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Viewer II

CISSP-Passed- Sharing

My fellow security folks

 

I have passed my CISSP over the weekend. Wanted to share few  experiences and the approach i took , with the intent of helping others waiting to take the exam

 

I have gone through 

1) Official Guide( this is a very disjointed narrative )

2) Shon ( in bits and pieces , especially where i felt i needed depth) - Shon - bless her departed soul.

3) Cram - ( he has a unique concise way of aggregating information)

4) The videos from MFPRD(i think)  on youtube - very well prepared, i think they are form the stable of Shon and her team - the presenter is extremely knowledgeable and has an excellent way of explaining the concept 

5) I did literally 1000's and 1000's of practice questions

 

In spite of all this it was my personal experience which probably played the biggest role in me getting through this. This is most challenging test i have ever taken and really tested me

 

All the practice questions i took, didn't even give the remotest preparation of the challenging nature of the kind of questions we run into on the actual test

I spent about 5 weeks preparing for this test - of course almost 8 hours a day - i took this as a challenge and was on a mission

 

SO now , what i feel would best server other  aspirants

 

Spend a lot more time in getting the concepts and processes and procedures down - especially first go through Shon - put in the time in a methodical fashion , then get to official body of knowledge . I know some recommend going through the questions at the end of the chapter first before studying - it might be a good idea to do that

 

Then you go through the other study material and do watch those videos on MFPRD or sign up on safaribooks online where you get access to multiple resources 

 

The way i felt this prep works is, you need go deep into the understanding - like mile deep , form the foundation then come back up and go across laterally , and while you are at it , pull in your life time professional experience  and then you might be prepared for this test. I am not trying to scare you, but this is one hell of a test and especially manage your time on the test. You need to understand the question, relate it to your knowledge, then chose the answer, all under a buck and change.

I was given my provisional pass at 100th question .....took 2 hours.

 

If anyone need any suggestions please feel free to send me a message, i would help to the best of my ability

 

Wish you all the preparation ( No Goodluck will save you here)

 

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Viewer II

Re: CISSP-Passed- Sharing

corrected the thread heading , it is CISSP

Contributor I

Re: CISSP-Passed- Sharing

Congratulations! It's a long pull, but well worth the effort.

Newcomer II

Re: CISSP-Passed- Sharing

Congrats! 

Newcomer III

Re: CISSP-Passed- Sharing

Congratulations! Welcome to the club Smiley Happy

I would recommend the videos by “Kelly Handerhan” as well which can be found at Cybrary. She explains it clearly and gives practical examples which helps me a lot.
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Viewer III

Re: CISSP-Passed- Sharing

Congratz! It's quite the task. Having recently passed CISSP myself, I found the training video from plursalsight helped me.

Newcomer I

Re: CISSP-Passed- Sharing

Congratulations!

Certified Information Systems Security Professional is an independent information security certification granted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)².

Contributor II

Re: CISSP-Passed- Sharing

Excellent points! 

 

A big one that helped me was knowing that one of the answers was going to be marked right, so I had to try and pin that one down and weed out the others.

 

Taking the test is like BRASS: Breathe, Relax, Aim, Slack, Squeeze.

 

On to the next.

 

Best.

Contributor I

Re: CISSP-Passed- Sharing

Good job. Every test will seem easier than that one!