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CISSP-ISSEP Domain Refresh FAQ

Q:

Why are changes being made to the ISSEP exam?

 
A:

(ISC)² has an obligation to its membership to maintain the relevancy of its credentials. These enhancements are the result of a rigorous, methodical process that (ISC)² follows to routinely update its credential exams. This process ensures that the examinations and subsequent continuing professional education requirements encompass the topic areas relevant to the roles and responsibilities of today's practicing engineering security professionals.

Q:

How is the ISSEP exam changing?

 
A:

The content of the ISSEP has been refreshed to reflect the most pertinent issues that information security professionals currently face, along with the best practices for mitigating those issues. Some topics have been updated while others have been realigned. The result is an exam that most accurately reflects the technical and practical security knowledge that is required for the daily job functions of the information security engineering professional.

As a result of the content refresh, we have updated the domain names to describe the topics accurately.

Previous ISSEP Domain Name

New ISSEP Domain Name

Domain 1: Systems Security Engineering

Domain 1. Security Engineering Principles

Domain 2: Certification and Accreditation (C&A)/Risk Management Framework (RMF)

Domain 2. Risk Management

Domain 3: Technical Management

Domain 3. Security Planning, Design, and Implementation

Domain 4: U.S. Government Information Assurance Related Policies and Issuances

Domain 4. Secure Operations, Maintenance, and Disposal

 

Domain 5. Systems Engineering Technical Management

 

The domain weights are as follows:

Major Domains

Weightings (Percentage)

Domain 1. Security Engineering Principles

22%

Domain 2. Risk Management

24%

Domain 3. Security Planning, Design, and Implementation

22%

Domain 4. Secure Operations, Maintenance, and Disposal

21%

Domain 5. Systems Engineering Technical Management

11%

Total

100%

 

Please refer to the ISSEP Exam Outline for details.

Q:

Why do domains for (ISC)² credential exams change?

 
A:

Domains change because it is a reflection of a change in the knowledge, skills and abilities, as indicated by experts through the Job Task Analysis process.

Q:

When will these changes go into effect?

 
A:

The changes will begin on March 15, 2018.

Q:

In what language will the refreshed ISSEP exam be available?

 
A:

The refreshed ISSEP exam will be available in English only.

Q:

Will this change the number of questions or the time required to take the ISSEP exam?

 
A:

No. The ISSEP exam will have the same number of items, and the time required to take the exam will be the same.

Q:

If I have been studying for the ISSEP exam with material that focuses on the current domains, will I be sufficiently prepared to take the new exam without additional study?

 
A:

(ISC)² exams are experience-based that include experience-based questions that cannot be learned by studying alone. If you already have the CISSP, and have the experience in the domains covered in ISSEP and believe that you have sufficiently studied those domains, you should feel confident that you are qualified to take the new exam and pass it. (ISC)² cannot guarantee you will pass the exam.

Q:

Do these updates affect the experience requirement for the ISSEP?

 
A:

No. For the ISSEP, a candidate is required to be a CISSP in good standing, demonstrate two years of cumulative paid full-time professional experience in one or more domains of this concentration, pass the CISSP-ISSEP examination, and maintain the credential in good standing along with the underlying CISSP.

Q:

What impact do these changes have on (ISC)² training materials?

 
A:

The Official (ISC)² CISSP-ISSEP Training Course will be available in September 2018.

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