Course 919:
CISSP Preparation

(6 days: 4 + 2 format recommended)


Course Description

The CISSP Certification is based around experience and knowledge in the eight domains of security. Through Lecture, Examples, Workshops, and Quiz/Testing, the foundation knowledge of the eight domains will be explored and discussed to help prepare students to sit the CISSP examination.

Note: This course is designed for the new CISSP-Domains effective April 15, 2015, and the exams offered April 15, 2015, and later.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for students preparing for the CISSP Exam.


Five years of experience in two or more of the CISSP domains (this is a requirement of the CISSP certification).

Course Outline

Unit 1: CISSP Domain Overview

  • Exam Overview
  • Overview of CISSP Domains
    • Security and Risk Management
    • Asset Security
    • Security Engineering
    • Communications and Network Security
    • Identity and Access Management
    • Security Assessment and Testing
    • Security Operations
    • Software Development Security

 Unit 2: Testing Techniques and Examples

  • What To Expect
  • Question Types
  • Strategies for Answering Questions
  • Elimination of Answers
  • To Answer or Not to Answer a Question
  • Exam Practice: Classroom Pre-Test

Unit 3: Cryptography Fundamentals

  • Encryption Concepts
  • Digital Signatures
  • Cryptanalytic Attacks
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  • Information Hiding Alternatives
  • Practice Questions: Cryptography

 Unit 4: Security and Risk Management

  • Security, Risk, Compliance, Law, Regulations, Business Continuity
  • Understand and Apply Concepts of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability
  • Apply Security Governance Principals
  • Compliance: Legislative, Regulatory, and Privacy
  • Understand Legal and Regulatory Issues that Pertain to Information Security in a Global Context
  • Understand Professional Ethics
  • Develop and Implement Documented Security Policy, Standards, Procedures, and Guidelines
  • Understand Business Continuity Requirements
  • Contribute to Personnel Security Policies
  • Understand and Apply Risk Management Concepts
  • Understand and Apply Threat Modeling
  • Establish and Manage Information Security Education, Training, and Awareness
  • Practice Questions: Security and Risk Management

Unit 5: Asset Security

  • Protecting Security of Assets
  • Classify Information and Supporting Assets
  • Determine and Maintain Ownership
  • Protect Privacy
  • Ensure Appropriate Retention
  • Determine Data Security Controls
  • Establish Handling Requirements
  • Practice Questions: Asset Security

Unit 6: Security Engineering

  • Engineering and Management of Security
  • Implement and Manage Engineering Processes Using Secure Design Principles
  • Understand the Fundamental Concepts of Security Models
  • Select Controls and Countermeasures Based upon Systems Security Evaluation Models
  • Understand Security Capabilities of Information Systems
  • Assess and Mitigate the Vulnerabilities of Security Architectures, Designs, and Solution Elements
  • Assess and Mitigate Vulnerabilities in Web-Based Systems
  • Assess and Mitigate Vulnerabilities in Mobile Systems
  • Assess and Mitigate Vulnerabilities in Embedded Devices and Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Apply Cryptography
  • Apply Secure Principles to Site and Facility Design
  • Design and Implement Physical Security
  • Practice Questions: Asset Security

Unit 7: Communications and Network Security

  • Designing and Protecting Network Security
  • Apply Secure Design Principles to Network Architecture
  • Secure Network Components
  • Design and Establish Secure Communication Channels
  • Prevent or Mitigate Network Attacks
  • Practice Questions: Communications and Network Security

Unit 8: Identity and Access Management

  • Controlling Access and Managing Identity
  • Control Physical and Logical Access to Assets
  • Manage Identification and Authentication of People and Devices
  • Integrate Identity as a Service
  • Integrate Third-Party Identity Services
  • Implement and Manage Authorization Mechanisms
  • Prevent or Mitigate Access Control Attacks
  • Manage the Identity and Access Provisioning Life Cycle
  • Practice Questions: Identity and Access Management

Unit 9: Security Assessment and Testing

  • Designing, Performing, and Analyzing Security Testing
  • Design and Validate Assessment and Test Strategies
  • Conduct Security Control Testing
  • Collect Security Process Data
  • Management and Operational Controls
  • Analyze and Report Test Outputs
  • Conduct or Facilitate Internal and Third-Party Audits
  • Practice Questions: Security Assessment and Testing

Unit 10: Security Operations

  • Foundational Concepts, Investigations, Incident Management, Disaster
  • Understand and Support Investigations
  • Understand Requirements for Investigation Types
  • Conduct Logging and Monitoring Activities
  • Secure the Provisioning of Resources
  • Understand and Apply Foundational Security Operations Concepts
  • Employ Resource Protection Techniques
  • Conduct incident Management
  • Operate and Maintain Preventative Measures
  • Implement and Support Patch and Vulnerability Management
  • Participate in and Understand Change Management Processes
  • Implement Recovery Strategies
  • Implement Disaster Recovery Processes
  • Test Disaster Recovery Plans
  • Business Continuity Planning and Exercises
  • Implement and Manage Physical Security
  • Addressing Personnel Safety Concerns
  • Practice Questions: Security Operations

Unit 11: Software Development Security

  • Understanding, Applying, and Enforcing Software Security
  • Understand and Apply Security in the Software Development Life Cycle
  • Enforce Security Controls in Development Environments
  • Assess the Effectiveness of Software Security
  • Assess Security Impact of Acquired Software
  • Practice Questions: Software Development Security

Unit 12: Bringing Security Together

  • Bringing the CISSP Domains Together
    • Security and Risk Management
    • Asset Security
    • Security Engineering
    • Communications and Network Security
    • Identity and Access Management
    • Security Assessment and Testing
    • Security Operations
    • Software Development Security

Unit 13: End of Course Practice Testing and Summary

  • Exam Practice: Classroom Pre-Test

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