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Re: CISSPs: How did you prepare for the CCSP exam?

I took a 7 day bootcamp that was intense. Exam was on the last day. For me it was an excellent way to learn and was very effective. But that intensity isn't for the faint of heart. We were in class 8:00 am - 9:00 pm each day Mon-Fri and again from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm on Saturday. The test was on Sunday. My wife always has fun when we watch a TV show based in Boston (where my class was). She asks if I saw whatever we saw on TV when I was there. I flew in on Sunday night before class started. Never left the hotel until the following Monday morning at 0600 (it was dark when I left too). I literally didn't see ANY of Boston while there!
Todd A Voge
CISSP, CISM, CCFE, CDRP
todd@vcsconsult.com
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Re: CISSPs: How did you prepare for the CCSP exam?

I found that online practice tests helped the most after going through all the material and taking notes. I used my notes to study and practice tests to gain confidence.

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Re: CISSPs: How did you prepare for the CCSP exam?

Well, I bought the CBK, read it carefully, motivated a number of collegues to join me  and we establised a study group at my company. We hired a consultant who briefed us and gave us a good generic overview of all materials in a 3 day course. I then re-read the CBK, made extracts, recapped the materials and sat the exam. Passed on first try.

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Heinrich W. Klöpping, MSc CISSP CCSP CIPP/E CTT+
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Newcomer I

Re: CISSPs: How did you prepare for the CCSP exam?

How I prepared &  Passed CCSP

I passed  CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) on 18 March 2017.  I  live in India. In India only 3 person are certified for CCSP  as on 18 March 2017.

Earlier Mile stones :

  1. CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) – June 2016 (Score 632/800, in top 10%)
  2. CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) – Sept 2016 (Score 624/800, in top 10%)
  3. CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) – 5 Nov 2016
  4. CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) – 10 Dec 2016 (Score 584/800, in top

Background :

  1. Tech. (Computer Science ) -1990 with more than 25 years of Experience as Vice President / Sr Vice President –IT in manufacturing organizations with major focus on IT security & SAP implementations.

My CCSP exam  preparation :

Note : I am bound by NDA with ISC-2.  So  i will not talk about actual exam pattern  or topics. I will talk  about difficulty level.

  1. I started my CCSP exam preparation from 15 Dec 2016 after passing CRISC.  I faced a lot of problem during CCSP exam preparation due to lack of available resources.  This was not a case with CISSP as lot of resources were available. I started with official CCSP CBK by Gorden.  I had read some reviews  that CCSP CBK  is not good to read & exam is not based on ccsp cbk.
  2. In Feb 2017, I purchased All in one by denial carter. It contains approx 300 question.
  3. I also referred some NIST / iso documents. Viewed Cybary CCSP  videos
  4. I rate AIO questions little higher than CBK / CCCURE (140 questions). But actual exam questions are quite different & difficult.
  5. CBK  vs AIO :

They cover almost same topics. AIO  has skipped some topics of CBK.  AIO  is written in all paragraph style with less no of bullet points.  I found very few figures in AIO.  I  think Mr. 

Carter will include more diagrams in his next edition. Some topics are better explained in AIO.  I will give equal weight to both.

  1. Overall I found this exam most tough exam than any other certification exam e.g.  CISA,CISM,CRISC,CISSP. I rate this exam higher than others.
  2. You can not score much by merely reading CCSP CBK or AIO . Exam is totally conceptual. Your have to understand the concept.
  3. CISSP vs CCSP :

Since parent body ISC-2 is same for both ,  CISSP will  have some advantage of prior exam

Experience.

  1. I believe that you need focus & concentration during your study which is applicable to all other exam also. I have made a lot of research on focus / motivation  & belief system.  This helps a lot in actual exam

Exam room Experience : ( Note : some cricket terms are being used to understand better)

  1. I had decided that I shall fight till the last minute. I usually give more time in Ist round.
  2. Ist hour of play was   I  scored  47  run  Ist Hour. 2nd Hour was really tough and reverse swing began to happen. At one time I had to flag  8-10 question in a row. After 2nd hr my score was 82.  I took break of 4-5 minutes and completed  ist round in 190 minutes. I had marked 37 questions for review.   I completed review before 12 mintutes.  In remaining time i reviewed some initial questions again & Pressed he final SUBMIT button on 240th minute.  I almost changed 7-8  answers in my 2nd review.
  3. At the end I was satisfied with my performance. When I came out, my dream certification success letter was in my hand.

 

Regards

Naresh Gupta

CCSP,CISSP,CISA,CISM,CRISC

Email : ngupta@mission-2020.com

 

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Re: CISSPs: How did you prepare for the CCSP exam?

I believe prior work experience matters as helps in material comprehension but is not a must.

I've used official ISC2 manual as well electronic version. I've downloaded from web any additional material I found (ex. The International CISSP Summary, CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, 7th Edition...etc) as well I've try handwriting my own summaries.

The most help was from online quizzes, I personally used Skillset.com (paid version) as it has progressive learning with target score to be achieved. After I achieve 100% on Skillset I've paid couple of months on CCCure.org. CCCure helps as you can increase tests difficulty and you can chose failed questions to be repeated as reinforcement. As well I've watched videos from cybrary.it.

Some objectives are more difficult then others, as mentioned experience helps. Do not discount any objective, anything can be on test.

At exam time, take your time read questions couple of times to ensure comprehension.

Good luck!