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Newcomer III

Getting CISSP Certified

I'm now embarking on my CISSP CERTIFICATION journey and I've decided to go in for CompTia Security+ CERTIFICATION first in order to understand the basic concepts of security and work with it for more experience. Any recommendations please.

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Newcomer I

Re: Getting CISSP Certified

Roger,

I'd highly recommend Professor Messer for your Security+ studies. His material is spot on and, best of all, free.

https://www.professormesser.com/security-plus/sy0-401/sy0-401-course-index/

You can sign up for a YouTube Red trial membership (3-months) and it will allow you to cache the videos in the YouTube app for offline playback. The link above is his site; the two below are the playlists for his videos directly on YouTube.

CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Certification Course - Playlist 1 of 2: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG49S3nxzAnkcKd71N4OjSv4cUXNhoPlQ

CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Certification Course - Playlist 2 of 2: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG49S3nxzAnlhMM1KV5ST1qi3kI87hMpY

I'd recommend Darril Gibson's book to accompany the videos. They compliment each other pretty well.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1939136024/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_zAD9zbMND23XN

If you provide some information on your background, I can recommend a study plan.

Ryan
Have: CISSP, CASP, CCNA: Security, CCNA: Routing and Switching, ITIL Foundations, Palo Alto ACE7

Pursuing: CCNP: Routing and Switching
Newcomer III

Re: Getting CISSP Certified

Thanks very much for this much information.
What information would you need in order to provide me with the study plan?
Newcomer I

Re: Getting CISSP Certified

Are you already doing IT or are you trying to breakout in the field? What formalised training have you had? How familiar are you with TCP/IP and the OSI model? That kind of stuff.
Have: CISSP, CASP, CCNA: Security, CCNA: Routing and Switching, ITIL Foundations, Palo Alto ACE7

Pursuing: CCNP: Routing and Switching
Viewer

Re: Getting CISSP Certified

Attaining the Security+ cert is a good strategy as it helps you get acquainted with at least some of the security concepts and terminology you may find on the CISSP exam. I know a few folks that chose this same path.
Although I never sat for the Security+ exam, I did read some related material prior to studying for the CISSP. Good luck.
Newcomer III

Re: Getting CISSP Certified

I've not attained any IT certificate yet but I have little insight about the stated areas. Pursing Diploma in Business IT....but I won't to specialize in Cyber security now.
Newcomer III

Re: Getting CISSP Certified

Thank you. Much appreciated 😀
Viewer II

Re: Getting CISSP Certified

I am doing the same path as well. I am currently using study guides from a local technical institutions where I took courses for both (in Tampa, FL) along with Professor Messer videos. Studying for Sercurity+ helps with CISSP in long. Good luck to you Roger!
Newcomer III

Re: Getting CISSP Certified

Thanks very much for your time and shared information......i'm really greatful.
Newcomer I

Re: Getting CISSP Certified

I would advise going through the videos or reading the book the first time without taking notes. This is to get the content floating around in your head. Just read through regardless if you fully understand a topic or not.

Go back through a second time using both, this time taking notes and looking up any information you aren't grasping. So items, like subnetting, may require watching other videos or reading other sources before the bulb goes off. But, once it does, you'll be golden.

After the second round, start taking practice exams. The book provides a link to download some. Go through all the questions a few times and review the material that you miss.

Follow all this, and you'll be 90% there. The rest is test taking strategies in general.

Ryan
Have: CISSP, CASP, CCNA: Security, CCNA: Routing and Switching, ITIL Foundations, Palo Alto ACE7

Pursuing: CCNP: Routing and Switching