Not all those who were called remain victorious. Indeed, reality bites at times when you least expected it. After months of training and preparation, there are still some CISSP hopefuls who unfortunately did not make it on as one of the A listers and be tagged as an information security expert.
It is indeed difficult to develop the skill sets needed in all ten CBK domains, which is the reason why only a few pass the CISSP exam of 250 multiple choice questions. Come to think of it, the answer is already listed as one of the four choices. But then again, it takes more than luck and guessing skill to succeed, specifically when it comes to domains that are seldom encountered like cryptography, physical security and system architecture.
It is because of these reasons that some CISSP hopefuls resort to brain dumping, a form of cheating commonly used in taking certification exams. Brain dumping happens when examination questions that are considered confidential are being memorized then dumped or recorded, in such a way that the examinee will find the answers to these questions and ensure him in getting a passing mark the next time that he will take the CISSP exam. This is something that most proctors prevent from happening due to the fact that exam questions rarely change. As a precautionary measure, exam administrators are strict in encouraging exam takers not to bring gadgets and other personal items such as mobile phones, digital cameras or PDAs inside the test area that may result to brain dumping. This is a best practice that everyone should comply to preserve the integrity of CISSP exam results.