By earning the CSIH certification, you have received one of the most prestigious designations offered to computer security incident management professionals. The achievement represents having both the current skills and commitment to a life-long learning process. This CERT-branded certification will enable you to be recognized internationally as a security professional having skills and abilities that are in demand in the computer security arena.
Renewal of your certification ensures that individuals holding the CSIH certification demonstrate ongoing commitment to professional growth and development and to staying current with changing technology.
Your CSIH certification is valid for a period of three (3) years from the award date. In order to remain current with changing technology, you must be actively engaged in the practice of computer security incident handling, engage in professional growth activities, and expand your skills.
Renewal program requirements
The SEI requirement for obtaining PDUs after the certification is awarded assures us that certified individuals show continued commitment to the demonstration of their technical skills and abilities, as well as continued awareness of emerging technologies and processes associated with incident handling activities. CERT-certified CSIH professionals are encouraged to also select activities that will expand or complement their knowledge and skills.
A PDU is a measuring unit used to quantify learning and development activities. One (1) PDU can be earned for every one (1) hour spent in a planned structured experience or activity within the limits set by the SEI (see below). The SEI Certification Program Manager does not pre-approve PDUs. It is the responsibility of the CSIH professional to ensure activities meet renewal criteria. To maintain a balance in renewal activities, some activities have a maximum number of credits that can be allotted towards the renewal criteria.
Activities that qualify for PDU credit are divided into four categories. These categories are
Each CSIH will be responsible for maintaining their CSIH Renewal Activity Log. This log should list PDU activities in support of the certification renewal process. It is important that the log contain specific data to accurately identify the submitted activity. Refer to the sample Renewal Activity Log for an example of renewal activities recorded over a complete renewal cycle. The log, supporting documentation, and renewal fee should be submitted to the SEI Certification Program Manager, postmarked 30 days prior to the end of the renewal cycle. The SEI may request additional clarification of data to check the log and listed activities.
Upon review of the submitted Renewal Activity Log, if the SEI Certification Program Manager does not agree that the renewal criteria has been met, the CSIH professional will be contacted to discuss any discrepancies or adjustments in the number of earned PDUs and/or deletion of entries that do not meet the renewal criteria. If a Renewal Activity Log is rejected, the CSIH professional will be notified and will have 60 days to provide additional supporting documentation, to obtain additional PDUs, or to correct any discrepancies in their Renewal Activity Log.
The SEI Certification Program Manager will audit 5% of submitted logs each year. This will ensure the quality of activities submitted continue to meet certification program requirements. If a CSIH professional is selected for an audit, they will be notified by letter and may be asked to supply additional information or supporting documentation as it relates to their individual Renewal Activity Log.
Each year the SEI will survey the Certified professional community to continuously measure the community's incident handling competency, skills, and tasks performed while on the job. Completion of this survey qualifies as renewal credit for 1 PDU hour per survey under the professional activity category.
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