CISSP Starter Page

Contents

  1. The Strategic Role of CISSP
  2. CISSP Domains of Knowledge
  3. Amicliens InfoSec Conceptual Model
  4. CISSP Exam Preparation Strategy
  5. CISSP Exam Preparation Materials
  6. The Effective CISSP Series
  7. CISSP Starter Resources Kit
  8. CISSP Practice Question Offerings
  9. CISSP Communities
  10. Other CISSP Resources

*** The CISSP Test-Driven Study Strategy

*** CISSP Domain Refresh, effective on May 1, 2021.


1. The Strategic Role of CISSP

InfoSec Expertise Blueprint V1.2

2. CISSP Domains of Knowledge

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CISSP is one of the most challenging exams ever because of its comprehensive perspectives and requirements of solid conceptual level understanding and in-depth insights into managerial and technical issues.

  • Think Like a Manager!
    It’s comprehensive, and you have to think from a variety of perspectives, such as board director, senior management, CISO, auditor, legal counsel, purchasing and HR staff, engineer, developer, project and program manager, end-user, attacker, and so forth. Experience or certifications of PMP, ITIL/ITSM, or CCNA help quite a bit.
  • But You Need to Know Technologies!
    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.

3. Amicliens InfoSec Conceptual Model

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4. CISSP Exam Preparation Strategy

Wuson’s CISSP Exam Prep Strategy

The critical success factors of CISSP are the effectiveness of your study plan, persistence, discipline, and communication with and support from your family and boss.

Exam Preparation Tips

5. CISSP Exam Preparation Materials

6. The Effective CISSP Series

My book, The Effective CISSP: Security and Risk Management, helps CISSP aspirants build a solid conceptual security model. It is not only a tutorial for information security but also a study guide for the CISSP exam and an informative reference for security professionals. Please visit Wentz’s Publications for details.

*** The CISSP Test-Driven Study Strategy

7. CISSP Starter Resource Kit

Study Guides

  1. The Effective CISSP: Security and Risk Management (Starter/Orientation)
  2. (ISC)2 CISSP Official Study Guide, 8th Edition (OSG) (Primary Source)

The following are optional materials:

Videos

  1. (ISC)² Certification Webcasts
  2. Kelly Handerhan@Cybrary
  3. CISSP Shon Harris
  4. CISSP Domain 2 Review by Destination Certification

Notes

  1. Sunflower CISSP™ 2019 PDF Document by Frankrijker, Reina & Warnock
  2. CISSP Process Guide V.21, 2020 by Fadi Sodah (aka Madunix)
  3. Memory Palace CISSP Notes by Prashant Mohand
  4. Lance’s CISSP Notes

8. CISSP Practice Question Offerings

Kindle Books and Paperback

I suggest doing practice questions in the following order:

  1. CISSP Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests
  2. How To Think Like A Manager for the CISSP Exam (Kindle)
  3. The Effective CISSP: Practice Questions (CISSP Sudoku 365)

QOTD (Question Of The Day)

  1. Wentz’s CISSP Practice Questions (QOTD)
  2. QOTD by Adam Gordon
  3. QOTD by Colin Weaver, ITDojo

Test Engine

  1. ThorTeaches
  2. Luke’s Study Notes and Theory (SNT)
  3. Boson
  4. CCCure

9. CISSP Communities

The Effective CISSP Groups

  1. The Effective CISSP Group Rules
  2. The Effective CISSP Group on Facebook
  3. The Effective CISSP Group on Telegram
  4. The Effective CISSP Channel on YouTube

Facebook Groups

  1. The Effective CISSP
  2. CISSP Exam Preparation – Study Notes and Theory
  3. CISSP, CISM and PMP certification training by Thor Teaches!
  4. Information Audit

Chat Rooms

  1. CISSP, CISM, and PMP Study Group by Thor Teaches
  2. Certification Station on Discord

Forums

  1. r/cissp on reddit

10. Other CISSP Resources

  1. NIST Glossary
  2. Wentz’s Glossary
  3. Rainbow Series
  4. ISC2 CISSP Glossary – Student Guide
  5. SNT Study Resources
  6. Thor Teaches Study resources