Learning Path

(ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) (2021 Update)

This path prepares you to take the CISSP exam and covers all of the relevant topics, including the Common Body of Knowledge.

What you will learn

With this path, you’ll prepare to take the CISSP exam. You’ll review core relevant topics, including security and risk management, asset security, identity and access management, security operations, software development security and more. We conclude with helpful test-taking tips to prepare you for exam day.

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CISSP Exam Preparation

Course — 00:03:16

Review the Common Body of Knowledge, the data set upon which the CISSP exam is based.

Security and Risk Management

Course — 02:01:25

Discover essential security practices that protect an organization’s information systems.

Asset security

Course — 00:33:52

Learn how to protect information resources as part of the asset life cycle.

Security architecture and engineering

Course — 03:03:01

Understand how organizations design secured information systems by following formal development processes.

Communication and network security

Course — 03:13:48

This course describes security practices for protecting a network infrastructure.

Identity and access management

Course — 01:51:25

This course presents what many experts consider to be the primary security function: access control.

Security assessment and testing

Course — 01:20:10

This course describes how information systems and other business activities are monitored to ensure effectiveness.

Security operations

Course — 03:00:43

Understand the daily activities that IT departments perform to protect information systems.

Software development security

Course — 01:42:45

This course outlines the software development life cycle and how it is used to integrate security features into initial application design.

Test-taking tips

Course — 00:36:22

This section offers advice on how to study for the exam as well as analyze the questions.

CISSP Practice Exam (2021 Edition)

Assessment — 150 questions — 01:15:00

Meet the author

I am an IT professional with over 40 years of industry experience. Since earning my CISSP certification 21 years ago, I have focused on delivery of information assurance training, helping thousands of IT professionals earn certifications such as CISSP and Security+.

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You need five years of professional experience in the information security field to achieve the CISSP, but you can become an Associate of (ISC)² by passing the exam without experience.

This certification path is designed for:

  • Cybersecurity managers
  • Cybersecurity consultants
  • Security architects
  • Security engineers
  • Anyone with a desire to earn one of the most in-demand security management certifications!

How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

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