ARNOLD AFB, Tenn., October 25, 2016 – As an information assurance manager for the Test Operations and Sustainment contract, Randy Sloan’s month of self-preparation and certification boot camp attendance earned him the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) credential that is required and essential to his NAS security role.
Sloan’s experience of 30 years at AEDC helped him prepare for a 6-hour exam in September, which included several topics related to cybersecurity.
“There are no specific course requirements for certification; however, you must demonstrate competence in a broad range of domains related to cybersecurity,” he said. “The domains on which you are tested include Security & Risk Management, Asset Security, Security Engineering, Communications and Network Security, Identity and Access Management, Security Assessment and Testing, Security Operations and Software Development Security. In addition to passing the examination, you must have a minimum of 5 years practical experience in two or more of the domains.”
Sloan developed a one-month, self-study program using a study guide developed by The International Information System Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2.
“I then attended a 6-day boot camp where I had intense classroom training 10 hours each day and assigned study activities that took an additional 5-6 hours each evening. I took the test the following week at a test center in Nashville and passed,” Sloan said. The certification is an international certification covering both government and commercial cybersecurity.