ISACA revamps CSX practitioner certification

To reflect the wide-ranging demands on today´s cybersecurity practitioner, ISACA announces 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, the company said.

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.

The CSXP certification was introduced in 2015 as the first vendor-neutral, performance-based certification for professionals and 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 CSXP 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.

The new exam is in beta launch through April and is available for USD 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.

Nearing its 50th year, ISACA® (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today´s world is powered by technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its half-million engaged professionals in information and cybersecurity, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 215 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China.