Understanding the Differences and their True Value

There is a lot to know about the differences between the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM®)and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®).

I have a unique perspective regarding skills and credentials for the successful IT professional.  With a background in HR and IT Training, I’ve worked very closely with IT professionals of all levels; including, expert IT practitioners and IT executives, and I’ve learned the true value of certification.  So let me start there, since both of these certifications are of great value.

Certification Basics
Certification proves your experience and knowledge to prospective companies, and the companies most certainly look to hire people with key experience and associated certifications.  For companies, certification provides a validated knowledge base, higher quality work ethics, and equates to more value to their customers.

Top Security Certifications
The CISM and the CISSP are considered the top recognized security certifications in the world.  The demand for skilled information security professionals continues to be on the rise, with the on-going worldwide security crisis.

2017 IT Skills & Salary Report® from Global Knowledge reports salaries of CISM at $128, 156 and CISSP at $121, 729, respectively.  (Depending on personal experience level, the corporation and location.)

Difficult Exams for sure!

Both certifications are very difficult examinations:

*CISM is 4 hours/150 questions= requires a score of 450 or more to pass.
*CISSP is 6 hours/250 questions = requires a minimum of 70% to pass.

The Main Difference between the CISM and the CISSP

Okay, now the main difference between the two:

*CISM is business-oriented and focuses on information risk management while addressing: management, design, and technical security issues at the conceptual level. It is aimed at the management-level IS Professional who must maintain a big picture view by managing, designing, overseeing, and assessing an enterprise’s information security.  It is for the management-level IS professional looking to further develop their management skills.

*CISSP is more technically oriented, with a broader focus —  covering in-depth critical security topics such as: security & risk management, asset security, security engineering, communication & network security, identity & access management, security assessment & testing, security operations and software development security. Titles include: security consultant, security manager, IT director/manager, security auditor/architect/analyst, security consultant, security systems engineer, CISO, director of security, vp of security, network architect, IS director/manager.

Comparing the Two…  side-by-side:

*CISM has 4 domains providing a management level of information security.
*CISSP has 8 domains providing a deeper knowledge of information systems security.

Both the CISM and the CISSP require at least 5 years of specific work experience in the information security sector.

CISSP requires experience in two of the 8 domains, but only the CISM requires 3 of the 5 years to be specifically information security management  work related experience.

Obtaining CISSP certification demonstrates required experience for the job, both in terms of years in the industry and as practical knowledge of the topic.

Maintaining the CISM and the CISSP:

Congrats! Now that you’ve earned this highly acclaimed credential, what do you need to do to keep it!

*CISM requires an individual to earn a minimum of twenty (20) continuing professional education hours annually and one hundred and twenty (120) continuing professional education hours for every three-year cycle.

*CISSP requires re-certification every 3 years by participation in research or study, attendance at recognized subject-matter training and professional educational programs, presentation or publication of information security papers, contributions to the information security Common Body of Knowledge, and service in professional organizations.

Bottom line, the CISM and the CISSP complement each other. They are important independently, and together; each is a force to be reckoned with! They prove competency and excellence. They are highly coveted computer security certifications.

True Value:
As cyber security attacks continue to grow, organizations value of certified computer security professionals will too, and they will continue to be the fastest growing certifications in the IT industry.

MEGAMIND Training Institute
As a vendor-neutral training organization, Megamind offers training for the CISSP and the CISM.  They are equally very beneficial. Megamind offers a 3-Day, 5-Day Boot Camp Training and a 2-Day Prep Exam Live, Online Virtual Training for both the CISSP and the CISM, and they are both available worldwide, including onsite.
To schedule an onsite send an email to:


7 Days of CISM Training for $595
Available until MAY 16, 2018

Subscribe to attend the 5-Day CISM COMBO Class Training Pre-Recorded On-Demand Webinar ($595),
you’ll have access for up to 3 months!

PLUS, you’ll be able to
attend the LIVE, ONLINE
CISM Prep Exam Training w Krag Brotby
(standard tuition is $495 for the 2-day CISM Prep).

Choose one of the following classes in 2018:

*January 27-28, 2018*
* April 14-15, 2018 *
* May 19-20, 2018 *
* September 15-16, 2018 *
* December 8-9, 2018 *

Available until MAY 16, 2018

2 Easy Steps:

    5-day CISM COMBO Pre-Recorded Webinars


2-day CISM PREP EXAM Live, ONLINE Training

Taught by Krag Brotby CISM, CGEIT

2018 Schedule:
All training classes are now OPEN:

2-day CISM Prep Training (Live, Online)
January 27-28, 2018*
*April 14-15, 2018 *
* May 19-20, 2018 *
* September 15-16, 2018 *
* December 8-9, 2018 *

$350 Early Bird
(until: Jan 26, Apr 12, May 17, Sept 13, Dec 6, 2018)
$495 after early bird



(Pre-Recorded Webinars)

ON DEMAND Webinar: Attend as often as you wish.
Taught by security expert: Krag Brotby CISM, CGEIT
3-day Intensive CISM Boot Camp – Foundation Training (18 hours)
2-day CISM Prep Exam Training (12 hours)
TUITION: 3 month subscription = $595



2-day CISSP PREP EXAM Live, ONLINE Training
Taught by Adrian Mikeliunas, CISSP, CISA, CLP

All Training Classes are now Open for Registration:

*June 23-24, 2018 *   
*November 10-11, 2018 *

$350 Early Bird  (until June 21, 2018 * November 8, 2018)
$495 after Early bird



Megamind reserves the right to cancel or postpone
any scheduled training class.

CISM® is a Registered Trademark  and Certification of ISACA
CISSP® is a Registered Trademark and Certification of (ISC)²