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CISSP Has Changed (Again): What it Means for Your Certification Prep

Author: James Michael Stewart

This white paper discusses the importance of the CISSP certification, identifies the changes in topics, and provides tips for CISSP exam preparation.


The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification exam update in April 2018 included a modest revision of topics and a significant change to the testing process. Prepping for the CISSP exam has become more challenging. You will need to be knowledgeable in all eight domains of CISSP in order to pass.

CISSP is a widely desired indicator of knowledge, experience, and excellence on the resume of many IT professionals. CISSP is not just a recommendation by industry groups—it has achieved its respected position as an important IT certification through practical observation. The drive to achieve this notable certification is evidenced in its appearance on a significant number of job postings.