June 12 2017

CISM exam passed

Last week I passed the ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) exam, and thought I could share some information on the resources I used to study:

  • Two months before the exam, I started to listen to and watch the Cybrary CISM training course videos.  About 8 hours of content all up, these were fantastic to listen to on the train or while driving to work.  Well presented, good coverage of the material and also free – although I did end up making a donation.  Download the app or use the website –  https://www.cybrary.it/course/cism/
  • A month before the exam I attended a 5 days CISM course run by ALC training in Melbourne.  This was a great course and provided online and paper study material that I used for the next month.  https://www.alctraining.com.au/course/cism-certified-information-security-manager/
  • ISACA self assessment test – I used this 50 question test to see where I should concentrate my efforts – http://www.isaca.org/certification/cism-certified-information-security-manager/prepare-for-the-exam/pages/cism-self-assessment.aspx
  • CISM Review Manual 15th Edition – fantastic study guide covering the content in great detail.  Well laid out so you can quickly find sections and terms that you want to focus in on.
  • CISM Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual 9th Edition – well worth spending the time to go through some practice questions to prepare yourself for the formatting of the questions.  Again I used this to work out areas I needed to focus on.

All the study in the world doesn’t replace experience, I’d been lucky enough to have been applying most of this content in my day-to-day job already, so I didn’t find the exam too far removed from decisions I’d make on a daily basis.

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Posted June 12, 2017 by danovich in category "Geek", "Security


  1. By Jojo on

    Congratulation! I am taking the exam in August and I am so stressed… Did you read the whole CRM book? Or did you focus of some specific areas? Time is getting close and I don’t see how I can read the whole book.. Can you tell me what to focus the most on the book please!!

    1. By danovich (Post author) on

      As the comment below (decade x) suggests, start with the self assessment and focus where you are weak

  2. By decade x on

    People want to solicit a personal response and that might not always be possible. The ISACA self assessment test is a good place to start. Focus on the areas where you are weak.

  3. By Ashief Ahmed on

    Hi Sir, could you please send me the CISM review manual and question manual via email?


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