Most CISSP certification books delve into minute detail and fail to focus on presenting material in a logical, clear, and concise manner, easily causing distraction.

Optimize your study period by enjoying any of the excellent books and study guides in this list of the top 8 CISSP certification books.

Top 8 CISSP Certification Books for the Information Systems Security Professional

CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, 6th Edition1. CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, 6th Edition by Shon Harris

This is the only CISSP certification book you will need to pass the exam. Everything is covered in the ample amount of detail and is very well-explained even for those who may be  unfamiliar with technology and all the domains. It also provides great examples and excellent scenarios of different security concepts.

CISSP Practice Exams, Second Edition2. CISSP Practice Exams, Second Edition by Shon Harris

This CISSP certification book is a great way to prepare. You will thoroughly enjoy reading the justification it makes for each of the answers and why a particular choice is right or wrong. It really drives home the defining reasons and pinpoint what you need to go focus on and study, which is is critical for exam preparation.

CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional Study Guide3. CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional Study Guide by James M. Stewart, Mike Chapple and Darril Gibson

It’s well structured, concise, and easy to follow, with enough information to get you on your way to becoming a CISSP. The authors of this CISSP certification book do a phenomenal job in organizing the CBKs. This book is excellent material for discussing the topics that you should know!

CISSP for dummies4. CISSP For Dummies by Miller and Peter Gregory

A worthwhile reference, this CISSP certification book provides a thorough overview of the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).  It offers a great balance between depth and breath, and it refrains from getting bogged down by minutia like some other study guides. It also includes a 250-question practice test which can give you a relatively good feel for how likely you are to pass the exam.

Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Second Edition ((ISC)2 Press)5. Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Second Edition ((ISC)2 Press) by Steven Hernandez CISSP

The essential reference, this CISSP certification book includes reasonable explanations of technical concepts, security-related principles, and laws. It presents the material in a very logical and direct manner. The highlights and sample questions are similar to those provided in the exam, which is extremely helpful when preparing for the actual test.

CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition6. CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition by Shon Harris

This CISSP certification book flows like a conversation. Shon Harris, the author, did a good job of gathering all the information domains needed for CISSP and discussing them in a less formal and often humorous way, instead of continuously inundating you with facts like you are a computer. The real world analogies included to explain processes are also spot on.

Eleventh Hour CISSP7. Eleventh Hour CISSP: Study Guide (Syngress Eleventh Hour) by Eric Conrad, Seth Misenar and Joshua Feldman

This CISSP certification book is well-suited for a a good review a few days after weeks or months of studying or as 24-48 hour review before your exam. The authors do a great job of separating the needed key information from the CBK for the exam, and they don’t waste your time with lengthy explanations.

CISSP Exam Cram (3rd Edition)8. CISSP Exam Cram (3rd Edition) by Michael Gregg

Pass the test on your first try after reviewing this CISSP certification book. It is a must-have for test preparation, with great material that teaches youexactly how to take the CISSP exam. Highly recommended, this study guide as a reference offers coverage and practice questions for every topic of the exam, including encryption, information lifecycles, cloud security, security management/governance, and others.

Any of these CISSP certification books can be crucial in test prep and helping you pass that tough CISSP test, even on your first try! Which of these books have you found most helpful? Leave me a comment below and let me know.