April 7, 2020

CISSP :: Certified Information Systems Security Professional – Introduction

(Last Updated On: 28th January 2017)

I have set myself a task this year to achieve CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional. CISSP is a globally recognised certification that encompasses a broad range of IT Security topics. It’s vendor-neutral and well regarded in the industry.

To become a CISSP, you must meet the following:

  1. You must have completed a minimum of 5 years cumulative paid full-time work experience in two or more of the 8 domains (which I will list later)
  2. Schedule and pass the CISSP exam, which is a 6 hour exam made up of 250 questions
  3. Complete the Endorsement Process – you need to be endorsed by someone who has already achieved this certification
  4. Finally, you must maintain the certification – there is a renewal cost every 3 years, but you must also continue to earn Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs) throughout each year. Alternatively you can resit the exam ever 3 years, though there is an additional administration cost associated with this on top of the exam cost.

There are 8 domains within the CISSP program, these are:

  1. Security and Risk Management (16%)
  2. Asset Security (10%)
  3. Security Engineering (12%)
  4. Communication and Network Security (12%)
  5. Identity and Access Management (13%)
  6. Security Assessment and Testing (11%)
  7. Security Operations (16%)
  8. Software Development Security (10%)


Over the coming months, I will be breaking each domain down in to several blog posts, providing a foundation on which you (and I) can build knowledge upon; this is not intended to get you exam ready alone, but will hopefully educate you on areas you will need to do more research in.

I look forward to writing these posts and I hope you find them to be of use!





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Jake is a security engineer working in West Yorkshire. He has experience with various firewall vendors including FortiGate, Check Point, Cisco and Palo Alto.

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