Why is getting certified an important part of a career as an information security manager?
Earning a high-level certification like the CISM demonstrates a working knowledge not just of the security systems practitioner’s use, but management of security professionals as well. Hard data also shows that Certified Information Security Managers earn a higher salary than their non-certified counterparts.
What’s the job outlook for CISM professionals?
CISM holders are highly sought-after in the information security industry, and are more likely to land senior roles that require greater responsibility. Common job titles include: Information System Security Officer, Information Security Manager, Information/Privacy Risk Consultant, and many others. Click here for more information about the job outlook for CISM professionals.
What is the average CISM salary?
While salary depends on a number of factors — including job title, location, and relevant work experience — CISM holder salaries range from $52,402 to $243,610. Entry-level positions trend towards the lower end of the spectrum while senior level candidates can expect significantly higher salaries. Click here for more detailed CISM salary information.
What does this CISM training course provide that other offerings do not?
Infosec’s CISM boot camp has the highest pass rate in the industry — 94%! Our award-winning training utilizes a five-day model of rigorous coursework with a knowledgeable instructor, so that you can rest assured you’re receiving the best training in the industry. And with our Exam Pass Guarantee, you can focus all your attention on the learning process instead of stressing out about pass rates!
What are the pre-requirements for taking the CISM?
In order to receive the CISM certification, you must submit verified evidence of a minimum of five years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work. This work experience must be gained within a ten-year time period before the application date for certification — or within five years of originally passing the exam. Click here for more information about the pre-requirements of the CISM.
What qualifies as information security management experience?
The information security management field is broad and, out of necessity, often encompasses many duties within the security profession. Due to this, ISACA has defined four categories within their Job Task Analysis in order to narrow down their definition of what constitutes as information security management work. CISM candidates must perform the designated tasks within at least 3 of these 4 categories. Click here to see ISACA’s breakdown of their Job Task Analysis domains.
How does the CISM examination process work?
As of 2017, the CISM is administered digitally. The format is multiple choice, with questions delivered one-at-a-time, giving you the option to flag more difficult ones to return to later. While it is multiple choice, some questions may have more than one correct answer. In these instances, the test-taker must select the answer that they believe is most correct. The exam lasts around 4 hours, and includes 150 questions.
Is the online CISM boot camp as effective and informative as an in-person training session?
The short answer: Yes! Participants of the live online Flex Pro boot camp also get an Exam Pass Guarantee and other training features in addition to a live instructor.
How is the CISM related to the DoD 8570?
The Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570 requires anyone seeking a government job to hold certain certifications before they can be hired in a position related to information security. The CISM fulfills the DoD 8570’s requirements.
What material is covered on the CISM exam?
The CISM exam covers four domains that are weighted as follows: Information Security Governance (24%), Information Risk Management and Compliance (30%), Information Security Program Development and Management (27%), and Information Security Incident Management (19%). Click here for a detailed breakdown of what each domain covers.
How is the CISM certification different from other comparable security certifications?
The CISM is unique in its focus on management and meeting experience requirements. While other certifications are focused on tech skills or platform/product-specific knowledge, the CISM targets professionals who have progressed beyond the role of practitioner.
How does the CISM experience waiver work?
Certain experience substitutions can be used to satisfy the information security work experience requirement. However, none of these waivers satisfy any portion of the 3-year information security management requirement. For a detailed breakdown of what fulfills the experience substitution criteria, click here.
How long is the CISM certification valid after you pass the test, and what are the renewal requirements?
The CISM certification remains valid if holders comply with the continuing education policy of completing and reporting 20 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) hours annually and paying the CISM maintenance fee. Click here for more information on maintaining your CISM.
Is an exam voucher included with the purchase of this course?
Yes, an exam voucher is included.
What are some tips for preparing for the CISM?
Enrolling in an exam prep course like Infosec’s is a fantastic step towards earning your CISM. And with our exam pass rate of 94%, no one in the industry can compare! Other things you can do to get ready for the exam include making use of ISACA’s official prep guide, taking practice exams online, and figuring out which methods of self-study work best for you. Click here to read more tips for CISM exam success.