Without going into too many details, how deep should one prepare for CISSP? I read everywhere that CISSP should be answered like a manager and it is an inch deep and mile wide type of an exam, however, there are tons of technical details in all of the CISSP books and lots of minute details such as different steps in a process, sequence of steps, labeling details (for example TCSEC, ITSEC, Common Criteria EAL levels etc.), bit/block size of algorithms, cable lengths etc. Every practice exam I have tried also tests for a lot of these types of technical details.
For the real CISSP exam, I am wondering if it is worth putting time memorizing all these minute technical details if the exam is only going test the breadth of knowledge? Can anyone please let me know how much of the exam is really technical or deep? It would just help me focus more of my time on learning the concepts instead of memorizing technical minutiae.
I have been studying for 4 months now and have been using the (ISC)2 guide. I can honestly say between 3 different review sources I have had varying degrees of success.
(ISC)2 Flash cards seem to be the easiest of the testing material. Once you have a good grasp on those I would move to the Sybex test questions that are linked with the book. Lastly I would try the phone app questions. These seem to be the hardest ones for me but, these tests maybe different for each person depending on your method of study.
Please note that if you can include the "11th Hour CISSP" Study guide this should be helpful when you are nearing the time to take your test.
Preparing for the CISSP is a difficult and challenging experience. After you pass the examination, it is enormous accomplishment that you will be extreme proud of. We have always said the work experience is your chief asset to passing an (ISC)² examination. he CISSP Exam Outline is a great source information. Unfortunately, I am not able to say if it more technical or managerial. Many individuals say that the (ISC)² Flash Cards help them a lot; you can find digital flashcards under Education & Training on the (ISC)² website. There are also several self-study resources available at https://www.isc2.org/Training/Self-Study-Resources.
I would like to wish you the best of luck on your examination.