Look at the value that having a CISSP credential brings and decide if it is worth pursuing based on your current situation and career path. Do you need the CISSP credential because not having it is costing you, not getting the raise, not qualifying for the job? Is not having the CISSP credential getting in the way of you enjoying your career and life?
The way I look at cost for studying for the CISSP exam is by breaking it down into:
Cost of the exam, practice tests, review course and books.
Cost for time spending studying for the exam.
The cost for the exam is US $599.00 which is a 6 hour exam. The cost of a good review course is between US $2500 to US $3500. Books cost about US $200 and about another US $150 for practice exams. To study for the exam you will have to set aside about 150 to 200 hours.
To the above I will add the cost of coffee and Red Bull or your beverage of choice. In the end is worth spending all this studying for the CISSP exam and I will say YES. It is totally worth it. You will need to decide for yourself, but as you are reading this I assume that you are interested in the information security field and a seriously considering studying for the CISSP exam. So my advice to you is just do it!
The benefits of the CISSP exam far outweigh the costs of the CISSP exam. Passing the CISSP exam will open many doors for you as it did for me. The CISSP is still the gold standard for security certifications and totally worth having.
Leave a comment below and tell me why you are studying for the CISSP exam and the benefits you perceive.
I’m Niloufer Tamboly. I write about anything that interests me, and help IT security professionals pass the CISSP exam. I am a community leader and co-founder of (ISC)2 New Jersey Chapter and mentor students and professionals. When I am not at my day job or spending time with my family. I enjoy travelling, photography and listening to music. If you have a question either about the CISSP exam send me an email hello AT This Domain. Niloufer Tamboly, CISSP, CPA, CISA, CIA, CFE, CGMA