Registration is now open for the (ISC)² entry-level cybersecurity certification exam pilot program. 

As a foundational certification, the program aims to help close the cybersecurity workforce gap by assuring employers that new entrants to the field have the needed skills and knowledge to contribute to an organization’s cybersecurity team in an entry- or junior-level capacity.

“The (ISC)² entry-level cybersecurity certification creates a clear pathway to a rewarding career in cybersecurity for many around the world in an effort to recruit more professionals into the workforce,” said Dr. Casey Marks, chief qualifications officer, (ISC)². “Traditionally, IT is the most common pathway to cybersecurity, but that paradigm is shifting as 47% of individuals joining the profession now come from outside IT. With this certification, we hope to break down barriers to entry, enabling students and career changers to build confidence and obtain their first cybersecurity role faster.”

The exam evaluates candidates across five domains — security principles, business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR) and incident response concepts, access controls concepts, network security and security operations. An exam outline is available for more details on each domain’s content. 

Additionally, the new entry-level qualification will provide more clarity for candidates who aspire to obtain the CISSP credential. Those who successfully earn the certification gain access to the full suite of (ISC)2 benefits and learning opportunities that support continued growth along a career pathway. 

Learn more about the new certification pilot program at