Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Free CISSP Training and Study Guide Collections


The CISSP certification is a long, tough exam. The test can last up to an exhausting three hours with 100-150 questions in English (6 hours with 250 questions in other languages). To be successful, you need to have a thorough understanding of the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) topics.
The best way to prepare for CISSP success is to use all the materials I updated here, including guides, books, training videos, and cheat sheets, etc.

I will keep updating these materials available to guide you on your path to the CISSP. Most materials are free except the books.

Good luck on your journey to CISSP certification!

  • Overview/Guide

The CISSP exam covers eight CBK domains. The CBK domains are designed to validate your managerial and technical knowledge and expertise, as well as your ability to engineer, design, and manage security solutions for an organization.

To be eligible to take the exam, candidates must demonstrate that they have a minimum of five years of real-world work experience in at least two of the eight domains.

On April 15, 2018, (ISC)2 updated the CISSP CBK domains and rolled out a new exam. The current domains are:
  1. Security and Risk Management (15%)
  2. Asset Security (10%)
  3. Security Architecture and Engineering (13%)
  4. Communication and Network Security (14%)
  5. Identity and Access Management (IAM) (13%)
  6. Security Assessment and Testing (12%)
  7. Security Operations (13%)
  8. Software Development Security (10%)
Please check out the '(ISC)2 CISSP Domain Refresh FAQ,' which includes New CISSP Domain Name and The Domain Weightings (Percentage).



The Ultimate Guide to the CISSP is a must-have resource if you are planning to sit for the exam – and it was developed by (ISC)², the creator of the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).

The CISSP exam uses Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) for all English exams. CISSP exams in all other languages are administered as linear, fixed-form exams. You can learn more about CISSP CAT at www.isc2.org/certifications/CISSP-CAT.

  • Books


CISSP (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional Official Study Guide, 8th Edition has been completely updated for the latest 2018 CISSP Body of Knowledge. This bestselling Sybex study guide covers 100% of all exam objectives. You'll prepare for the exam smarter and faster with Sybex thanks to expert content, real-world examples, advice on passing each section of the exam, access to the Sybex online interactive learning environment, and much more. Reinforce what you've learned with key topic exam essentials and chapter review questions.


The (ISC)2 CISSP Official Practice Tests is a major resource for CISSP candidates, providing 1300 unique practice questions. The first part of the book provides 100 questions per domain. You also have access to four unique 125-question practice exams to help you master the material. As the only official practice tests endorsed by (ISC)2, this book gives you the advantage of full and complete preparation. These practice tests align with the 2018 version of the exam to ensure up-to-date preparation, and are designed to cover what you'll see on exam day.

  • Training Videos

Cybrary offers free CISSP training courses that let you tackle CISSP modules.
Instructed by Kelly Handerhan. (TIME: 15 hours 15 minutes, DIFFICULTY: Intermediate)

Watch all IT Dojo CISSP Questions on YouTube. (104 videos)

CISSP YouTube videos by Skillset.

  • Study Notes / Cheat Sheets

Study Notes and Theory

CISSP Study Guide, by Netwrix (PDF, 93 pages)
This eBook provides a great overview of all topics you must be familiar with to pass the exam.

The Memory Palace - A Quick Refresher For Your CISSP Exam, by Prashant Mohan (PDF, 127 pages)

CISSP Process Guide v.20_2018, by madunix (PDF, 110 pages)


This Sunflower PDF is a good cheat sheet for a quick refresh before the exam.


CISSP 16-week Study Guide, Resources, and Links to Source Documents (Reddit)


  • Flash Cards



This learning tool tests your skill on the most common industry terms represented within the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) of the CISSP.
Using electronic flashcards as a learning tool provides:
A unique interactive way that tests your knowledge of industry terms; and the cards can be accessed via your smart phone. (See below for instructions.)
- Immediate feedback about whether or not your answer is correct.
- The ability to flag individual cards to study separately.
- Cards segmented by CISSP Domain making learning easier.

To access this study material via your smart phone, download the free Quizlet app for iOS and Android. Then search for “Official (ISC)2 CISSP”. The material is available in 8 sets – one for each CISSP domain.

  • Exam Review Collections




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