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Newcomer II

Re: ISSAP Passed - Study Sharing

Congrats on the pass!  I will definetly be using your study method when I look at testing for this cert.  

Newcomer I

Re: ISSAP Passed - Study Sharing

I have multiple colleagues that have this cert, saying that this cert is not worth it, not up to date and archaic.

How do you feel about it?
Newcomer II

Re: ISSAP Passed - Study Sharing

Rayz -

 

I can only speak from my perspective, however I learned things and gained a deeper understanding of Security Architecture because of my study for this test.

 

There was nothing I found out of date, since threat vectors are threat vectors, regardless of when they were found.

 

My overall feeling is that, through the ISSAP studying, I became a more effective Security Architect with a deeper understanding of the threats and how to address them.

 

I hope this helps and answered your question.

 

Thanks,

Dave

Advocate I

Re: ISSAP Passed - Study Sharing

I provisionally passed the ISSAP earlier today thanks to the advice in this thread from @DWayland.

 

I largely followed the same study method with the main difference being I did purchase some of the suggested references that I felt would help plug any gaps in my knowledge (especially if they were also listed as suggested references for the ISSMP which is a possible future target for me), or that I felt would just be good reference books to have around.

 

In total I spent over 100 hours studying for the exam, so I'm happy to have passed so I can take a break now!

 

Newcomer II

Re: ISSAP Passed - Study Sharing

Congratulations on the pass!
Viewer II

Re: ISSAP Passed - Study Sharing

Congrats for the pass.

I'm still in doubt to do ISSAP or not. I already have CISSP and CCSP and TOGAF. Those would cover most requirements in relevant job posting for a security architect. However, for some reason I have a feeling that I should read it and sit for the exam. Not sure why and I don't feel that my feeling is logical .
Advocate I

Re: ISSAP Passed - Study Sharing


@samermiq wrote:
Congrats for the pass.

Thanks!

 

I'm still in doubt to do ISSAP or not. I already have CISSP and CCSP and TOGAF. Those would cover most requirements in relevant job posting for a security architect. However, for some reason I have a feeling that I should read it and sit for the exam. Not sure why and I don't feel that my feeling is logical .

I guess it depends on your motivation. You already have the certs needed to cover most Security Architect job description requirements.

 

I went for the ISSAP as it's more security focused than TOGAF. While SABSA, which is also security focused, requires you to take the official classes to take the exams and I wanted to self-study - as part of my ISSAP study I did read the SABSA manual as it's one of the ISSAP suggested references.

 

The ISSAP has more of a technical perspective than SABSA. While SABSA is more conceptual. I assume the same is true for TOGAF, so I would see the ISSAP as being very much complimentary to both of these.


Although I would say, if you're just going to read the ISSAP CBK and take the exam, the only benefit would be having the ISSAP initials as you're unlikely to learn much you don't already know given your current certifications.

 

However, if you take studying for the ISSAP as an opportunity to raise your knowledge of security architecture to authoritative levels and read as many of the suggested references as you can then it's a very worthwhile exercise.

 

Viewer II

Re: ISSAP Passed - Study Sharing


However, if you take studying for the ISSAP as an opportunity to raise your knowledge of security architecture to authoritative levels and read as many of the suggested references as you can then it's a very worthwhile exercise.

 



Thanks for you valuable insight. I really appreciate it. I feel in the last paragraph that you've just validated what I wanted to hear. Yes, I want to be a better security architect and to be honest SABSA is expensive and current company won't support me. However, part of me also would to have some kind of RoE (return on effort) and get the certificate as kind of motivational goal. 

 

Thanks again Smiley Happy