Any CISSP Training program offered by different academic training providers should be concerned with the ten domains of the ISC2 Common Body of Knowledge (or CBK). ISC2 CBK encompasses issues regarding access control, applications security, business continuity, cryptography, law and ethics of IS (information security), operations security, environmental security, security architectural design, principles of security management, and telecom-network security.

How does one obtain CISSP training? You can look for various accredited training providers who offer CISSP training through boot camp classes, or the interactive self-study format. In boot camp training, it usually takes a student six days to learn and maximize knowledge absorption. CISSP boot camps may provide practical review seminars, advanced instruction, and practice tests in one package (where the costs of travel and lodging are included in the tuition.) However, if you pursue interactive self-study, a student can just use interactive CD-ROMS (wherein the different CBK domains are loaded), complemented by use of the CBK instructional book. If you sign up for a real class, make sure it comes with a money-back guarantee if you are not happy with the training you got.

How does one discriminate which training provider gives the best CISSP training?  First, confirm the credentials of your IS guru. You may find that a good IS guru has CISSP or Microsoft certification. He is also mainly concerned with delivering content about CBK security domains in accordance with the course materials provided. Be cautious of some schools that do switch-selling. Secondly, consider if the course was modified solely from a book  if so, it probably has conventional content sourced from coverage of the ten CBK domains.

You must be sure that the training provider offers an easy-to-follow course guide so you can discern the coverage about each CBK domain. This makes review easier later on. Furthermore, the school must make it a point to avoid providing ambiguous test questions. And the school must thoroughly evaluate how each student was able to absorb important topics through practice exams during class period.

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