CISSP Certification

IT LEVEL:
Advanced

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:
5 Years

PRIOR CERTS:
Sec+

EXAM LENGTH:
180 mins

CISSP Certification Exam Training - Frequently Asked Questions

The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) exam is designed for advanced-level IT professionals interested in building a career in cybersecurity. The CISSP exam validates your skills in designing and managing enterprise-level cybersecurity implementations.

If you’ve already successfully passed the CompTIA Security+ exam and have a minimum of 5 years of hands-on industry experience in an IT administration role with a concentration in security, you’re ready to start preparing for your CISSP certification exam.

Prepare for the exam with our CISSP training course!

The CISSP exam covers a high-level range of topics that help demonstrate competency in IT fundamentals including:

  • Security and risk management
  • Asset security
  • Security architecture and engineering
  • Communication and network security
  • Identity and access management (IAM)
  • Security assessment and testing
  • Security operations
  • Software development security

Before taking the CISSP certification exam, you should feel confident in demonstrating your knowledge across these 7 core areas:

  • Security and Risk Management

    Evaluate and apply security governance principles to support alignment of security functions for business strategy, organizational processes, control frameworks, and due diligence. Understand legal and regulatory issues related to cyber crimes, intellectual property, privacy laws, and cross-border data flows.

  • Asset Security

    Determine appropriate security protocols related to data classification and asset classification, including privacy and data retention requirements.

  • Security Architecture and Engineering

    Assess and mitigate the vulnerabilities of security architectures, designs, and solution Elements in client-based systems, server-based systems, database systems, cryptographic systems, cloud based systems, and more.

  • Communication and Network Security

    Implement secure design principles in network architectures, network components, and network communication channels.

  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)

    Control physical and logical access to assets to secure business critical information, systems, devices, and facilities.

  • Security Assessment and Testing

    Conduct security control testing for vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, log reviews, synthetic transactions, code review, and more.

  • Security Operations

    Understand and support the security operations connected to administrative, criminal, civil, regulatory, and industry investigations.

  • Software Development Security

    Understand and integrate security in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) to support development methodologies, maturity models, operation and maintenance, and change management.

The technical skills validated through the CISSP certification exam will help prepare you for IT career opportunities such as:

  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Information Security Architect
  • Senior Network Administrator

If you’re looking to launch or advance your career in cybersecurity, CISSP is one of the most in-demand certifications for mid to advanced-level cybersecurity jobs. We recommend you successfully pass the CompTIA Security+ exam before attempting more advanced certifications, such as CASP+ or CISSP.

Successfully passing the CISSP certification exam also gives you access to an extensive and highly-networked community at (ISC)2 with ongoing training, networking events, job opportunities, and more.

CISSP certification is approved by the US Department of Defense to meet requirements for employment positions listed under the 8140/8570 directive. If you have no prior work experience, or prior industry certifications, you will want to start building your IT, networking, and basic security fundamentals with the CompTIA Security+ exam.

CIAT Career Services team provides personalized career transition support to ensure you translate your technical training and industry certifications into viable career opportunities. Our full suite of career services support includes resume building, LinkedIn profile optimization, mock interview support, career coaching, and job placement support, and specialty workshops, to help ensure you’re positioned for success.

Typically, students enrolled in our Computer Information Systems Degree programs feel confident taking the CISSP exam after 5 weeks of technical training and exam preparation.

CISSP is an advanced-level level certification that can serve as a launchpad for numerous IT certification and career pathways. The more certs you earn, the more skills you acquire, the more career opportunities will be available.

Here is the recommended IT certification pathway that includes the CISSP certification:

Your CISSP exam voucher, exam prep software, and certified instructor tutoring resources are included in the cost of your tuition of our Computer Information Systems Degree programs. Save hundreds of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses over a DIY studying approach.

Both CIAT Mission Valley and National City campuses include secure and authorized testing center facilities, available to local San Diego students and alumni. For our online students, we work closely with you to help locate and facilitate an authorized testing center near you.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CIAT has enabled students to take the CISSP certification exam remotely from the comfort of your own home through CompTIA’s new “Test Anywhere” process. Don’t put your goals on hold or push off until normalcy returns.

Studying for the CISSP certification on your own is doable, but often leaves you without the required technical skills in your background, or the necessary resources to translate your exam score into an IT career.

Join over 2,000 students who have enrolled in CIAT accredited Certificate and Degree programs and are on their path to launching or advancing their IT careers. Our extensive, custom designed IT curriculum provides training for up to 14 industry certifications, including CISSP.

  • No exam fees
  • Unlimited exam attempts*
  • Hands-on training through on-campus and virtual online classes
  • Online test preparation workshops
  • Test preparation software
  • Complimentary week-long IT bootcamps
  • One-on-one support from certified instructors
  • Accredited Certificate and Degree programs to beef up your resume
  • Personalized career services support including resume building and job placement support

*Students are encouraged to take certification exams while actively enrolled in the degree program. Unlimited certification exam attempts expire 90 days after graduation. The following are single attempt exams and are not eligible for a retake voucher: CEH, CASP, CISSP, DevNet & CCNP. See certification exam policy for more details.

More questions about the CISSP certification exam?

Reach out today and one of our knowledgeable Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have about CIAT.

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CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

EC Council, the world's largest cybersecurity technical certification organization, awarded CIAT the Circle of Excellence Award two years in a row for our Certified Ethical Hacker certification training courses and career-ready curriculum.

MILITARY-FRIENDLY

We believe you deserve an education worthy of your service. CIAT welcomes military veterans, active duty service members, and spouses using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Active Duty Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA.

FULLY ACCREDITED

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

2021 BEST CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS

CIAT has been awarded top ranking status in Intelligent.com’s Best Cybersecurity Program review, highlighted as “Best For Industry Certifications”. Evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

EC Council, the world's largest cybersecurity technical certification organization, awarded CIAT the Circle of Excellence Award two years in a row for our Certified Ethical Hacker certification training courses and career-ready curriculum.

MILITARY-FRIENDLY

We believe you deserve an education worthy of your service. CIAT welcomes military veterans, active duty service members, and spouses using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Active Duty Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA.

FULLY ACCREDITED

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Talk to an Advisor

Request an appointment with one of our IT expert Admissions Advisors for personalized guidance on building your education plan. You’ll be able to book an appointment instantly for a time that fits your schedule. 

Next Enrollment Deadline is November 1st, 2021!

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