Below you have a short list of some of the leading books for your studies:


The new official ISC2 Study Book for the Cissp Exam Seventh Edition

The best Study Book as a companion to your certification preparation is at the moment is the new Sybex CISSP (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional OFFICIAL study guide, Seventh Edition.   

I recommend you get the Kindle version which is very inexpensive and it will save you significant time when you look for specific topics as you do quizzes.  See the details below:

The kindle version comes with tons of resources on the Publisher Website.  
You get access to:
  • More than 1,400 practice questions
  • More than 600 electronic flashcards
  • Searchable key term glossary
  • Interactive test engine
This is the book that ISC2 has endorsed and recommend today.

It is by far a lot better than the previous OFFICIAL study guide from ISC2.  This book is your study book and the 4th Edition book from ISC2 is what they call the encyclopedia of topics,  mostly a checklist to see what is applicable to the exam.




NOTE FROM CLEMENT:  This book is a great book from my friend Eric Conrad for whom I have a lot of respect. He's a great author, instructor, security professional, and above all a great person.   


This is a smaller book compare to most of the other book.  Eric likes to concentrate on what he calls TESTABLE content.  The topics that are most likely to show up on the exam without any fluff.

Eric is a great writer and has a unique ability to explain very complex topics in simple terms. This book is highly appreciated by people who have dozens of years of experience.  If you have a lot of experience in more than half of the domains, this may be a good choice for you.

This book covers about 96% of what is needed for the exam. There are some topics missing from the book that could show up on the exam. However, someone with dozens of years of experience would know those topics for sure.

Overall a great book that I also highly recommend for your studies.

Syngress CISSP Study Guide by Eric Conrad Third Edition

Syngress CISSP Study Guide Third Edition
by Eric Conrad
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The ISC2 Guide to the CISSP CBK Fourth Edition

The Official ISC2 Guide to the CISSP CBK Fourth Edition
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This book is the official study book directly from the certification body maintaining the CISSP® certification.

It is a fairly large book. However, there are quite a few of the pages at the back that are for glossary of terms, answers to the quiz questions, which leaves us with about 1069 pages of content on the 8 domains of the new CBK.

The fourth edition is larger in size than the third edition. One of the main reason is the font being use is a lot larger which has significantly increased the number of pages compared with older edition of the book.

This book is the most accurate checklist of the topics that could be seen on the exam. It is not an easy read, it was created by dozens of authors all writing their part of the book. So the tone and style changes as you progress through the book.  ISC2 refer to it as the encyclopedia of topics.

ISC2 has hired Adam Gordon to update the content and to add the new topics that were added within the new CBK.

If you have lots of information security experience and you have been studying with the old version, you would still be fine with the old book to prepare for you exam. There is so little that has changed that it does not really justify buying a new version of the book. See my posting about what was added at the link below, all you have to do is supplement you old book with your own research on those new topics and you would be fine. See the list of new topics at: