CISSP-ISSMP: Information Systems Security Management Professional

Where Technology Meets Leadership

The CISSP-ISSMP credential contains deep managerial elements, such as project management, risk management, setting up and delivering a security awareness program, and managing a business continuity planning program. An ISSMP establishes, presents, and governs information security programs demonstrating management and leadership skills. Typically the ISSMP certification holder or candidate will construct the framework of the information security department and define the means of supporting the group internally. ISSMPs have a far more well-rounded and complete comprehension of information security than other popular management credentials.  

Who should obtain the ISSMP certification?

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

  • Chief information officer
  • Chief information security officer
  • Chief technology officer
  • Senior security executive

Candidates must be a CISSP in good standing and have 2 years cumulative paid full-time work experience in 1 or more of the 6 domains of the CISSP-ISSMP CBK. 

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 ISSMP CBK?

The ISSMP examination domains and weights are:

Domains Weights
1. Security Leadership and Management 38%
2. Security Lifecycle Management 21%
3. Security Compliance Management 14%
4. Contingency Management  12%
5. Law, Ethics and Incident Management 15%
Total 100%

Please refer to the exam outline for more details.

ISSMP Exam Information

Length of exam     3 hours
Number of questions 125
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 Guide to the CISSP-ISSMP CBK Textbook

Official (ISC)² Training Seminar  

Exam outline


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