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Latest DDLS certification equips IT professionals with in-demand security skills

DDLS has introduced the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) certification from (ISC), a significant addition to its cybersecurity portfolio.

The CSSLP certification aims to equip IT professionals with the skills they need to better incorporate security practices into each phase of the software development lifecycle (SDLC), the company states.

The course is designed for software development and security professionals responsible for applying best practices to each phase of the SDLC – from software design and implementation to testing and deployment.

The certification will be run as a five-day instructor-led course, offered by DDLS from February 2021.

The exam evaluates expertise across a number of security domains which covers:

  • Secure Software Concepts
  • Secure Software Requirements
  • Secure Software Architecture and Design
  • Secure Software Implementation
  • Secure Software Testing
  • Secure Software Lifecycle Management
  • Secure Software Deployment
  • Operations
  • Maintenance
  • Secure Software Supply Chain

Successfully completing the certification provides validation that a practitioner has the advanced technical skills and knowledge required for authentication, authorisation and auditing throughout the software development lifecycle, DDLS states.

DDLS CEO Jon Lang says, “We are really excited to build on our partnership with ISC2 and offer such an in-demand course.

"In the age of digital transformation, organisations are building and deploying more software solutions than ever before, so the demand for certified professionals who can securely and effectively roll out the software development lifecycle is rapidly increasing.”

This certification offers the opportunity for professionals to not only upskill but by extension increase their standing within an organistaion and their salary, the company states.

Lang says, “Research has shown that getting certified in such an in-demand area like security can make a significant difference to a professional’s salary.

"With the CSSLP certification, professionals can stand out in a crowded job market - or make a better case for a raise or promotion. We are pleased to be introducing this course and increasing accessibility to quality training for Australian IT professionals.”

According to the 2019 IT Skills and Salary report, the salaries of certified professionals surpass the salaries of non-certified staff in all regions, with Asia-Pacific reporting one of the largest gaps at (11%).

Payscale reports the average salary of professionals with the CSSLP certification to be US$103,218 (or AU$144,070) as of November 2020.

Once an individual earns their CSSLP certification, they become an (ISC) member and part of a professional global community of more than 140,000 certified cybersecurity professionals.

They also gain access to a full suite of benefits and resources for continuing education and professional development, ensuring their expertise remains relevant throughout their career, DDLS states.