I'm excited to share that I passed the CCSP exam on 05/23! I want to thank everyone on this board who posted and shared their experience, study methods and tips. I started last year preparing on and off (mostly off...lol) for about 8 months or so but didn't really get serious about my studies until March 2019. And then I was even more focused in my study and preparation once I decided to register for the exam in May. It's amazing how we can get motivated when money is at stake, especially when the wife says "you better pass" (lol).
My study and preparation are as follow:
CSA - Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v4.0
CSA - The Treacherous 12
CSA - Cloud Control Matrix
Jerico - Cloud Cube Model
OWASP top 10
On the day of the exam, I arrived one hour early and sat in my car to just relax and meditate. Once I arrived in the testing center, there was a back log of testers being processed and I had to wait for about 30 minutes. I used that time to quickly scan through my notes and flash cards. During the exam I felt pretty good with my pace and time since I practiced taking simulated questions in batches of 65 and taking a quick 10 minute break at about the halfway point. Since passing my CISSP in 2017 with 250 questions, 125 shouldn't be a problem (lol). I finished the first pass of the exam in about 2 hours with about 25 questions marked for review. I spent another hour reviewing the marked questions and also reviewing the entire exam once again. At the end I submitted the exam and I felt confident. The test proctor came to my station but apparently I didn't confirm to end the exam. I walked outside to the counter to give my locker key and retrieve my ID card. During that entire time, I kept watching the printer for a document to print but did not see anything printing. I really started to get worried at this point and all kinds of things running through my mind. As the lady proceeded to hand over my ID card, in her hand she had a folded paper and gave it to me. I opened it and immediately looked for the "Congratulations" but somehow to my nervousness, I couldn't find it for a few seconds. Then finally my eyes fixed on the "Congratulations" and I was so excited!
Sorry for this long post but I wanted to share my experience. During the past months, I read all the "passed" threads here on this board, Reddit, and various forums. Each one would give me motivation and belief during the times I wanted to quit. So hopefully I can at least inspire and help at least one person to succeed in their journey to becoming a CCSP!
I'm a CISSP too, nothing I read in the ISC2 study guide prepared me for the test. I have 25 years in IT and 5 years building Cloud Security and transport. The book I read did not prepare me at all for the test and its ISC2 Official Study guide.
In order to pass this you have to learn to take a test with trick question. This is a total waist of time and now I must be done again and they will get more $$.
With twenty years in IT, though comparatively smaller time specific to IT security, I read:
CISSP for Dummies
(ISC)2's CBK by Alan Gordon
Mike Chapple's CISSP Study Guide (8E)
C4D was a waste of money, but it introduced me to the wide-ranging variety of disciplines.
CBK seemed unwieldy and organized, but it was fairly definitive.
SG8E was the book that tied everything together.
Passed first time, but I must credit Craig Cunningham for his boot camp. What appeared as words on the pages of three different books became three-dimensional structures in his class.