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The objective of this book, in combination with the questions available to you online, is to prepare you for the CISSP exam by familiarizing you with the more difficult and tricky types of questions that may come up on the multiple-choice portion of the CISSP exam. The questions in this book delve into the more complex topics of the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) you may be faced with when you take the CISSP exam.

We’ve developed this book to be used with the CISSP All-In-One Exam Guide (McGraw-Hill/Professional, 2010) and the online questions at The best approach to prepare for the exam using all of the material available to you is outlined here:

  1. Review the questions and answers in this book.

  2. If further explanation of the material is required, review the corresponding material in the CISSP All-In-One Exam Guide book.

  3. Review all of the questions available online at

  4. As part of your self-study process, listen to the MP3 files, also available at

  5. Each week, review the CISSP Question of the Week available at

Because the primary focus of the book is to help you pass the test, we cover all aspects of the CISSP exam in the combination of this book, the CISSP All-In-One Exam Guide, the online questions, and the online MP3 files. It is critical for you to use all of these available tools to be successful in achieving your certification.

Because each question in the book includes a detailed explanation of why one choice was the correct answer and why each of the other choices was incorrect, we believe this book will serve as a valuable professional resource after your exam.

In This Book

We’ve organized this book so that each chapter consists of a battery of practice exam questions representing a single CISSP exam domain, appropriate for experienced information security professionals as well as newcomers to security-related concepts. Each chapter covers a major domain of the exam, with the answer explanations providing the emphasis on the “why” as well as the “how-to” of working with and supporting the technology and concepts.

On the Web

More than 1,000 CISSP questions written by Shon Harris and more than 30 hours of lecture by Shon Harris are available to you for free with the purchase of this book. You should use these tools along with the material in this book to best prepare you for the CISSP exam. You’ll find the online questions and the MP3 audio files at

Shon Harris also releases a new CISSP question at least once a week so that you have a constant stream of practice questions to work with. You’ll find these weekly questions at

For more information on the free online practice exams, please refer to the Appendix “About the Free Online Practice Exams and MP3s” at the back of this book.

In Every Chapter

We’ve created a set of chapter components that call your attention to the key steps of the testing and review process, and provide helpful exam-taking hints. Take a look at what you’ll find in every chapter:

  • Every chapter includes practice exam questions from one Certification Objective Domain. Drill down on the types of questions from each domain that you will need to know how to answer in order to pass the exam.

  • The Practice Exam Questions are similar to those found on the certification exams, and are meant to present you with some of the most common and confusing problems that you may encounter when taking a live exam. Questions are designed to help you anticipate what the exam will emphasize, and getting inside the exam with good practice questions will help ensure you know what you need to know to pass the exam.

  • Each question is followed up by an In-Depth Answer Explanation—explanations are provided for both the correct and incorrect answers, and can be found at the end of each chapter. By reading the answer explanations, you’ll reinforce what you’ve learned from answering the questions in that chapter, while also becoming familiar with the structure of the exam questions.

  • Each chapter includes a Quick Answer Key, which provides the question number and the corresponding letter for the correct answer only. This allows you to score your answers quickly before you begin your review.

  • Once you’ve completed every chapter exam, you’re ready to move on to the Online Exams. The online exams are provided in a live quiz format and are meant to mimic the types of questions, by domain, that you will find on the live exam.

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