- The CISSP exam is a multiple-choice, computer-based test that you will take at a Pearson VUE testing center. The current version of the exam was launched in 2018. It's available in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, as well as a special version for the visually impaired. You'll have a total of three hours to take the exam. It contains between 100 and 150 questions that cover all eight domains of information security.
These include Security and Risk Management, Asset Security, Security Engineering, Communication and Network Security, Identity and Access Management, Security Assessment and Testing, Security Operations, and Software Development Security. The questions on the exam come in two formats. The vast majority of the questions are multiple-choice questions, providing you with a question followed by four possible answer choices, one of which is correct.
Your exam may also include what (ISC)2 calls advanced innovative questions. These questions require you to manipulate objects on the screen. I'll cover those more later in this course. To pass the exam, you'll need to achieve a score of at least 700 out of 1,000 possible points.
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The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification is the industry's gold standard, necessary for many mid- and senior-level positions. This course provides an overview of the 2018 certification program. It kicks off the CISSP Cert Prep series, which covers each domain in the exam in greater detail. Here, instructor Mike Chapple briefly reviews the eight main subjects: Security and Risk Management, Asset Security, Security Engineering, Communication and Network Security, Identity and Access Management, Security Assessment and Testing, Security Operations, and Software Development Security. He also reviews the format of the CISSP exam, provides test prep tips and practices tests, and points to additional study resources.
- Who should take the CISSP exam
- Benefits of certification
- Study resources
- CISSP domains
- Question types
- Exam tips
- Practicing for the test