The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., generally referred to as (ISC)²®,is now offering CAP® certification. CAP® (Certified Authorization Professional) is a credential that is often highly sought after by levels of government, as well as private sector employers and contractors. The certification is designed to give new skills and tools to authorization officials, information owners, system owners, information system security officers and certifiers, senior system managers and other professionals. According to (ISC)²®, the Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®) credential is an objective measure of the knowledge, skills and abilities required for personnel involved in the process of certifying and accrediting security of information systems. Specifically, this credential applies to those responsible for formalizing processes used to assess risk and establish security requirements. Their decisions ensure that information systems possess security commensurate with the level of exposure to potential risk, as well as damage to assets or individuals.”

If you work for the federal government, or aspire to, you may be subject to the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). This requires all federal systems to be certified and accredited prior to operation, and at least every three years thereafter. CAP® certification satisfies FISMA requirements, making it an important credential to pursue. It is also typically in demand by local, county and state government bodies. Adding this certificate to your resume can help increase your responsibility, recognition and advancement opportunities.

Before obtaining CAP certification , seek out a robust training program that will help you prepare for this credential. Villanova University offers the 100% online Advanced Information Assurance and Security – Government, as part of the three-course Master Certificate in Information Security Management – Government. These programs support CAP® certification by getting students ready to pass the exam. Programs use streaming video technology to allow students to view lectures anytime, 24/7. Interactive tools like two-way voice over IP (VoIP), shared whiteboards, message boards, chat rooms and email help keep students connected to their classmates and instructors throughout the program.

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