (ISC)² CISSP®, SSCP®, CCSP®, HCISPP®, CAP®, CSSLP®, CISSP-ISSAP®, CISSP-ISSEP® and CISSP-ISSMP® certifications have met Directive 8570.1 requirements and are approved by ANSI to the ISO/IEC Standard 17024.

European Commission Pact for Skills

The Pact for Skills aims to get public and private organizations together and encourage them to make concrete commitments to upskilling and reskilling adults. (ISC)² has become a member of the Pact to help drive access to knowledge on upskilling and reskilling needs, to boost the skills of adults in regions and countries across Europe and to assist with driving digital transitions.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority has granted (ISC)² Approved Professional Organizations and Learned Societies status. This status validates the efforts of (ISC)² and its members to advance cybersecurity knowledge and skills, while UK members also qualify for tax relief on their own AMF payments.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

(ISC)² CISSP, CCSP and SSCP certifications are included under the HKMA's Enhanced Competency Framework on Cybersecurity (ECF-C) as options available to banking practitioners for meeting the ECF-C requirement.

Besides, (ISC)² CISSP holders are acceptable cyber professional qualifications for conducting C-RAF assessments under the HKMA's Cybersecurity Fortification Initiative 2.0.

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CISSP is a ‘Category A’ pre-requisite certification for the Australian Government Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) Information Security Registered Assessors (IRAP) programme. IRAP assessors have attained the necessary experience and qualifications in ICT, security assessment and risk management, and a detailed knowledge of Australian Government information security compliance requirements.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD)

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance cybersecurity capability for law enforcement officers. As part of the partnership, the TMPD will adopt (ISC)² credentials for selected members within law enforcement agencies throughout Japan and will provision official Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) training classes to provide its officers the highest quality cybersecurity training.

The European Union Agency for Cyber Security

The European Union Agency for Cyber Security (ENISA) has formed an ad-hoc working group through 2025 to support the governance, implementation, and evolution of the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework (ECSF). Fifteen members and thirteen observers were appointed to the group. (ISC)² has been appointed as a Permanent Observer and Jon France, CISSP, and (ISC)² CISO will represent (ISC)². ENISA is critical to the implementation of consideration and implementation of cyber policy throughout the European Union. It acts as the agency’s dedicated body to achieving consistent cyber protections across the Union. ENISA contributes to EU cyber policy, enhances the trustworthiness of ICT products, services and processes with cybersecurity certification schemes, cooperates with Member States and EU bodies, and helps Europe prepare for the cyber challenges of tomorrow.

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ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)

(ISC)² is the first information security certifying body to meet the requirements of the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) ISO/IEC Standard 17024.

Australian Computer Society (ACS)

ACS is the professional assessment body for information technology professionals which recognize professional competence and ongoing commitment to ethical practice. The ACS recognises the (ISC)² CISSP and CSSLP as valid demonstration of knowledge, skills and experience to accredit towards the Certified Professional (Cyber Security) designation, while the SSCP is accepted as valid demonstration of knowledge, skills and experience to accredit towards the Certified Technologist (Cyber Security) designation.

Australian Information Security Association (AISA)

The Australian Information Security Association (AISA) is the peak industry body for cyber security professionals in Australia. AISA has signed a strategic partnership with (ISC)² that recognises (ISC)² certifications as particularly relevant to their members. AISA provide its members CISSP, SSCP and CCSP CBK certification training. AISA's partnership with (ISC)² also sees AISA host (ISC)² Chapters within AISA Branches under a Special Interest Group (SIG) agreement.

Bank Policy Institute

Bank Policy Institute

(ISC)² partnered with the Bank Policy Institute, formerly the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), on the Software Assurance Framework.

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Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI)

(ISC)² aligns strategically with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), home of the CERT Division established in 1988 to address internet security problems.

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Credential Engine

(ISC)² is among the first 50 credentialing organizations to participate in Credential Engine's first-of-its-kind centralized credential data platform, Credential Registry, by listing the CISSP certification.

Cyber Veterans Initiative

Cyber Veterans Initiative

(ISC)² joins the state of Virginia in sponsoring free cyber training and industry-recognized certifications as part of a pilot program for veterans.

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Cybersecurity Credentials Collaborative (C3)

C3 provides a forum for collaboration among vendor-neutral information security and privacy and related IT disciplines certification bodies.


(ISC)² became a member of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) in June 2021. The main goal of ECSO is to develop a competitive European cybersecurity ecosystem. (ISC)² is committed to supporting ECSO in its mission and actively engaging in several of its working groups, especially those related to certification, education, training, and awareness.

International Accreditation Forum

International Accreditation Forum

All nine (ISC)² cybersecurity certifications are recognized by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) following the signing of a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA).

International Accreditation Service (IAS)

(ISC)² is the first cybersecurity certification body in the United States to meet the requirements of AC474, IAS Accreditation Criteria for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons, and complies with ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012 for its entire certification portfolio.

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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

(ISC)² supports NIST with information to strengthen the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical Infrastructure through workforce development.

NTT Advanced Technology Corporation

NTT Advanced Technology Corporation (NTT-AT) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with (ISC)² to bring local-language cyber security education to Japan as part of NTT-AT's commitment to support a strong and skilled cyber workforce. NTT-AT has also adopted the CISSP and CCSP certifications for the cybersecurity workforce framework within the NTT Group of companies.

UK Cyber Security Council

(ISC)² is a Founding Member of the UK Cyber Security Council, the self-regulatory body for the UK's cyber security profession. (ISC)² is actively committed to supporting the Council in fulfilling its mission.



The (ISC)² is a representative on the Credentialing Body Advisory Council of Workcred, which is a neutral body to advance the industry of certification and certificates.

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Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN)

(ISC)² was awarded Winner for the Best Security Certification Provider category by the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) Women in Security Awards 2020. (ISC)² was chosen amongst all other organisations in the Australian IT, Cyber Security, Protective Security and Resilience industry for helping to inspire and support young women and men to consider a career in security.


D2L Excellence Award

(ISC)² was awarded a 2020 D2L Excellence Award for the launch of the Professional Development Institute (PDI). The award recognizes educators, trainers, and leaders in learning engagement that have used the D2L learning platform to deliver learning experiences that are innovative, collaborative or have made an extraordinary impact on learning outcomes.


EXCEL Awards

InfoSecurity Professional magazine received two bronze Associated Media & Publishing EXCEL Awards in July. The EXCEL Awards recognize excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing and communications.

Quality Matters (QM) Certification

(ISC)²’s Express Learning course, 'Mobile Security from Every Angle', earned the Quality Matters (QM) Certification Mark following a rigorous review process. The QM Certification Mark is the internationally recognized symbol of online and blended course design quality and represents (ISC)²’s ongoing commitment to creating learning environments that provide learners with a clear pathway to success.

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SC Awards

The (ISC)² CISSP took top honors as winner of the SC Awards 2021 Best Professional Certification Program category.

The CISSP previously won in the same category in the SC Awards 2019, the SC Awards Euope 2015 and the SC Awards Europe 2016.

SC Awards Europe 2021

(ISC)² 's Professional Development Institute (PDI) was recognized for supporting continuous education for cybersecurity professionals during the COVID-19 Pandemic, when it won the Best Professional Training or Certification Program award at the 2021 SC Awards Europe 2021.


Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI)

For the fourth year in a row, InfoSecurity Professional earned editorial recognition in technical writing from the Trade Association Business Publications International. The January/February 2020 cover story by Tuan Phan, CISSP, on blockchain earned a bronze in the highly competitive category. Another feature, on information security ethics, co-written by Cate Kozak and Barry Dowell, CISSP, placed among the top 25 features in the competition.

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American Council on Education Accreditation

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service was established to connect workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping students gain access to academic credit for training taken outside traditional degree programs.


American Public University System

The American Public University System (APUS) awards transfer credits for students who hold (ISC)² CAP®, CISSP® and/or SSCP® certifications.

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Columbus State Community College

Columbus State’s Cybersecurity AAS prepares students for placement in the workforce and positions them for success in obtaining nationally recognized cyber related certificates including CISSP and SSCP.


DHS National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS)

The (ISC)² is the first professional organization to have its training course information accessible from the DHS portal.

Institute of Systems Science, NUS

NUS-ISS has included the (ISC)² CISSP CBK review seminar as one of the modules that students can build on to achieve the Graduate Certificate on Securing Ubiquitous Systems, which also forms part of the Master of Technology in Software Engineering offered by NUS-ISS.

James Madison University

James Madison University

Each January, the College of Business at James Madison University offers an optional 10-week (ISC)² online instructor-led CISSP course. The course is open to JMU MBA students and other IT professionals to prepare for the CISSP exam.

Moraine Valley Community College

Moraine Valley Community College has incorporated (ISC)² CISSP training into their undergraduate and workforce development programs.

Purdue University

Purdue University has included (ISC)² training and certification as part of a $12 million grant from the Department of Labor to establish a U.S. National Cyber Apprenticeship Program, titled the 'Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program' (P-CAP).

Tokyo Denki University

Tokyo Denki University offers the (ISC)² CISSP certification CBK review seminar as part of its Master's Degree program through the International Academic Program (IAP).

UK ENIC (previously known as UK NARIC)

The CISSP has been assessed as comparable to Level 7 of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in the UK, denoting that the certification is comparable to a Master’s degree standard across Europe.

University of Mary Washington

University of Mary Washington

University of Mary Washington was awarded a grant through the State of Virginia, and has partnered with (ISC)² to offer our courses as part of the program.

U of Tampa

University of Tampa

The University of Tampa's cybersecurity major helps prepare students for professional security certifications, such as the (ISC)² CISSP® exam.

University of Zagreb

University of Zagreb

The Faculty of Organization and Informatics at the University of Zagreb has included the (ISC)² CISSP module as part of the postgraduate specialist study programme Information Systems Security Management and Auditing. The goal of the study program is to provide up-to-date specialized training on complicated security and auditing issues.

Yeshiva University

Yeshiva University

YU's MS in Cybersecurity students are prepared to take the CISSP exam after their first semester Cybersecurity Foundations course.

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