CISM: Domain 1 - Module 2

9m 5s

In this lesson, we start off by looking at constraints that may prevent us from reaching our security objectives before moving on to how to form an action plan. This involves carrying out a gap analysis to see where you are and where you want to be (with regards to information security, of lesson) and then putting a plan into place to close the gap.

We then need to implement ways to measure progress towards closing the gap and we will look at that in the metrics and monitoring lecture. Finally, we look at the six strategic outcomes which help us to define what success looks like.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the potential constraints that may impede our security measures
  • Learn how to create an action plan to reach our security goals
  • Learn how to measure progress through metrics and monitoring
  • Understand how we define success

Intended Audience

This lesson is intended for anyone preparing for the Certified Information Security Management exam or anyone who is simply interested in improving their knowledge of information security governance.


Before taking this lesson, we recommend taking the CISM Foundations course first.

About the Author
Learning paths

Mr. Leo has been in Information System for 38 years, and an Information Security professional for over 36 years.  He has worked internationally as a Systems Analyst/Engineer, and as a Security and Privacy Consultant.  His past employers include IBM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Rockwell International.  A NASA contractor for 22 years, from 1998 to 2002 he was Director of Security Engineering and Chief Security Architect for Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.  From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Leo was the Director of Information Systems, and Chief Information Security Officer for the Managed Care Division of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.


Upon attaining his CISSP license in 1997, Mr. Leo joined ISC2 (a professional role) as Chairman of the Curriculum Development Committee, and served in this role until 2004.   During this time, he formulated and directed the effort that produced what became and remains the standard curriculum used to train CISSP candidates worldwide.  He has maintained his professional standards as a professional educator and has since trained and certified nearly 8500 CISSP candidates since 1998, and nearly 2500 in HIPAA compliance certification since 2004.  Mr. leo is an ISC2 Certified Instructor.

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