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Certified in CybersecuritySM (CC)

As the true entry point to career excellence, a CC starts newcomers on their path to advanced cybersecurity certifications and future leadership roles.


Why Certified in Cybersecurity?

ISC2 is the world’s largest nonprofit cybersecurity membership association, known for creating the industry’s gold standard credential, the CISSP, and other top cybersecurity certifications — all requiring work experience. What makes Certified in CybersecuritySM (CC) so unique is that it requires no experience or formal education — only basic knowledge of information technology (IT) is recommended. In that sense, it opens opportunities in cybersecurity to a much broader pool of candidates, including recent graduates, career changers and IT professionals. As the true entry point to career excellence, Certified in Cybersecurity starts newcomers on their path to advanced cybersecurity certifications and future leadership roles. For organisations, it helps develop new talent for their teams to build a stronger line of defence. It gives them the assurance that newly certified team members understand fundamental security principles and operations, network security and access controls and that they have the skills to meet and exceed performance standards in their beginning roles.

Who It’s For

  • Students
  • Recent Graduates
  • Young Professionals

  • IT Professionals
  • Career Changers

Entry-level / Junior Staffers

Required Experience

There are no specific prerequisites to take the exam. It is recommended that candidates have basic information technology (IT) knowledge. No work experience in cybersecurity or formal education diploma/degree is required.

Exam Domains

  • Security Principles
  • Business Continuity (BC), Disaster Recovery (DR) & Incident Response Concepts
  • Access Controls Concepts
  • Network Security
  • Security Operations

For further details, go to the Exam Outline.

Exam Details

Exam Availability: English | Testing Centre: Pearson VUE

2 hr

Exam Length


Number of
Exam Items

Multiple Choice

Item Format


Passing Score


“This course may be undertaken as a self paced program, which can be completed at your own pace, in your own time.”

There’s Never Been a Greater Urgency for Cybersecurity Professionals

The global workforce needs a massive influx of 2.7 million cybersecurity professionals to meet demand.


Steps to Certification


Take and Pass the Exam

Find a local Pearson VUE Test Center and register for the exam at pearsonvue.com/isc2. Passing score is 700/1000


Complete Application

After you pass the exam you must complete the ISC2 application, commit to fully support ISC2 Code of Ethics Canons and agree to the ISC2 Privacy Policy.

Maintain Membership

Certification makes you a member of ISC2. Recertification is required every three years by earning 45 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits and paying an Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) of $50 USD. First AMF is due at time of certification.

Benefits of Certified in Cybersecurity

For the Individual

Validates knowledge and willingness to learn. It's a way to be considered for an entry or junior level cybersecurity position.

Helps individuals demonstrate foundational cybersecurity knowledge employers are looking for, from an association they trust.

Access to professional development opportunities and courses available to (ISC)2 members.

Builds a strong foundation for a cybersecurity career.

Enables access to a network of peers.

(ISC)2 members report 35% higher annual salary than non-members.

For the Organisation

Signals a candidate's foundational understanding of key cybersecurity concepts, and their willingness and ability to learn more and grow on the job.

Investing and developing entry and junior talent will help build long-term resiliency.

Ensure professionals speak the same language across disciplines and have cross-departmental perspectives.

Increase organisational integrity in the eyes of clients and other stakeholders.