Omar Todd is a cyber security expert with several certifications and over twenty years of experience in the information technology field. Todd looked to set himself apart by expanding his talent and coupling his passion for IT with the certifications needed to prove to companies he would be an asset to their organization. In order to become a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP), one must have a minimum of five years of experience working experience in a full-time, paid position in at least two of the 8 areas of the ISC approved list of fields. Candidates may petition to waiver one year of experience if they have obtained a four year college degree. Those who lack the experience have the option of sitting for the CISSP exam and gaining Associate status. This allows the CISSP candidate six years to obtain the required experience in order to officially become a Certified Information Security Systems Professional.
Once the experience has been obtained and the CISSP exam passed, candidates must complete the endorsement process and go about maintaining their CISSP status throughout their careers. This requires candidates to stay current in information technology through a recertification process that is required every three years. Continuing education credits are required each year to maintain certification as well as paying an annual maintenance fee, and abiding by the code of ethics.
Professionals like Omar Todd are essential to the field of cyber security and information technology. Having a passion for the industry and the talent to provide unique skills and innovation help to advance the field of technology as well as provide a standard by which students entering the field can hope to emulate.