Posted by: cmani2010 | November 26, 2007

Passed CISSP

I have been wanting to take the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification for a long time. I finally took the exam in November 1st week, and I got the information today, that I have PASSED !!! This is a pretty expensive exam (around 500 USD) and is a painful 5 hr exam !! If you live in Bangalore, you will need to travel to Chennai to take the exam. The following are some tips, if you need to pass the exam:
1. Read at least two books. I studied the red colored book (the cram guide series) and a wiley publications book.
2. Read the prerequisites carefully, you need to have at least 5 yrs of security experience
3. Google for CISSP mock exams, I bought a couple of mock exam simulators. The Wiley book also has some simulator.
4. You also need to have a CISSP to endorse you, after you have completed the exam. I am in the process of doing this, and only then your certificate will be mailed to you.
5. The exam starts around 9am in Chennai, and they give you all the pencil. erasers, coffee/tea etc. Just make sure, you have had a good nights sleep before you appear for the exam
6. I feel the Security, Telecom sections have more questions. Prepare well for all the various security algorithms, symmetric, asymmetric, digital signatures etc.
Best of luck, if you are taking this exam

Update: (Nov 28th 2007)
Somebody asked me some specific resource pointers:
a. CISSP Training Guide by Roberta Bragg – CISSP
b. CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional Study Guide, 3rd Edition
James Michael Stewart, Ed Tittel, Mike Chapple
c. Simulators for CISSP, just google them, you will find several.

There is no alternative for actual security experience in the CBKs mentioned. You need to provide a detailed resume/CV with contact details of your supervisors for possible verification.



  1. Congratulations! I can understand how great it feels to get a positive result out of a marathon exam like CISSP. I am sure someone out there would find your tips useful to getting through this exam. While you put all your efforts to get your certification, please also consider keeping some cash aside for a treat:-)

  2. Hello Mani
    Congrats on your certification success. I am wanting to take the same certification and was wondering if you have some time you can list the reference material and exam simulators in bit more details. One other request was how should we prove 5 years of security experience and any other helpful site. Appreciate all your help.

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