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Information Systems Security Management Professional

You are vital to your organization’s success. Prove your knowledge and leadership skills with the CISSP-ISSMP.

This cybersecurity management certification shows you excel at establishing, presenting and governing information security programs. You also demonstrate deep management and leadership skills whether you’re leading incident handling and/or a breach mitigation team.

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Get the Needed Experience

To qualify for the CISSP-ISSMP, you must be a CISSP in good standing and:

  • Have two years cumulative, paid, full-time work experience
  • In one or more of the five domains of the CISSP-ISSMP CBK
Create an Account at Pearson VUE and Schedule Your Exam

To schedule an exam, you must create an account at Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE is the leading provider of global, computer-based testing for certification and licensure exams. You can find details on testing locations, policies, accommodations and more on their website. Once you’ve set up your account and are ready to register, you’ll need to:

  • Complete the Examination Agreement. You agree to the truth of your assertions regarding professional experience. You also legally commit to the adherence of the (ISC)² Code of Ethics.
  • Review the Candidate Background Questions.
  • Pay the exam fee.
Pass the Exam

This is the day to show your greatness!

  • Three hours to complete the 125 ISSMP exam questions.

You must pass the exam with a scaled score of 700 points or greater. Want more details? Read our exam scoring FAQs.

Get Endorsed

Once you successfully pass the exam, you’ll have nine months from the date of the exam to have your application endorsed. Your endorsement form must be completed and signed by an (ISC)² certified professional. He or she needs to be an active member who can confirm your professional experience. (ISC)² can endorse you if you can’t find a certified individual. Want to learn more? Read our endorsement assistance guidelines.

You’re on the leading edge of your craft. Here are just a few reasons to challenge yourself with this security architect certification:

  • A demonstration of excellence. You want to stand out from your fellow CISSPs. This concentration proves you have an elite level of knowledge and expertise.
  • New opportunities. The CISSP-ISSMP opens doors: from new career paths and jobs, to more exciting work.
  • Growth and learning. This is an opportunity to dive deep and hone your craft. You’ll find new ways to grow and stay on the forefront of information security. And earning your concentration is a big challenge.
  • Ease of continuing education and dues. As a CISSP, you already have a relationship with (ISC)². If you earn the CISSP-ISSMP, you only have to share your Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits with one organization. You may apply your CISSP-ISSMP CPE credits toward your CISSP requirement (as long as these credits are specific to security management). And your dues are a lot less than if you pursue an advanced certification with a separate organization. You’ll make great use of your time, energy and money.
What the Industry Is Saying About the CISSP-ISSMP

The CISSP-ISSMP is an excellent way to hone your craft. But is it right for you?

You’re a great fit for this cybersecurity management certification if you:

  • Are a life-long learner who craves a new challenge.
  • Want to go beyond the CISSP. You have a competitive spirit and want to stand out from your peers.
  • Want to be seen as a subject matter expert and prove your knowledge in a more focused area.
  • Are looking ahead in your career. The CISSP-ISSMP will help you achieve an even higher level of success.
  • Need this concentration to move into a specific job.
The CISSP-ISSMP is ideal for those working in roles such as:

  • Chief information officer
  • Chief information security officer
  • Chief technology officer
  • Senior security executive

The exam outline is a free resource that details the major topics and subtopics within the domains that are covered on the CISSP-ISSMP exam. Reviewing this outline will help you determine which topics you may feel less confident about and develop a study plan around those topics. Note: Effective May 15, 2018, the CISSP-ISSMP exam will be based on a new exam outline. The domains and their weights have changed. Please refer to the CISSP-ISSMP Exam Outline and our FAQs for details.

Prepare for your CISSP-ISSMP exam through a combination of training courses and individual study.

Simply choose the best training format for your schedule, needs and learning style.

Classroom-Based Training

  • Ideal for hands-on learners. The most thorough review of the CBK, industry concepts and best practices.
  • Five-day training event delivered in a classroom setting. Eight hours a day.
  • Available at (ISC)² facilities and through (ISC)² Official Training Providers worldwide.
  • Led by authorized instructors.


Private On-Site Training

  • A cost-effective and convenient training solution if your organization has 10 or more employees taking the exam.
  • Tailored to your team’s schedule, budget and certification requirements.
  • Conveniently taught in your office space or a local venue.
  • Led by authorized instructors.


Training Course Overview

Our training helps you fully prepare for your CISSP-ISSMP exam. You will:

  • Review, refresh and expand your knowledge.
  • Identify areas you need to study for your exam.

You can expect an in-depth review of the domains of the CBK — including discussion of industry best practices and timely security concepts.

(ISC)² authorized instructors lead all our training. You’re learning from industry experts who understand you. They know how to make the content highly relatable. And they go through a rigorous process to teach to our CBK.

Plus, we use proven adult learning techniques to reinforce topics. This approach increases how much information you retain. Our techniques are highly interactive. They focus on real-world learning activities and scenarios, so you get the most out of training.

Self- Study Resources 

In addition to training, we offer resources to help you with self-study. Our resources include the:

Once you have passed your CISSP-ISSMP exam and are certified, you need to recertify every three years. To do so, you simply need to:

  • Earn 20 continuing professional education (CPE) credits each year. (You may apply these 20 credits toward your CISSP CPE requirement as long as these credits are specific to security management.)
  • Pay a USD$35 Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF). This amount is in addition to the fee required for the CISSP.

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