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Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) (Glossary Definition)

Posted by SP Home Run Inc. Marketing Team

Apr 12, 2013 8:34:00 PM

Certified Authorization Professional CAP DefinitionThe Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) certification is specifically designed for those who are responsible for putting together security requirements and documentation, including those working in process-driven roles such as IS security officers or senior system managers. The exam costs $419 and lasts about three hours.

CAP Exam

To gain this certification, it’s not enough to just pass the Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) exam. You must also have one to two years’ experience in general IT and an additional one to two years’ experience in database, networking, or systems development work. Most people who apply have been working in IT security, information assurance, information risk management, or general systems administration.


Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) candidates should also have a strong working knowledge of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) documentation, and, ideally, work experience within the government, the financial industry, the healthcare industry, or an IT auditing firm.


The Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) exam requires that you understand the security authorization of information systems and the categorization of these systems, know how to establish security control baselines, and apply, monitor, and assess security controls.


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