CISSP CBK Update effective 15 April 2018

Changes to the CISSP CBK content – April 2018

Every now and then the (ISC)2 changes the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) content and over the years we have seen going from 10 domains to 8 domains. ‘Gone’ is the domain that many feared called Cryptography. Well it is not really gone, it was just ‘hidden’ inside the Security Architecture and Engineering domain.
We at SACS make sure that the training we deliver is current and it is updated and confirmed before any training session that is delivered. So, the May 2018 delivery will have the latest content included. We also address the content based on the actual distribution as in the examination. These are the spread of the domains in the examination.

  • Security and Risk Management 15%
  • Asset Security 10%
  • Security Architecture and Engineering 13%
  • Communications and Network Security 14%
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM) 13%
  • Security Assessment and Testing 12%
  • Security Operations 13%
  • Software Development Security 10%

The most interesting change in the exam is the type of testing that takes place now. It is an adaptive testing process which results in 100 or 150 questions and can take from 1 to 3 hours. If you are very knowledgeable, you will have less questions. The system understands your knowledge based on how many you get correct and incorrect. In this type of examinations there are different levels of difficulty in the questions. If you answer correctly then the questions become more difficult. Incorrectly, it becomes easier. In this way, your actual knowledge becomes clear to the system. I prefer this compared to the 250 questions which you could sit up to 6 hours. This in itself added stress to the candidates.

In addition to delivering content, we ensure that we have a long-term relationship as the Information Security and Risk Management community is a ‘family’ that share information and knowledge. We have forums and additional content that is made available continuously and a support model to assist outside the lecture room.

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