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Starting CISSP study

I've been in the field for 20 years. I've been working in security the last six years. Many years ago I earned numerous Microsoft and Cisco certifications. I have not earned any security certifications. I'm predicting to study ~20 hours per week and will schedule the exam in six months. Does this seem to be an adequate amount of time to prepare?

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Twenty hours a week seems like a heroic amount of time.  Let me just set that there.

When I first read the CBK, I came to quickly realize that there was a lot more to the breadth of cybersecurity.  Pick up the CBK, read it, and then determine whether it's wise to presently schedule an exam for a moment six months away.  Changing your exam date, if that becomes necessary later on, costs money.

Newcomer I



I need some guidance.


I have the Security+ certification from CompTia and wanted to give ISC2 a try, so I signed up for the free CC training and exam voucher. I passed the CC exam this past Saturday and was already in the process of studying for the CISSP exam.


One thing I noticed about the ISC2 practice questions for the CC exam, they were nothing like the actual exam questions. I know they are designed that way, but for the harder CISSP exam, I worry that the ISC2 practice questions and flash cards will not be enough.


My current study model includes:


- Fully completed the Global Knowledge CISSP course via Leo Thrush (

- Currently reading the CISSP CBK, and my notes from the Global Knowledge course (300+ pages including images)

- ISC2 Official 6th Edition Flash Cards - 100% completed

- ISC2 Official 6th Edition Practice Tests - Completed 20+


For those of you who recently (6th Edition) passed the CISSP exam advise on the material you used for study? Any other relevant information is greatly appreciated.


I still feel as though I am not prepared enough to clear the exam.


Thank you!

Newcomer I

I found the practice CC questions very similar to the exam ones, luck of the draw really.  There were a few complete curve balls for me that I know where absolutely no where in the official material; fortunately I know a lot more of the other ones and am also onto the CISSP now 😄  


I know what you mean £500 is a lot to sit an exam and fail alternatively £700 is a lot to pay if you pass first time!  How ready is ready enough?


On the recent CISSP exam ready webinar (I recommend jumping on the next one and asking directly) they mentioned the 

ISC2 ZAP App by Konnect LLC 


It's the official CISSP (and CCSP & SSCP) RETIRED questions app which I've added to my study program because i really enjoy the quick 10 questions plus explanation.  Great alternative to Angry Birds / Candy Crush  😉


It also has 2 free exams plus another 7* 125 question exams if you pay the fee; which will be a good gauge.  The questions may change over time but the principles and steps shouldn't change much; so then it's just the emerging stuff to make sure you know..........


Good Luck!