Course:Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Duration: 40 Hours

About this course:

        Our CISSP course is not delivered as a boot camp or exam prep course. Our course is a ‘theory based’ guide through the eight ISC2 domains to support your learning of the ISC2 Book of Knowledge. This course should be taken many months in advance of your CISSP exam booking. It will not substitute the considerable amount of self-study that all CISSP delegates need to undertake. This course attracts mixed ability delegates and is always tailored to meet the needs of all participants.

        Aimed at security professionals, this course surveys the entire information security landscape and the technologies involved. The course addresses the eight knowledge domains that comprise the common body of knowledge (CBK) for information systems security professionals and will help delegates prepare for CISSP certification.

        The course offers a theory based approach to the security process, with opportunities to discuss the immediate application of concepts and techniques described in the CBK to the real world. It can be considered as providing a good introduction to security management, architecture and engineering.The course comprises of eight sessions that map directly to the (CBK), each one is theory based with instructor led discussions; there are no hands on labs.

Target Audience:

          » Network server administrators, Firewall Administrators, Information Security Testers, System Administrators and Risk Assessment professionals.

          » Pen testers.


                  Delegates should have experience in at least two of the domains in the (CBK), for 5 years or more (4 years if they have achieved relevant industry or degree level certifications) to achieve full certification. Associate status can be achieved without the full 4/5 years’ experience; full certification will be assigned when the correct amount of experience is obtained.

          » We recommend delegates have some knowledge of all CBK domains and are encouraged to read one or two of the books on the Reading List at

          » QA will provide a CISSP guide book as pre-reading. It is expected that delegates review the guide and gain an appreciation of the key concepts in each of the eight CISSP domains in advance of the course. However, we do not expect delegates to be familiar with all the details of the guide book in advance of the course itself.

                  We recommend that work completed in the classroom is complemented by extra reading to ensure success in the exam. The amount of extra reading required will depend on the amount of experience the delegate has. The 'mile wide, inch deep' description indicates the challenge to most delegates, not all will have 'hands on' experience spanning all 8 domains of the CBK.

Course Outline:
Module 1. Security and Risk Management

           Understand and apply concepts of confidentiality, integrity and availability

           Apply security governance principles


           Understand legal and regulatory issues that pertain to information security in a global context

           Understand professional ethics

           Develop and implement documented security policy, standards, procedures, and guidelines

           Understand business continuity requirements

           Contribute to personnel security policies

           Understand and apply risk management concepts

           Understand and apply threat modelling

           Integrate security risk considerations into acquisition strategy and practice

           Establish and manage information security education, training, and awareness

Module 2. Asset Security

           Classify information and supporting assets

           Determine and maintain ownership

           Protect privacy

           Ensure appropriate retention

           Determine data security controls

           Establish handling requirements

Module 3. Security Engineering

           Implement and manage engineering processes using secure design principles

           Understand the fundamental concepts of security models

           Select controls and countermeasures based upon systems security evaluation models

           Understand security capabilities of information systems

           Assess and mitigate the vulnerabilities of security architectures, designs, and solution elements

           Assess and mitigate the vulnerabilities in web-based systems

           Assess and mitigate vulnerabilities in mobile systems

           Assess and mitigate vulnerabilities in embedded devices and cyber-physical systems

           Apply cryptography

           Apply secure principles to site and facility design

           Design and implement physical security

Module 4. Communication & Network Security

           Apply secure design principles to network architecture

           Secure network components

           Design and establish secure communication channels

           Prevent or mitigate network attacks

Module 5. Identity & Access Management

           Control physical and logical access to assets

           Manage identification and authentication of people and devices

           Integrate identity as a service

           Implement and manage authorization mechanisms

           Prevent or mitigate access control attacks

           Manage the identity and access provisioning lifecycle

Module 6. Security Assessment & Testing

           Design and validate assessment and test strategies

           Conduct security control testing

           Collect security process data

           Analyse and report test outputs

           Understand the vulnerabilities of security architectures

Module 7. Security Operations

           Understand and support investigations

           Understand requirements for investigation types

           Conduct logging and monitoring activities

           Secure the provisioning of resources

           Understand and apply foundational security operations concepts

           Employ resource protection techniques

           Conduct incident management

           Operate and maintain preventative measures

Module 8. Software Security Development

           Understand and apply security in the software development lifecycle

           Enforce security controls in development environments

           Assess the effectiveness of software security

           Assess security impact of acquired software

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