How to Find Your (ISC2)2 CISSP Sponsor

It is not as easy as passing an exam to earn your CISSP. It is not an easy process. The CISSP distinguishes its holder from others.
Test takers must have work experience and be endorsed by a sponsor to earn the certification. Here’s a guideline on how to find a sponsor and why you would need one.
Why do you need a sponsor for CISSP
There are a few reasons why this is so. The CISSP is a qualification administered through a membership organization, the (ISC). They want to attract new members to help them grow and expand their mission, just like any professional organization.
Think of the many professions that require certifications and memberships that are not technology-related, such as realtors, dentists and tradespeople. These professionals can become members to stay informed about new techniques and news, which allows them to be more competent as the times change and their industries change. Security professionals can also become CISSP members.
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Start trainingMemberships can be one thing. But why does the CISSP require that its candidates have a sponsor to help them? Endorsement tells you (ISC2)2 that your skills have been validated by other qualified CISSP candidates. This is why the CISSP certification is so trusted.
How do you find a sponsor?
It’s ideal to have one at work — someone who is best qualified to endorse your skills and experience. If you are the only person within your organization who is trying to earn the CISSP certificate, you might need to reach out to their network or yours.
If you still have difficulty finding someone to endorse you, you might consider the online community. Don’t lose heart. There are many (ISC)2 resources available that can help you connect with the right people.
No Sponsor? No problem. But be prepared to be audited.
Sometimes, candidates may not be able to secure sponsorship from anyone. In these cases, (ISC.2) will endorse you, but be prepared to be audited. Although it sounds daunting, here are some guidelines to help you get through the process.
Compile your previous job descriptions. The (ISC2)2 will review your work history and may request job descriptions. These will be used to compare your resume and job titles. This allows them to make a more accurate assessment.
The one-page resume is dead. Your resume should be concise and direct when you are job hunting. However, the (ISC2)2 auditors will be more thorough. Do not forget to mention any important job roles or responsibilities you have held in your previous job positions. It all helps them make their final decision.
You should compile a detailed list of security-related tasks that you have done at your previous jobs. You want to emphasize the security aspects of your job. It’s okay to mention the tasks and functions you perform every day, but always tie them back to your cybersecurity knowledge and experience.
Keep a copy of your certificate or degree handy. If you want to be endorsed, it is important to keep all important paperwork safe. Keep your original documents, including your SPOTO certificates and completion certificates, safe and secure.
Contact previous employers. It will speed up the process if you make a courtesy call or email to your former employer. Let them know that (ISC)2 might be calling you regarding your work experience. Calling ahead of time can help you jog your ex boss’ memory if it’s been awhile. It’s not that you have anything to hide. However, it’s better to be on the same page in case an auditor calls unexpectedly.
Get in touch with your former co-workers. You are about to receive your CISSP! Tell your coworkers and share the good news with them.