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Can you imagine the level of difficulty of the CISSP exam? Why is it hard? All the necessary details are listed below.

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What is the CISSP certification?


CISSP stands for Certified Information System Security Program, which is granted by International Information System Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ICS)2. The CISSP format designed for global recognition, normally offered using English but you also could choose other languages such as French, German, simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish,..... The worldwide value of the certification will hone your resume, and you get a lucrative payment as a result.


How many subject matters are in the CISSP Exam?


According to (ICS)2, from 2018 the model of the CISSP test breaks into 8 subject matters related to information security as domains. Including: 

  1. Security and Risk management;

  2. Asset Security; 

  3. Security Architecture and Engineering;

  4. Communication and Network Security;

  5. Identity and Access Management;

  6. Security and Assessment Testing;

  7. Security Operations;

  8. Software Development Security.

From 1st May 2021, the domains may be refreshed which would impact the weighting them, domains themselves will not change.

The CISSP format is 6-hour-long and consists of 250 multiple-choice questions and advanced innovative ones measuring the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the 8 domains of the (ICS)2. The acceptable result in order to be certified by (ICS)2 is 700/1000.


Requirements for candidates


Possess at least 5 years of direct full-time work experience in two or more domains of the (ICS)2 information security. A participant without a 5-year of experience may earn the Associate of (ICS)2 by passing the CISSP examination, which is valid for a maximum of 6 years. During those 6 years, you should achieve more required experience and submit the asked endorsement form for certification as a CISSP. After finishing all steps, the certification will be converted to CISSP status.

Advocate the CISSP Code of Ethics; Complete all inquiries corresponding to criminal history and background; Receive declared qualifications from an active member of the ICS community.

Read more >> How to get CISSP certification


How much does the CISSP exam cost?


As regarding writing the test, test-takers will pay an amount of $599 as the CISSP exam cost, though the exact price is based on the regulation of the location center. Attendance of the test day can be changed for a $50 fee, and there is a $100 to cancel your CISSP test.

In order to maintain the validity of the CISSP certification as long as certified holders want, they probably are required to have at least 40 CPE (continuing professional education) credits per year and pay a yearly fee of $85.


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