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Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

The Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®) certification program is developed specifically for experienced information security managers and those who have information security management responsibilities. The CISM certification is for the individual who manages, designs, oversees and/or assesses an enterprise's information security (IS). The CISM certification promotes international practices and provides executive management with assurance that those earning the designation have the required experience and knowledge to provide effective security management and consulting services.
Certification Summary
Examination Papers & Topics
There is only one examination paper for the CISM examination.
The CISM exam covers five information security management areas, representing a job practice analysis of the work performed by information security managers as validated by prominent industry leaders, subject matter experts and industry practitioners: 
  • Information Security Governance (23%)
  • Information Risk Management (22%)
  • Information Security Program Development (17%)
  • Information Security Program Management (24%)
  • Incident Management and Response (14%)
Examination Style
Each exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions given over a four-hour period
Examination Passing Score
Candidate scores are reported as a scaled scored. A scaled score is a conversion of a candidate’s raw score on an exam to a common scale. ISACA uses and reports scores on a common scale from 200 to 800. A candidate must receive a score of 450 or higher to pass the exam.
Examination & Results Dates
  • CISM Examination is taking place twice a year in June & December
  • The exam results will be released approximately eight (8) weeks from the date of the exam
Examination Mode Computer-based
Areas of Specialization
  • Information Technology
Professional Body Information System Auditing & Control Association
Location of Incorporation United States