I would like to take the new ISSEP exam, however, with the new format I will need to study different and updated areas.
Is there any estimated date for a release of a new Official ISC2 Guide or training for the new ISSEP format?
@ToniHahn referred to study references that "may be older but still relevant so these are the top references that were used. We do not limit what reference an item writer can use with the exception of a few. "
Toni, and all of the exam teams,
PLEASE change your guidelines to limit necessary references for new certification aspirants to only those currently available from the original authoritative source. If it is essential to study PMBOK editions 3, 4, and 5, but it is only possible to obtain edition 5 from the Project Management Institute, this is a major problem. In fact, it is the very problem of the old one I mentioned, of requiring the IATF from NSA long after NSA stopped making it available. Even if the old publication can be found on some secondary archive source, the fact that it is no longer current according to the original publisher means that we should not use it as a current source. A perfect example is the huge change in password management advice as NIST updated SP 800-63 last year.
If a new or replacement edition appears, review the question pool for older edition questions to confirm the Q&A are still covered in the new edition. If a reference disappears from the original authoritative source, remove all questions based on that reference.
Thank you all for posting about this and creating an engaging discussion, we appreciate all of the comments and suggestions that have come up around this topic. If you wish to influence which references are used for future iterations of the exam, we recommend signing up to volunteer for exam writing. You can get more information about that by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or taking a look here.
We encourage you all to continue to comment and discuss this topic here; however, at this time there is nothing further that (ISC)² can offer on this topic.
A question regarding your study materials. I see you used the (ISC)2 CISSP-ISSEP resource, I am reluctant to buy it as it is very old, how did you find the content?
I believe the revision to the ISSEP exam is an evolution instead of a revolution. That's why I bought the old ISSEP-CBK 2005 and found it valuable. I would suggest to read Domain 1, 3, and 4(focus on ch 14 & 15, while 11 to 13 are good to know). Domain 2 is pretty good as well to know about how the C&A worked in the past. Practicing the sample questions helps.
Some other materials for your information:
Enjoy your journey to ISSEP and good luck!