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How to prepare CISSP Exam

CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) is a certification granted by the organization ISC2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium).

This post explains how you can prepare.

To find more information about the CISSP certification itself, please check the main post.

Frequently Asked Questions (FA) about the exam

How long do I need to prepare the exam?

Between 3 and 6 months. But this is just my guess.

What is the recommended material for exam preparation?


There are ISC2 official preparation books:

  1. “CISSP Official Study Guide”, published by Sibex
  2. “CISSP Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests”, published by Sibex
  3. “The Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK Reference”, published by Sibex

Only the two first are necessary to pass the exam.

In addition there are unofficial books, but I did not try them myself.

Examples of non-official books:

  • “CISSP All-in-one Exam Guide”, by Fernando J. Maymi and Shon Harris, published by McGraw Hilll Education


There are YouTube channels, like “Free Study CISSP Questions from the Day by IT Jojo“.

You can also attend preparation courses.

How do I register for CISSP exam?

You can register to CISSP exam from this link. You need to register on Pearson VUE web before taking the exam.

How is the exam?

Exam takes a maximum of 3 hours.

It contains between 100 and 150 multiple choice and advanced innovative items.

It means that you have an average of 1,2 minutes (or 72 seconds) per question, so you need to answer them fast.

What do I need to take to the exam?

Two valid IDs (e.g., your national ID and your passport).


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I studied Computer Science at University of Salamanca. Since then, I have been working first as developer and then as SAP consutant. This blog is about problems I dealt when using computers, and more important, the solutions I found. Whenever I am on an issue and suddenlly I have a flash that leads me to a solution, I document my discoveries in a post.

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