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The 8 CISSP domains explained  


taichi
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What are the 8 CISSP domains?

  1. Security and Risk Management
  2. Asset Security
  3. Security Architecture and Engineering
  4. Communications and Network Security
  5. Identity and Access Management
  6. Security Assessment and Testing
  7. Security Operations
  8. Software Development Security

 


1) Security and Risk Management

Security and Risk Management comprises about 15% of the CISSP exam.

This is the largest domain in CISSP, providing a comprehensive overview of the things you need to know about information systems management. It covers:

  • The confidentiality, integrity and availability of information;
  • Security governance principles;
  • Compliance requirements;
  • Legal and regulatory issues relating to information security;
  • IT policies and procedures; and
  • Risk-based management concepts.

2) Asset Security

Asset Security comprises about 10% of the CISSP exam.

This domain addresses the physical requirements of information security. It covers:

  • The classification and ownership of information and assets;
  • Privacy;
  • Retention periods;
  • Data security controls; and
  • Handling requirements.

3) Security Architecture and Engineering

Security Engineering comprises about 13% of the CISSP exam.

This domain covers several important information security concepts, including:

  • Engineering processes using secure design principles;
  • Fundamental concepts of security models;
  • Security capabilities of information systems;
  • Assessing and mitigating vulnerabilities in systems;
  • Cryptography; and
  • Designing and implementing physical security.

4) Communications and Network Security

Communications and Network Security comprises about 14% of the CISSP exam.

This domain covers the design and protection of an organisation’s networks. This includes:

  • Secure design principles for network architecture;
  • Secure network components; and
  • Secure communication channels.

5) Identity and Access Management

Identity and Access Management comprises about 13% of the CISSP exam.

This domain helps information security professionals understand how to control the way users can access data. It covers:

  • Physical and logical access to assets;
  • Identification and authentication;
  • Integrating identity as a service and third-party identity services;
  • Authorisation mechanisms; and
  • The identity and access provisioning lifecycle.

6) Security Assessment and Testing

Security Assessment and Testing comprises about 12% of the CISSP exam.

This domain focuses on the design, performance and analysis of security testing. It includes:

  • Designing and validating assessment and test strategies;
  • Security control testing;
  • Collecting security process data;
  • Test outputs; and
  • Internal and third-party security audits.

7) Security Operations

Security Operations comprises about 13% of the CISSP exam.

This domain addresses the way plans are put into action. It covers:

  • Understanding and supporting investigations;
  • Requirements for investigation types;
  • Logging and monitoring activities;
  • Securing the provision of resources;
  • Foundational security operations concepts;
  • Applying resource protection techniques;
  • Incident management;
  • Disaster recovery;
  • Managing physical security; and
  • Business continuity.

8) Software Development Security

Software Development Security comprises about 10% of the CISSP exam.

This domain helps professionals to understand, apply and enforce software security. It covers:

  • Security in the software development life cycle;
  • Security controls in development environments;
  • The effectiveness of software security; and
  • Secure coding guidelines and standards.
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