CISSP Preparation Resources

Start your CISSP preparation with (ISC)2 website – Understand what a CISSP is and the requirements for the exam. If you don’t have the minimum work experience required for a CISSP, you can start with the Associate program after passing the exam. Don’t wait!

The following resources helped me in preparing for the CISSP exam in 2004-

  1. Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP Exam by Susan Hansche, John Berti, Chris Hare
  2. The CISSP Prep Guide: Gold Edition by Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
  3. Advanced CISSP Prep Guide: Exam Q&A by Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
  4. CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One) by Shon Harris
  5. CISSP Training Guide by Roberta Bragg
  6. Information Security Management Handbook by Harold F. Tipton

A Listmania! list by Shaheen N Abdul Jabbar of the above items is available at

Item 1 would be a good book to start with. Going through the book could be a little dry (at least that’s what my expereince was). Once you finish reading item 1, start doing as many question as you can. It could be from item  2, 3, 4 or any other questions banks available out there. If you get stuck with a question consult Google and other online resources. An online version of item 6 is available at

UPDATE: April 2013

The list provided above are based on my experience. However, you may be able to find better ones.

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