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chrisresnik
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Re: ISSMP Passed - Study Sharing

Congratulations!

 

I'm about to start preparing for the ISSMP exam and I'm looking around for study material....

Was "Official (ISC)2 Guide to the ISSMP CBK - 2nd Edition" any helpful? You mention it in the list.... the reviews on Amazon are terrible for this book though which is why I'm wondering if I should purchase this or not.

Unfortunately, the official online study preparation material provided by ISC is way too expensive.

 

Best regards

Chris

RodneyCornelius
Newcomer I

Re: ISSMP Passed - Study Sharing

Hi Chris,

An excellent question.

There really is no good way to prepare for this exam. Even more than the
CISSP, the ISSMP an experienced-based exam (imho). But hopefully this
feedback helps a bit.

I got the CBK book and read it, but I don't feel like it provided much
value. In fact, I am glad work paid for it instead of me (otherwise I would
have wanted my money back).

I think you're better off reading the exam content outline, identifying
which areas you feel unsure about, and then reading through the associated
material on the CBK reference list for the ISSMP (focus on the free NIST
and other documents). And also checking for content on YouTube, websites,
and other channels you trust.

You can also consider to download and use CISM prep apps. I think CISM
drastically expands on risk management categories and risk types compared
to ISSMP, but the high-level context is the same.

If you took your CISSP exam and passed it within the last three years, it
will serve you well (if not, brush up by getting a copy of something like
the 11th Hour CISSP and read the appropriate sections you feel weak on).
Helpful if you have a CCSP for a few questions, but absolutely not required.

We are probably not allowed to plug other communities, but If you have
Discord, join the Certification Station:
https://discord.gg/certstation

I found that channel to very helpful to me in studying for my CCSP and my
ISSMP.

The culmination of your IT experience has probably prepared your more for
this exam than you give it credit for. Speaking for myself, I went from
being nervous about the lack of material, to confident that so long as I
remember what (ISC)2 focuses on (code of ethics, good governance and risk
management, sound technical choices to maximise security benefit), that I
would probably pass the exam.

Sorry that I don't have a specific list of references to offer, but hope
that some of this was helpful.
chrisresnik
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Re: ISSMP Passed - Study Sharing

Hi Rodney

Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it.

Don't worry too much about the lack of a specific list of reference, your pointers are quite helpful.

I did pass the CISSP in 2019, followed up by CISM and CISA in 2020. I have finished the basic preparation for CRISC as well but there is an CRISC exam overhaul coming up soonish so I'll wait until that is out.

Overall I think that means I'm at least half-way there so I'll check the official exam outline and focus on the identified weaknesses.

(By the way, ISACA also insists on saying how much of an experience-based exam CISA is and yet I manged to pass the exam. CKAD/CKA/CKS exams are much harder because these are hands-on exam where time management is absolutely crucial)

Best regards

Chris

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RodneyCornelius
Newcomer I

Re: ISSMP Passed - Study Sharing

No worries, glad it was useful.

Given your certification history, you're more like >80% of the way there.

Good luck when you decide to take it - I am sure you'll knock it out of the
part 😊
csjohnng
Community Champion

Re: ISSMP Passed - Study Sharing

I recall I take CISM and ISSMP together.
I only look at CISM QAE for the CISM.
and look at one or two domain in the ISSMP which does not cover in the CISM and pretty much that's it for me.
John
csjohnng
Community Champion

Re: ISSMP Passed - Study Sharing

@DWayland 

Congrats and welcome to the club.

John
DWayland
Newcomer II

Re: ISSMP Passed - Study Sharing

Thanks John.

 

This was definitely a roadmap goal, and it's nice to finally have it.