CISSP in 21 Days

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  • Get to know the requirements of the CISSP examination and structure your preparation accordingly
  • Build your understanding of myriad concepts in the Information Security domain
  • Integrate your existing knowledge, experience, and prior learning to easily remember the concepts
  • Approach the exam confidently with the help of step-by-step preparation and practice questions
  • Practice the full-blown mock-up test to evaluate your knowledge and exam preparation

This chapter introduces the organization of the guide, expectations, and the approach adopted.

Day 1: Information Security and Risk Management – Part 1
This chapter covers various concepts that are related to "Security Management Practices; Control Environment and Asset Classification and Controls".

Day 2: Information Security and Risk Management – Part 2
The important requirements of "security awareness and training" and "Risk Assessment and Management" are discussed in this chapter.

Day 3: Physical (Environmental) Security – Part 1
This chapter deals with the threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures for physical security and physical security design that includes perimeter and interior security.

Day 4: Physical (Environmental) Security – Part 2
This chapter addresses the concepts in Operations / Facility Security and Protecting and Securing equipment.

Day 5: Access Control – Part 1
Access Control-related concepts, methodologies and techniques; Authentication; and Access-related attacks and countermeasures are covered in this chapter.

Day 6:  Access Control – Part 2
Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing-related concepts are covered in this chapter.

Day 7: Cryptography – Part 1
In this chapter, various concepts related to cryptography such as methods and types of encryption as well as application and the use of cryptography are covered.

Day 8: Cryptography – Part 2
In this chapter, core concepts in Public Key Infrastructure, Key management techniques, methods of cryptanalytic attacks as well as various Cryptographic Standards are covered.

Day 9: Operations Security – Part 1
Various concepts in the areas of Operations Procedures and Responsibilities, Incident Management, and Reporting are covered in this chapter.

Day 10: Operations Security – Part 2
Control environment related to operations security as well as evaluation criteria such as TCSEC are covered in this chapter.

Day 11: Application Security – Part 1
This chapter covers Systems Engineering concepts and Software Development Life Cycle models.

Day 12: Application Security – Part 2
IT systems, Threats and Vulnerabilities of application systems, and Application Control concepts are covered in this chapter

Day 13: Telecommunications and Network Security – Part 1
This chapter covers various concepts in network architecture, Open System Interconnect (OSI) and TCP/IP models; various protocols in the TCP/IP model related to the application and transport layers; and threats, vulnerabilities, attacks and countermeasures for TCP/IP protocols and services.

Day 14: Telecommunications and Network Security – Part 2
This chapter covers different protocols that are in the network/internet layer, data link layer and physical layer in the TCP/IP model, some of the threats and vulnerabilities that are prevalent to such protocols and common attacks and possible countermeasures.

Day 15: Security Architecture and Design – Part 1
This chapter covers concepts in Computer Architecture, Trusted Computing Base, and Protection Domain and its related mechanisms.

Day 16: Security Architecture and Design – Part 2
This chapter addresses the concepts in Assurance-related standards, various Certification and Accreditation schemes and various Computer Security models.

Day 17: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning – Part 1
Various concepts in the Business Continuity Planning domain, its Goals and objectives as well as the concepts in Business Impact Analysis are covered in this chapter.

Day 18: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning – Part 2
This chapter covers the Disaster Recovery Planning process, various Backup concepts, and the process of Resuming Business from alternative sites.

Day 19: Legal, Regulations, Compliance and Investigations – Part 1
Various Computer Crimes, Cyber Crimes as well as different types of Attacks are covered in this chapter.

Day 20: Legal, Regulations, Compliance, and Investigations – Part 2
This chapter covers various Information Systems-related laws and regulations across the world; concepts related to Computer Investigations and Ethical Usage of information systems as prescribed by international bodies including (ISC)2.

Day 21: Mock Test Paper
This chapter contains a full-blown mock test paper containing a total of 250 questions from all the 10 domains.

This chapter provides various references and books that are relevant to CISSP exam preparation.

Guidelines to CISSP Examination
This chapter provides detailed guidelines for exam registration, eligibility criteria, and other important details that are relevant to the CISSP examination. This chapter contains many useful tips to achieve success in the examination.


Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an internationally recognized security qualification. Success in this respected exam opens the door to your dream job as a security expert as well as an eye catching salary. But passing the final exam is challenging. Every year a lot of candidates do not prepare sufficiently for the examination, and fail at the final stage. This happens when they cover everything but do not revise properly and hence lack in confidence.

This book will take you through the final weeks before the exam with a day-by-day plan covering all of the exam topics. It will help you to enter the exam room with confidence, knowing that you have done all you can to prepare for the big day.

This small and concise CISSP exam quick-revision guide provides a disciplined approach to be adopted for reviewing and revising the core concepts a month before the exam. This book provides concise explanation of important concepts in all the 10 domains of the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Each domain is covered in two chapters that are represented as days. Each chapter contains some practice questions.  A full-blown mock test is included for practice. This book is not a replacement to full study guides and tries to build on and reemphasize the concepts learned from such guides.

  • A concise quick revision guide for CISSP exam preparation
  • Disciplined study approach a month before exam
  • Complete coverage of the prescribed syllabus
  • Lot of questions on each topic for practice; an extra question bank with the latest questions
Page Count 320
Course Length 9 hours 36 minutes
ISBN 9781847194503
Date Of Publication 19 Dec 2008


M. L. Srinivasan

M. L. Srinivasan is the founder and CEO of ChennaiNet, an India-based technology company focused on information technology and information security-related product development, services, and training. He's a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Management System Lead Auditor.

Popularly known as MLS, the author is an information technology and information security professional and has about 25 years' experience in various IT domains, such as software programming, hardware troubleshooting, networking technologies, systems administration, security administration, information security-related consulting, auditing and training.

He has been an avid trainer throughout his career and has developed many short-term and long-term training programs. He has been invited to speak at many international conferences and seminars on information security. Currently he is associated with NIIT Technologies (USA), and CA Technologies (USA) as a senior instructor covering various product-based training on CA identity manager, CA SiteMinder (Single Sign-On), CA ControlMinder (AccessControl), CA Federation Manager, and CA DataMinder products.

He was a specialist IT and IS auditor with Det Norske Veritas (DNV), India region. He has performed many quality and information security audits for hundreds of medium and large organizations in the past.