Project Management Professional (PMP)

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Although the Project Management Institute’s ( Project Management Professional (PMP) certification has nothing to do with information security per se, so much security-related work can benefit from project management skills and savvy. I want to jump away from my usual focus for this issue’s certification coverage. With over 50,000 PMPs already certified worldwide, and strong demand for this expertise in many technical walks of professional life—including information security—I felt I’d be remiss if I didn’t provide some information about this interesting and potentially valuable credential.


The PMI has strong roots in the academic community, which explains why so much of the training for PMP is available at so many colleges and universities. Essentially, the PMP seeks to identify individuals who understand the nuances and mechanics of project management, including planning and scheduling, communications and people skills, time and resources management, reporting and documentation needs, and all the other elements that go into creating and running successful projects of all kinds.




Prospective candidates must complete a rigorous application process, then register for and take a demanding exam to qualify for this credential. A minimum of 4,500 hours of project management experience is required, along with documentation of related work experience, project deliverables, along with at least 35 contact hours of project management education. The PMP exam is offered through Prometric Testing, and requires candidates to provide an eligibility code from the PMP to register; exam fees vary from $405 to $555 for first-time takers, and from $275 to $375 for re-takes.


Although it’s not strictly within the information security field, information security professionals who have to work regularly with others—particularly those responsible for designing, implementing, or managing information security projects—will find this credential useful and informative. For more information, please visit

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