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13 Mar 2018

CISSP curriculum and the April 15, 2018 exam update


As of April 15, 2018, the CISSP exam will be based on a refreshed Exam Outline.  The differences between the April 2015 and April 2018 Exam Outlines are not extensive. In most cases, they involve minor adjustments to domain organization and weighting, as well as some re-wording of the domain descriptions.  In many cases, the new wording aligns the Exam Outline with material that is already included in the Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK), Fourth Edition and thus is already discussed in the current courseware.

Because the (ISC)² refreshes the CISSP exam items annually, the effective difference in the actual item pool in the April 2018 exam is expected to be comparable to any normal year-over-year exam change.

According to the (ISC)², the CISSP exam is experience-based. Success on the exam is not tied to the use of specific study materials. A qualified candidate with the appropriate experience in the exam domains should be confident of success on the CISSP exam either before or after the April exam update.

Logical Operations will add a brief Appendix to the current CISSP 4th Edition courseware manual prior to the release of the new exam.  This short Appendix will offer guidance regarding the small number of incremental new coverage areas on the 2018 exam outline. Overall, we believe that the Logical Operations CISSP courseware effectively addresses the material in both the 2015 and 2018 versions of the Exam Outline.

The (ISC)² plans to publish an update to the official Guide to the CISSP CBK in the summer of 2018.  As with the 2015 domain refresh, Logical Operations will release a new edition of our CISSP curriculum after the updated CBK Guide is available.

For more information on the April 2018 CISSP domain refresh, see the (ISC)² FAQ page at

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