IMHO, it’s reasonable for experienced professionals to pass the CISSP exam with 150 to 250 study hours. I usually suggest my friends study for 2 hours on weekdays and 4 hours on holidays and sit for the CISSP exam in 3 months. The keys to success are the effectiveness of your study plan, persistence, discipline, and communication with and support of your family and boss.
The CISSP exam, from my point of view, can be divided into two parts: management (Domain 1,2,5,6, and 7) and technology (Domain 3,4, and 8). It’s a body of knowledge, not a collection of discrete knowledge points. It’s comprehensive, and you have to think from a variety of perspectives, such as board director, senior management, CISO, auditor, law school student, procurement staff, engineer, developer, project/program manager, end user, attacker, and so forth. Experience or certifications of PMP, ITIL/ITSM, or CCNA help quite a bit.
To start your CISSP journey, please download The CISSP Exam Outline first. Read and explain it to your friends until you can do that well and feel confident. The CISSP Official Study Guide 8th is a tutorial to help you understand the CISSP exam outline. The Official ISC2 Guide to the CISSP CBK Reference 5th explains the CISSP exam outline in details. It’s crucial to browse the CBK suggested references and read the NIST Special Publications enlisted.
Do all the online practice questions companioned with the Sybex 8th to validate your essential knowledge. After that, do more practice questions, especially those with situations or scenarios that test your ability to apply the knowledge and principles. 2500 questions in total are the minimum.
Join Luke’s Facebook group, CISSP Exam Preparation – Study Notes and Theory. It helps a lot.
Kindly be reminded it’s a general approach for your reference; please adjust the practices based on your own condition. The author is not responsible for the result of your exam.
Books and Videos
- ISC2 Official Materials
- CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Eighth Edition 8th Edition
- Kelly Handerhan@Cybrary
- CISSP Shon Harris
My Favorite CISSP Communities
- CISSP Exam Preparation – Study Notes and Theory
- CISSP, CISM and Security+ certification training by Thor Teaches!
- Benefits of being a CISSP
- Host Unknown presents: I’m a C I Double S P (CISSP Parody)
- Host Unknown presents: Accepted the Risk
- The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch)
- CISSP Study Strategy
- Information Security (definition revised)
- InfoSec 101 (Cheat Sheet)
- Security Function
- Informed Decisions
- The Concept of Business Continuity
- Identity and Access Management
- The Reference Monitor Concept
- Common Criteria: PP, ST, and TOE
- Common Criteria: Evaluation Assurance Level
- Security Activities in SDLC
- The Evolvement of Certification and Accreditation Process
- Software Development Security
- RDBMS Table Relationships
- CISSP Practice Questions
Amicliens InfoSec Conceptual Model for Both the CISSP and CISM
The Strategic Role of CISSP