To reflect the wide-ranging demands on today’s cybersecurity practitioner, ISACA has announced updates to the CSX Practitioner Certification (CSXP) examination, including a transition to online, remotely proctored exams for greater scheduling and location flexibility around the globe.
In addition, the CSXP exam was revamped to fully align with the latest job requirements of cybersecurity practitioners and enable test-takers to demonstrate the hands-on skills companies need to meet today’s cyber threats. CSXP is designed to measure technical skills and abilities in a virtual setting using real-world cybersecurity scenarios.
“No two corporate networks are identical,” said Matt Loeb, ISACA CEO. “This revamped certification equips cybersecurity professionals to demonstrate their cyber incident prevention, detection and response skills across diverse, ever-changing environments.”
The CSX Practitioner certification was introduced in 2015 as the first vendor-neutral, performance-based certification for professionals. The platform was named the 2016 Best Professional Certification Program by SC Magazine’s SC Awards. It remains the only comprehensive performance certification to assess an individual’s ability to perform globally validated, technical cybersecurity skills spanning five security functions – Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover. Professionals who have earned a CSXP certification demonstrated the ability to be a first responder to cyber incidents, following established procedures and defined processes; firewall, patching and anti-virus experience; and the ability to implement common security controls and perform vulnerability scans and some analysis.
ISACA also developed a new CSX Practitioner Exam Prep Course set to debut later this month for individuals and enterprises. The course initially will be available in an on-demand, self-paced format, while in-person training, through global training partners, will be available in the coming months. This comprehensive course of in-depth instruction and hands-on labs is designed to help professionals build critical technical cybersecurity skills through performance-based training in a live network environment – skills that not only prepare users for the CSXP exam, but also help them combat cyber issues.
Both CSXP certification and the Exam Prep Course are part of ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) program, which features hands-on training, certification, educational opportunities, conferences and more – all designed to help address the growing global cybersecurity skills gap. CSX credentials and training are aligned with globally accepted standards and frameworks, including the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, NIST SP 800-53 Revision 4, ISO 27000, and the COBIT 5 framework.
To meet continuing professional education requirements, those holding the CSXP certification must annually submit CPEs, which may be either knowledge- or skills-based, and they must re-test in year three of their certification cycle.
The new exam is in beta launch through April and is available for $199, a savings of more than 50 percent. Beta exams must be taken by March 31, and scores from the test will be available following the beta period. There are no prerequisites to take the CSXP certification exam.
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