Pass the CISM exam at the first attempt

With a growing demand for people with Information Security (IS) Management skills, CISM has become a leading international IS certification designed for those who manage, design, oversee or assess an organisation’s information security.

The CISM Exam Preparation course is an on demand four-day instructor-led classroom session that provides a comprehensive revision programme for the key job practice knowledge domains and exam preparation exercises designed to ensure that delegates pass the exam at the first attempt. Course provides intensive revision for the challenging CISM exam, moving you closer to achieving the known benefits of CISM certification such as higher earning potential and career advancement.

“The CISM certification promotes international practices and provides executive management with assurance that those earning the designation have the required experience and knowledge to provide effective security management and consulting services.” (ISACA)

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During the course you will get personal handy hints and tips from the trainer. This will increase your chances in passing the exam at first try.

What will you learn?

This course provides the core CISM competencies required by professionals planning to sit the CISM exam, and prepares you for the exam in a systematic and comprehensive way. Programme mirrors the examination structure and covers following the four CISM job practice domains:

  • Domain 1 – Information Security Governance (24%)
  • Domain 2 – Information Risk Management and Compliance (33%)
  • Domain 3 – Information Security Program Development and Management (25%)
  • Domain 4 – Information Security Incident Management (18%)

The percentages indicate the emphasis of questions on the exam paper. During the course you will cover the following aspects for each Domain:

  • Definition
  • Objectives
  • Task and knowledge statements
  • Practice exam questions

Study programme includes:

  • An initial CISM knowledge assessment
  • Classroom presentations of key topics
  • Individual/team exercises and discussion sessions
  • Final exam preparation with example practice questions

Who should attend?

  • CSOs, CISOs and CIOs
  • Security professionals with front-line experience
  • Security auditors
  • Information security staff
  • Compliance personnel
  • Information security managers
  • Information security assurance providers
  • Risk managers

This course is designed for IT professionals preparing to take the ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) examination, which is held in June and December each year. Successful candidates who pass the exam and have at least three years of relevant work experience will be awarded the CISM qualification.

The CISM exam

The CISM examination runs a multiple-choice format and consists of a 4-hour paper. The examination tests the candidate’s knowledge of Information System Security, Information Security, Information Security Management principles and practices, as well as technical content areas.

The CISM exam is not included in this training course and candidates must book their June or December exam session directly with ISACA. My personal training experience shows that delegates have the highest chance of success if they sit the exam approximately two to four weeks after completing the training course.

Exam dates

The exam is not taken during this training course. It needs to be booked directly with ISACA. There are strict booking dates for the exam, with an advance registration deadline date.

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Mirosław Dąbrowski

Mirosław Dąbrowski

Agile/PPM/IT/Security Trainer & Speaker

CISM Review Manual

A copy of the current CISM Review Manual is essential for any exam candidate. Unless you already have your own copy, you have the option to purchase the CISM Review Manual on official ISACA CISM website.

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CISM Exam Prep presentation sample

CISM domains

Domain 1

Information Security Governance

Domain 2

Information Risk Management and Compliance

Domain 3

Information Security Program Development and Management

Domain 4

Information Security Incident Management

This course is part of our ISACA Examination Preparation Programme which designed to provide an intensive and complete preparation to help delegates pass the CISA, CISM, CGEIT or CRISC exams.