Failed CCSP exam last week. I felt like the exam was not related to CCSP or the materials I had studied for over 4 months. I am a CyberSec with over 5 years now and 20 years in IT. the exam questions I read IMO was not related to any of the books I have read. I did not even understand most of the questions. Unclear questions. I read :
1) The Official (ISC)2 Guide to CCSP CBK
2) ISC2 CCSP Official Practice Tests-sybex
3) CCSP Official Study Guide
Took a number of online exams scoring 90% and above.
I mean I was ready and aimed to score high in the exam only to find out I FAILED! and $599 in the toilet!
How did you guys who pass studied and what materials you used??
Failing a test is difficult but recoverable...trust me. I have been there before.
You do not state if this is your first (ISC)2 test or if you have other (ISC)2 certifications. The reason to know is that these tests are very different from any of the over 25 tests I have taken in my career.
Novell, IBM, Microsoft, Compaq, HP, VMWare and the Cloud Security Alliance all had very different tests that all had unique points of view.
The tests all have unique points of view of their slice of the industry. (ISC)2 takes that to a whole different level from my point of view. They throw you as a manager in the field and you have to think like a manager of the situation and not as an engineer. Like you I had the background as an engineer.
So if an answer to a question says to block the attack at the firewall with an ACL. That is an answer that I would be drawn to like a bee to pollen. It most likely be wrong as well.
WWaManagerDo? A manager might consult policies or procedures before acting. An engineer would want to find the right code and use only technical fixes.
The hardest part for me was what right answer do I pick?
Below are links to articles on studying for the CCSP. One I wrote a while back.
This document really helped me prepare for the test.
"One document that seems to stand out is "NIST Special Publication 800-146" while reading Chapter 4, I created scenario questions in my head and answered them."
Paul, I have not read it yet. A quick scan it shows it dated in 2012.
I will spend the time to read it. Was there something specific that caught your attention that help us in the exam?