Preparation for the (ISC)² CISSP Certification (Preview)

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Learning Path Overview

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is one of the most globally recognized certifications in the information security profession. 

The first version of the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) was finalized in 1992 and the CISSP credential was launched two years later. The initial groups that joined together to form the consortium included the Canadian Information Processing Society, The Computer Security Institute, The Data Processing Management Association and two of its special interest groups. Idaho State University, The Information Systems Security Association and the International Federation for Information Processing. Well, it's been a long time since 1992, 1994 timeframe and with more than 116,000 certified professionals worldwide, it has earned its place among these credentials through quality of work performed by his distinguished holders and based on the work of the founders. 

Intended Audience

This Learning Path is suitable for anyone wanting to become certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Prerequisites of the Certifications

The CISSP continues to be the most in-demand information security professional certification currently available. So as you would expect, there are some qualifications that have to be met for any holder. Before you take the exam, each candidate should look at their own background. Their working history to be eligible for the CISSP should include:

  • Five years full time paid work experience
  • Four years experience with a recent college degree or four years experience with an approved security certification. Some examples include the CAP also from (ISC)², the CISM or the CISA, both from ISACA, Security+, CCNA Security, the MCSA or MCSE and the GIAC or any of its certifications from the SANS Institute 
  • If you haven't met quite the level of those qualifications, taking the exam and being successful will make you an associate of (ISC)²  

Learning Objectives

A CISSP Professional will be required to demonstrate proficiency and sound security knowledge across 8 different domains that construct the CISSP curriculum. These domains are set out as follows:

  1. Security and risk management
  2. Asset security
  3. Security architecture and engineering
  4. Communication and network security
  5. Identity and access management
  6. Security assessment and testing
  7. Security operations 
  8. Software development security


This learning path on its release 'Preview' contains the CISSP learning Path introduction and content for Domain 1. Over the next few weeks, content for the remaining domains will be added to ensure you are ready and prepared to tackle this much sought after security certification. 

CISSP Introduction

We begin with an introduction to the certification and what you can expect from the content contained within this learning path. This introduction allows you to gain further insight into:

  • The history of the certification
  • The prerequisites required for obtaining the CISSP certification
  • The 8 different domains which construct the certification
  • The exam format
  • How to register for the exam
  • How to become involved within the community once you have obtained your CISSP certification

DOMAIN 1 - Security and Risk Management

Module 1:

  • An understanding of what confidentiality, integrity, and availability is and how it applies to information security and how to apply those concepts in the real world
  • How to apply security governance principles
  • An understanding of compliance, and how it plays a huge role within security and risk management
  • How legal and regulatory issues that pertain to cybersecurity within a global context

Module 2:

  • Understanding professional ethics 
  • How to develop and implement documented security policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines and the differences between them 
  • Understand the fundamentals of business continuity requirements How to contribute to personnel security policies 
  • Understanding personnel security policies

Module 3:

  • An introduction to risk, including qualitative and quantitative risk assessments
  • How to identify threats and vulnerabilities
  • The risk assessment analysis process, including risk assignment or acceptance
  • The different security and audit frameworks and methodologies, and how to implement the program elements
  • Risk frameworks

Module 4:

  • Threat modeling and how to apply these modes within your environment
  • How to integrate security risk considerations into acquisitions strategy and practice
  • How to establish and manage security education, training, and awareness within your organization

DOMAIN 2 - Asset security

Module 1:

  • Classifying Information and Supporting Assets
  • Determine and Maintain Ownership
  • Protect Privacy

Module 2:

  • Ensure Appropriate Retention
  • Determine Data Security Controls
  • Establish Handling Requirements

The following Domains are currently in development and will be released over the coming weeks

DOMAIN 3 - Security architecture and engineering

DOMAIN 4 - Communication and network security

DOMAIN 5 - Identity and access management

DOMAIN 6 - Security assessment and testing

DOMAIN 7 - Security operations 

DOMAIN 8 - Software development security


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Your certificate for this learning path

Learning Path Steps

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Mr. leo is an ISC2 Certified Instructor who has been an Information Security professional for over 36 years. Learn more about your course instructor and his di

7 exam-filled

CISSP Domain 1 - Security and Risk Assessment

10 exam-filled

CISSP Domain 2 - Asset Security

17 exam-filled

CISSP Domain 3 - Security Architecture and Engineering

21 exam-filled

CISSP Domain 4 - Communication and Network Security

About the Author

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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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