Exactly 4 weeks and 1 day when the endorsement application was received by ISC2, I got the e-mail today informing me that I'm now a CISSP! I will never forget the feeling seeing the most beautiful word "Congratulations!" in the test result on June 12, 2018...it's the same feeling rushing back at me as I'm writing this! Rush of elation/sheer joy! The journey from start to this moment has been very emotional..words just can't describe it!
From people like @Lamont29 for his sage advice's and constant presence in the forums to Amanda Vance for her fast response in adding my middle name to my account and wishing me well for the exam...the support from family and friends...are just phenomenal. I'm currently reading the book "Give and Take" by Adam Grant...and I can say that you all are great givers!...and I'm eternally grateful for your support!
Looking forward to become an active member of ISC2 as a CISSP!
I appreciate that acknowledgement @unixgeek21, and I am very grateful that my input in this forum was able to help you. Now the hard part... you have to now push forward and study, not for the purpose of passing a test, but for your life journey of being a professional and remaining relevant in your profession.
Congratulations to you again for a journey well-traveled.
Thank you so much @Lamont29! The test was definitely the hardest yet that I took as compared to other certification exams I've done in the past...the whole process when I started in March this year has been pretty life-changing...definitely a behavioral modification indeed for the better! I'm able to appreciate and value how I allocate my time and effort in things I normally would take for granted.
Having said that and if I may, would like to ask from you and the rest of the community for any advise/input on what to do next after this achievement. If you were to talk to your younger self or when you first obtained your CISSP, what would you tell your younger self? What advice's/tips/suggestions/recommendations to follow or pitfalls/caveats to avoid?
What advice's/tips/suggestions/recommendations to follow or pitfalls/caveats to avoid?
Keep up on your CPE's. I had to take the test twice.
If I were coaching my younger self, I'd pay more attention to listening than speaking. Often times as young professionals, there's this tendency to show case what you know as opposed to taking in the experience from others. Every environment you go to will be a near-total different experience, which means that you'll likely be retraining at every job you transition to.
This is the difference between IT professionals and Security professionals... IT is very linear, while IS/IA is an every evolving work in progress. Education is continuous in IS/IA. I wouldn't hang my CISSP, CISA, CISM credentials on the wall in that they only validate my performance on a test at a given day. Rest your laurels a couple of months and the base knowledge of these certifications will go out the window.
Remain humble. If you have NEVER been humbled before in your life, this field of expertise is certain to get you there. However, there's no need for despair because all of us IS/IA professionals with any real experience at all knows what comes with the territory. However, the buck often times stops with you.
Make alliance at the job. This is probably more beneficial than anything else. Those working professionals who have not earned their CISSP or any other certification are nonetheless have amassed very valuable knowledge of the business. They possess enterprise / business knowledge that you don't. Use these resources to your benefits. There's that old adage, "Don't offend the critics" is very applicable in the security profession!
Right on. Congratulations! Very true about the CPEs. I intend to make a plan for gaining and reporting.
Here is the skinny on the CPEs: