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June 2003

How to pass the CISSP exam: Ways to get a good score

Everything you've heard about what it takes to pass the CISSP exam is true. It's both disarmingly easy and bewilderingly difficult; at once incredibly rewarding and pull-out-your-hair aggravating. This article aims to demystify the process and help you prepare. What is the CISSP? CISSP stands for Certified Information Systems Security Professional. The credential was created in 1991 by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, a nonprofit that is the caretaker and credentialing body for the CISSP. According to (ISC)2, the certification is "an elite way to demonstrate your knowledge, advance your career and become a member of a community of cybersecurity leaders. It shows you have all it takes to design, engineer, implement and run an information security program." What are the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a CISSP? To qualify, you need at least five cumulative years of paid, full-time professional experience, including at least two years of work in the exam's eight Common Body ...

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