Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)


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Pass the (ISC)² CSSLP exam with the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) course and lab. The lab can be mapped to any course, textbook, or training, therefore, adding value and a hands-on component to training. The CSSLP training guide provides skills for the CSSLP exam topics and expertise in the areas such as security design principles, threat modeling, secure interface design, architectural risk assessment, code for security risks, dynamic application security testing (DAST), and many more.

Here's what you will get

The Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional certification is for information security professionals who act as leaders in the organization and play a key role in incorporating security into each phase of the software lifecycle. The CSSLP exam validates a candidate's skills and knowledge necessary for authentication, authorization, and auditing throughout the SDLC using best practices, policies, and procedures established by the cybersecurity experts at (ISC)².


21+ Lessons | 299+ Quizzes | 236+ Flashcards | 236+ Glossary of terms


100+ Pre Assessment Questions | 2+ Full Length Tests | 100+ Post Assessment Questions | 200+ Practice Test Questions

Here's what you will learn

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Lessons 1: Introduction

  • Why Focus on Software Development?
  • The Role of CSSLP
  • How to Use This Course?
  • The Examination
  • CSSLP (2020)

Lessons 2: General Security Concepts

  • General Security Concepts
  • Security Models
  • Adversaries
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 3: Risk Management

  • Definitions and Terminology
  • Types of Risk
  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance
  • Risk Management Models
  • Risk Options
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 4: Security Policies and Regulations

  • Regulations and Compliance
  • Legal Issues
  • Privacy
  • Security Standards
  • Secure Software Architecture
  • Trusted Computing
  • Acquisition
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 5: Software Development Methodologies

  • Secure Development Lifecycle
  • Secure Development Lifecycle Components
  • Software Development Models
  • Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 6: Policy Decomposition

  • Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability Requirements
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Auditing Requirements
  • Internal and External Requirements
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 7: Data Classification and Categorization

  • Data Classification
  • Data Ownership
  • Labeling
  • Types of Data
  • Data Lifecycle
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 8: Requirements

  • Functional Requirements
  • Operational Requirements
  • Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • Connecting the Dots
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 9: Design Processes

  • Attack Surface Evaluation
  • Threat Modeling
  • Control Identification and Prioritization
  • Risk Assessment for Code Reuse
  • Documentation
  • Design and Architecture Technical Review
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 10: Design Considerations

  • Application of Methods to Address Core Security Concepts
  • Interfaces
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 11: Securing Commonly Used Architecture

  • Distributed Computing
  • Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Rich Internet Applications
  • Pervasive/Ubiquitous Computing
  • Mobile Applications
  • Integration with Existing Architectures
  • Cloud Architectures
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 12: Technologies

  • Authentication and Identity Management
  • Credential Management
  • Flow Control (Proxies, Firewalls, Middleware)
  • Logging
  • Data Loss Prevention
  • Virtualization
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Trusted Computing
  • Database Security
  • Programming Language Environment
  • Operating Systems
  • Embedded Systems
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 13: Common Software Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures

  • CWE/SANS Top 25 Vulnerability Categories
  • OWASP Vulnerability Categories
  • Common Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures
  • Input Validation Failures
  • Common Enumerations
  • Virtualization
  • Embedded Systems
  • Side Channel
  • Social Engineering Attacks
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 14: Defensive Coding Practices

  • Declarative vs. Programmatic Security
  • Memory Management
  • Error Handling
  • Interface Coding
  • Primary Mitigations
  • Learning from Past Mistakes
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 15: Secure Software Coding Operations

  • Code Analysis (Static and Dynamic)
  • Code/Peer Review
  • Build Environment
  • Antitampering Techniques
  • Configuration Management: Source Code and Versioning
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 16: Security Quality Assurance Testing

  • Standards for Software Quality Assurance
  • Testing Methodology
  • Functional Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Environment
  • Bug Tracking
  • Attack Surface Validation
  • Testing Artifacts
  • Test Data Lifecycle Management
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 17: Security Testing

  • Scanning
  • Penetration Testing
  • Fuzzing
  • Simulation Testing
  • Testing for Failure
  • Cryptographic Validation
  • Regression Testing
  • Impact Assessment and Corrective Action
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 18: Secure Lifecycle Management

  • Introduction to Acceptance
  • Pre-release Activities
  • Post-release Activities
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 19: Secure Software Installation and Deployment

  • Secure Software Installation and Its Subsequent Deployment
  • Configuration Management
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 20: Secure Software Operations and Maintenance

  • Secure Software Operations
  • The Software Maintenance Process
  • Secure DevOps
  • Secure Software Disposal
  • Lesson Review

Lessons 21: Supply Chain and Software Acquisition

  • Supplier Risk Assessment
  • Supplier Sourcing
  • Software Development and Testing
  • Software Delivery, Operations, and Maintenance
  • Supplier Transitioning
  • Lesson Review

Hands-on LAB Activities (Performance Labs)

General Security Concepts

  • Understanding Security Design Tenets
  • Discussing About Access Control Models
  • Understanding Information Flow Models

Risk Management

  • Understanding Annualized Loss Expectancy

Security Policies and Regulations

  • Understanding Compliance-Based Assessment Regulations
  • Understanding PII and PHI
  • Understanding National Institute of Standards and Technology

Software Development Methodologies

  • Discussing About Software Development Methodologies
  • Understanding Secure Development Lifecycle Components
  • Understanding Software Development Models

Policy Decomposition

  • Understanding Access Control Mechanisms

Data Classification and Categorization

  • Understanding Data Classification Types
  • Understanding Data Ownership Roles


  • Understanding Functional Requirements
  • Understanding the Requirements Traceability Matrix

Design Processes

  • Understanding Documentation

Design Considerations

  • Discussing About Security Design Considerations

Securing Commonly Used Architecture

  • Understanding Distributed Computing Terms
  • Understanding the Enterprise Service Bus
  • Understanding Cloud Service Models


  • Understanding X.509 Digital Certificate Fields
  • Understanding Flow Control Technologies
  • Understanding Syslog
  • Understanding Trusted Computing Elements

Common Software Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures

  • Discussing About Software Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures
  • Understanding the Buffer Overflow Attack

Defensive Coding Practices

  • Understanding Imperative and Declarative Securities
  • Understanding Memory Management

Secure Software Coding Operations

  • Understanding Code Analysis Types

Security Quality Assurance Testing

  • Discussing About Security Quality Assurance Testing Methods
  • Understanding Functional Testing Types
  • Understanding Security Testing Types

Security Testing

  • Understanding the Attack Surface Analyzer
  • Understanding Regression Testing

Secure Lifecycle Management

  • Understanding Various Forms of Testing

Secure Software Installation and Deployment

  • Understanding Bootstrapping

Secure Software Operations and Maintenance

  • Understanding Operations/Maintenance Activities
  • Understanding the Software Disposal Process

Supply Chain and Software Acquisition

  • Discussing About Supplier Risk Assessment
  • Understanding Service Level Agreements

Exam FAQs

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Multiple choice questions

A candidate is required to have a minimum of four years of cumulative paid Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) professional work experience in one or more of the eight domains of the (ISC)2 CSSLP CBK, or three years of cumulative paid SDLC professional work experience in one or more of the eight domains of the CSSLP CBK with a four-year degree leading to a Baccalaureate, or regional equivalent in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT) or related fields.

The exam contains 125 questions.

180 minutes


Here is the retake policy:

  • If you don’t pass the exam the first time, you can retest after 30 days.
  • If you don’t pass a second time, you can retest after an additional 90 days.
  • If you don’t pass a third time, you can retest after 180 days from your most recent exam attempt.

Three years