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As a requirement for International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 certification, all Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential candidates must subscribe to and fully support the (ISC)2 Code of Ethics. Intentionally or knowingly violating any provision of the (ISC)2 Code of Ethics may subject you to a peer review panel and revocation of your hard-earned CISSP certification.

The (ISC)2 Code of Ethics consists of a preamble and four canons. The canons are listed in order of precedence, thus any conflicts should be resolved in the order presented below:


  • The safety and welfare of society and the common good, duty to our principals, and to each other, requires that we adhere, and be seen to adhere, to the highest ethical standards of behavior.
  • Therefore, strict adherence to this Code is a condition of certification.
  • Protect society, the common good, necessary public trust and confidence, and the infrastructure.
  • Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.
  • Provide diligent and competent service to principals.
  • Advance and protect the profession.

The best approach to complying with the (ISC)2 Code of Professional Ethics is to never partake in any activity that provides even the appearance of an ethics violation. Making questionable moves puts your certification at risk, and it may also convey to others that such activity is acceptable. Remember to lead by example!

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