ISC2 Remote Testing: Safety, Growth, Integrity, and Tradeoff

I believe ISC2’s decision of remote testing surprises the community. I respect their final decision, but I hope our concern and voice could be heard.

Capacity or Safety

Human life always takes priority over any other matter. I consider remote testing is implemented because of the limited or insufficient enrollment capacity or safety concerns about test centers. Isn’t it?

If test centers in the pandemic time are not safe, they should be shut down completely. If some of the test centers can be open, that means the safety issue is addressable. So, I believe that remote testing comes in to compensate for the insufficient capacity. However, in the past six months, the number of CISSP grows as many as in the prior 18 months.

The Growth of CISSP in the Past 6 Months

  • The number of CISSP increases by 6,016, from 141,607 to 147,623, in 6 months (1-Jul-20 to 1-Jan-21) during the peak pandemic time.
  • The number of CISSP increases by only 5,179, from 136,428 to 141,607, in 18 months (31-Dec-18 to 1-Jul-20).

People Safety, ISC2 Growth, Exam Integrity, and Tradeoff

We still have some “safe” test centers available, and the number of CISSP keeps growing (by 6,016 CISSPs in recent 6 months) without remote testing even during the pandemic time. Remote testing undoubtedly boosts the growth of ISC2 members, but it comes with a price of the potential loss of the exam integrity and long-term credit of ISC2 credentials.

The “Exams in Test Centers Only” Strategy

Even though more and more certification bodies have implemented remote testing, it’s an opportunity, in my view, for ISC2 to uniquely distinct itself from the competition by insisting on the strategy of “exams in test centers only.” It, in the meantime, maintains the high standard, exam integrity, and its credit.

Do It Differently

I hope ISC2 remains unique and competitive in the certification market, but remote testing would make it an average player. If remote testing is an unchangeable decision, I hope it is the most rigid and different from others.


ISC2遠程測試:安全性,增長,完整性和權衡

我相信ISC2進行遠端考試的決定使社群感到驚訝。我尊重他們的最終決定,但我希望我們的的關注和聲音能被聽到。

考試中心能量與安全性

人的生命始終比其他任何事情都要優先。我相信是由於對考試中心的接受考試報名的能量有限或不足或,以及對其安全感到擔憂,因此才實施了遠端考試。不是嗎?

如果疫情大流行期間的考試中心不安全,則他們應該完全關閉。如果某些測試中心可以開放,則意味著安全問題可以解決。因此,我相信進行遠程測試是為了彌補容量不足。但是,在過去六個月中,CISSP的數量卻增長了前18個月的數量。

過去六個月CISSP的增長

  • 在大流行高峰期間的6個月(2020年7月1日至2021年1月1日)中,CISSP的數量增加了6016位,從141607增加到147623 。
  • 在18個月(2018年1231日至2020年7月1日)中,CISSP的數量僅增加了5,179位,從136,428增加到141,607 。

人身安全、ISC2成長、考試完整性和權衡取捨

在大流行期間我們仍然有一些“安全”的考試中心,即使沒有遠程測試,CISSP的數量仍在不斷增長(最近6個月中增加了6,016位CISSP)。遠程測試無疑會促進ISC2會員的增長,但是這對於考試完整性以及ISC2認證的長期信譽有潛在損失。

“僅限在考試中心考試”的策略

儘管越來越多的認證機構實施了遠程考試,但我認為,這是ISC2堅持“僅限在考試中心考試”的策略,可創造有別於競爭對手的獨特機會。同時,它也能保持高標準,考試完整性及其信譽。

做得與眾不同

我希望ISC2在認證市場上保持獨特性和競爭力,但是遠程測試將使其成為一名普通玩家。如果遠程測試是一個不變的決定,我希望它是最嚴格的並且與其他的遠端考試有所不同。

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