Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

With today's complex and diverse enterprise networks, maintaining security is one of the greatest challenges organisations face. It is difficult to properly configure systems and networks for maximum security. Any weakness in the defence is enough to render the organisation vulnerable. The skill set required of the security team is very wide. In an effort to define the knowledgebase required for enterprise security (ISC)2 have defined the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK), which consists of eight test domains. Updated in 2015 The Certified Information Systems Security Professional CISSP« exam is built from a pool of multiple-choice questions drawn from the CBK.

Many people working in security have a wealth of experience.  The CISSP« accreditation provides them with a means to underline their experience with an internationally recognised qualification.

Will CISSP« give you a competitive edge in the job market?

At this time CISSP« is now internationally recognised ISO standard. Security job adverts are listing CISSP« as a requirement as it provides recruiters with a means to identify qualified people.

How can you achieve CISSP« certification?

For CISSP ISC2 requires that candidates have work experience (4 years with degree or 5 years without degree) in two, or more of the ten test domains of the information systems [IS] security Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Note that candidates for CISSP without the required work experience can still sit the exam and become an associate CISSP. 

The CISSP« exam

The CISSP« examination lasts six hours and consists of 250 multiple-choice questions covering the ten domains of the CBK. The exam is an arduous experience - you have just over a minute per question with very little time to spare so you must have the subject matter at you fingertips.

How to prepare for the exam

Having met the entrance requirements you then have to decide how you will approach the exam. Many people attempt to pass the exam through self-study. Most of the people who fail come from this group. You could be highly competent and widely experienced and still fail the exam in non-technical areas. The most common failure areas are in the domains of Cryptography, Law, Investigation & Ethics and Physical Security.

Attending a CISSP« certification course is another method of gaining the knowledge to pass the exam. The discipline of sitting down for five days and immersing yourself in the subject, being taught by an experienced instructor who has already passed the exam and interaction with other students, are all factors that greatly enhance your chances of passing.

IT Security Training's CISSP« Certification Course

At IT Security Training we've spent a lot of time making sure that our CISSP« course closely fits to the knowledge you need to pass the exam. We use interaction, quizzes, workshops and challenges to make the course experience interesting and engaging while assessing and encouraging those attending. Based on our observations we advise candidates on where their weaknesses are and how they should approach the exam. We offer post course support until they pass.

Our Pass rate is approximately 95% on first attempt

CISSP« is a registered certification mark and (ISC)2 a service mark of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc.