CISSP-ISSEP: Information Systems Security Engineering Professional

Recognition for Advanced Expertise in Information Security Engineering

The CISSP-ISSEP credential was developed in conjunction with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) providing an invaluable tool for any systems security engineering professional. ISSEP is the guide for incorporating security into projects, applications, business processes, and all information systems. Security professionals are hungry for workable methodologies and best practices that can be used to integrate security into all facets of business operations. 

Who should obtain the ISSEP certification?

The ISSEP is ideal for CISSPs working in positions such as, but not limited to:

  • Senior systems engineer
  • Information assurance systems engineer
  • Information assurance officer
  • Information assurance analyst
  • Senior security analyst

Candidates must be a CISSP in good standing and have 2 years cumulative paid full-time work experience in 1 or more of the 5 domains of the CISSP-ISSEP CBK. 

Please Note: The Associate of  (ISC)² designation is not available for the CISSP concentrations (CISSP-ISSAP, CISSP-ISSEP, and CISSP-ISSMP).

What domains are in the ISSEP CBK?

The ISSEP examination domains and weights are:

Domains Weights
1. System Security Engineering 50%
2. Certification and Accreditation (C&A)/Risk Management Framework (RMF) 15%
3. Technical Management 15%
4. U.S. Government Information Assurance Related Policies and Issuances 20%
Total 100%

Please refer to the exam outline for more details.

ISSEP Exam Information

Length of exam     3 hours
Number of questions 150
Question format Multiple choice questions
Passing grade 700 out of 1000 points
Exam Language English
Testing center Pearson Vue Testing Center
Study tools

Official (ISC)² Training Seminar  

Exam outline


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