My best guess is that you'll need 120 hours to ground yourself thoroughly in information security terms, concepts and best practices. Then, count on another 120 hours to prepare for the CISSP exam itself.
Remember, too, that you can't qualify for the CISSP unless you can provide documented proof of direct, security-related on the job experience for at least three years (given a Master's and a Bachelor's) and for up to five years (given no degree to offset on the job experience requirements).
FOR MORE INFO ON PREPARING FOR THE CISSP EXAM, VISIT THESE RESOURCES:
- On-demand webcast: Everything you ever wanted to know about the CISSP but were afraid to ask
- Ask the Expert: How can I prepare for the CISSP exam?
- Ask the Expert: Do I have enough infosec experience for the CISSP cert exam?
This was first published in September 2004