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Essential CISM has been written with a single goal in mind - to present the CISM material in a way that is easy to absorb without leaving any content behind. Plenty of examples are included to drive the points home so that when it comes time to take the CISM exam, you are ready! 

This exam guide covers all four ISACA domains, including: 

  • Information security governance
  • Information risk management
  • Information security program development and management
  • Information security incident management 

The book is broken down into two sections. 

Section 1 covers basic concepts you will need to understand before hitting each domain. The CISM official exam guide is overwhelmingly redundant across the domains, and so in this book you will encounter each topic once instead of having to rehash the same subject in different (and chaotic) ways. By the time you start covering the domains, you will already be 60 percent of the way there! 

Section 2 presents the four domains and ties together the concepts covered in Section 1, plus subjects that are unique to each domain. 

Please note that chapters may not have a descriptive name as displayed on your mobile device - this is limitation of the publisher platform. However, each chapter will always start with the title being read aloud, so it should be fairly simple to scan through chapters when you wish to revisit a subject.

©2018 Phil Martin (P)2018 Phil Martin

What listeners say about Essential CISM: Updated for the 15th Edition CISM Review Manual

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Great Indepth concepts for a starter

Great Indepth concepts for a starter who wants to know Information Security from scratch. It will help develop good understanding on the subject

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  • Alex Syvorotka
  • 06-05-2019

Helpful as an addition for the CISM exam Prep.

Helpful as an addition for the CISM exam Prep.
Narration is not professional, but quite okay. The content is stiff, but if you need a refresher before an ISACA CISM exam, then this audiobook will fit the purpose.
Other than that, or if you're trying to familiarize yourself with the topics, it would be quite hard without visual material, such as a paper book.

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  • MvD (the Netherlands)
  • 31-10-2019

Well explained and read!!!

This Audiobook is a good starting point for your CISM certification. While doing, whatever it is you are doing, you can listen to the information shared. Nice book (I also bought a physical copy).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-2021

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Would be great if you can indicate which chapter belongs to which domain so that we can focus when required.

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  • Roger Swanson
  • 14-02-2021

great Audio book for CISM info

I am using this book to review CISM content while working on other tasks for effectively using my time to prepare for reading and practice tests.

this is a great tool to help learn the materials and help get topics to sink in as a normal thought process in approaching CISM cybersecurity.

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  • Jack W. Ferry
  • 05-06-2019

a good audible book on security to get you trained

you want to listen to this book a second time because it takes several days if not a couple of weeks to hear this an hour half an hour at a time so going over it and over it would definitely help fix the sink in but get the book too.

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  • Thomas C. Becker
  • 26-05-2019

You Need This

Excellent. Phil delivers concepts in a way that is not too complex nor too simple. You'll want to listen to everything, but you probably won't need to hear it more than once. Listen to what Phil has to say from beginning to end and commit yourself to at least a moderate focus on the content. Assuming you have at least some experience/knowledge in the field, if you do this, 10 minutes into the exam you'll be confident that you're well prepared to pass it.

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  • Mr E Hall
  • 18-11-2018

Helped me pass CISM

Because of my daily commute time, this audio book became a daily listen in the month leading up to the exam, and certainly helped me achieve a good score. Thank you Phil Martin.

I believe the best way to pass exams like CISM is to use multiple study resources. This audiobook alone is not enough for such a tough exam, but its a great addition to other resources. I have used Phil's audiobooks for both CISA and CISM, and both were great resources.

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  • PixxieStyxs
  • 21-02-2019

Ridicules examples are not relevant.

the ridicules and absolutely stupid examples actually distract from learning the material. The examples used in the book are not at all relevant to information security are so bad I found my mind wandering and I had to force myself to focus to try and pick up on the relevant material.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-03-2021

A very good overview containing detail and context

CISM can be challenging to fully understand but this Audible book breaks the subject matter down quite well and the explanations are quite clear.

The narrator has a broad Texan accent that can be slow, dry and underwhelming at times. I would therefore only listen to this in small chunks, in order to maintain your concentration. However, it is certainly worth purchasing if you wish to study CISM.

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  • Monsur
  • 26-05-2020

good audio to get

It's very straightforward and easy to understand. I recommend for anyone planning for the exam

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