CISSP Practice Exam: Free Online Sample Questions

Get Ready for the CISSP Exam with a Free Online Quiz

The CISSP is a globally recognized certification granted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)². This certification has become a prerequisite for many careers in information security. The CISSP covers eight broad domains, so it’s no surprise that preparing to take it can be a stressful and time-consuming experience.

To help you assess your readiness, we’ve developed a set of CISSP test questions and assembled them into a free online test exam. These CISSP sample questions cover key concepts in each of eight domains included in the CISSP exam:

  • Security and Risk Management
  • Asset Security
  • Security Engineering
  • Communications and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security and Assessment Testing
  • Security Operations
  • Software Development Security

After you answer each question, you’ll see the correct answer and the reasoning behind it, so you can improve your knowledge and be better prepared to answer the actual CISSP exam questions.

Taking this CISSP practice exam is a great opportunity to identify any knowledge gaps you have in each domain so you can refine your study strategy and show up on test day ready to answer the real CISSP exam questions with confidence.

Domain 1. Security and Risk Management

This section covers confidentiality, integrity, and availability concepts, security governance principles, compliance, legal and regulatory issues, professional ethic, security policies, standards, procedures and guidelines.

Domain 2. Asset Security

When we think about assets, some people consider only physical assets, such as buildings, land and computers. But asset security for the CISSP exam focuses on virtual assets such as intellectual property and data.

Domain 3. Security Engineering

This domain is more technical than some of the others. If you already work in a security engineering role, then you have an advantage in this domain. If you don’t, allocate extra time to be sure you have a firm understanding of the topics. Note that some of the concepts in this domain are foundational in nature, so you’ll find aspects of them throughout the other domains.

Domain 4. Communications and Network Security

Networking can be one of the most complex topics on the CISSP exam. If you are lucky enough to have a network background, then you won’t find this domain difficult. However, if your background doesn’t have much networking, spend extra time in this section and consider diving deep into topics that still don’t make sense after you go through this section.

Domain 5. Identity and Access Management

This section covers technologies and concepts related to authentication and authorization, for example, usernames, passwords and directories. While it isn’t a huge domain, it is technical and there are many important details related to the design and implementation of the technologies.

Domain 6. Security Assessment and Testing

This section covers assessments and audits, along with all the technologies and techniques you will be expected to know to perform them.

Domain 7. Security Operations

This domain is focused on the day-to-day tasks of securing your environment. If you are in a role outside of operations (such as in engineering or architecture), you should spend extra time in this section to ensure familiarity with the information. You’ll notice more “hands on” sections in this domain, specifically focused on how to do things instead of the design or planning considerations found in previous domains.

Domain 8. Software Development Security

This domain focuses on managing the risk and security of software development. Security should be a focus of the development lifecycle, and not an add-on or afterthought to the process. The development methodology and lifecycle can have a big effect on how security is thought of and implemented in your organization. The methodology also ties into the environment that the software is being developed for. Organizations should ensure that access to code repositories is limited to protect their investment in software development. Access and protection should be audited on a regular basis. You must also take into consideration the process of acquiring a development lifecycle, whether from another company, or picking up a development project that is already in progress.

We hope our free practice questions have helped you on your way toward getting your CISSP certification.

If you’re still worried you won’t ace the test, check out the seven tips from Matt Middleton-Leal, a CISSP-certified pro, for how to pass the CISSP exam on your first attempt. And don’t forget to explore other resources: take a look at our list of top 10 study guides and training materials for CISSP certification. But is CISSP worth it? Take a look at the list of benefits that the CISSP credential has brought to three cybersecurity experts

Feel free to share your feedback and suggestions in the comments section below. Best wishes on the exam!

Please note: Passing these practice exams does not guarantee success in passing the actual CISSP certification exam, which contains 100-150 questions and takes 3 hours, but it should give you a good indication of your readiness to take that exam.

Product Evangelist at Netwrix Corporation, writer, and presenter. Ryan specializes in evangelizing cybersecurity and promoting the importance of visibility into IT changes and data access. As an author, Ryan focuses on IT security trends, surveys, and industry insights.