I am almost ready to write the CISSP exam. My challenge is that I am based in South Africa & yesterday our government announced a 21 day lockdown to try "flatten the Covid 19 infection curve". Question is are there any plans from ISC2 to allow for online proctors to monitor an online CISSP examination? I have checked with Pearson vue and SA is not listed as we use 3rd party testing centers.
Not every Pearson Vue has permition to management the ISC2 exams. for example here in Angola we have 3 Pearson Vue officialy but for those you can not sit ISC2 exams. many times i emailed to ISC2 and Pearson Vue no successful. Travel to another country geting to be CISSP need to be not just a Challenge. very big Challenge. what do you think if you don't pass the first attempt? here we are talking about money for Travel, Hotel acomodations, foods, bus to go to center exam and voucher exam. for that I ask this chance to sit
Its crazy to think that some people will cheat on these exams. I've taken majority of my proctored exams online from my home and Pearson did not make it easy for me. They made me take the camera and point it in every direction of my room. I could only have one monitor, I couldn't have a watch on, couldn't have cell phone in same room and I wasn't even allowed to have a drink at my desk. I used Pearson for my CEH and CHFI exams and they were pretty rough exams but I don't think there would have been much of a difference in my experience by taking them in person or remotely.
I feel you must really want to cheat if you find a way to bypass all the security checks Pearson has to make sure that is not occurring.
Regarding Online Testing:
Online testing for (ISC)² certification exams is not currently available. Unlike many IT certifications that most candidates are familiar with, balancing reliability, validity, security and psychometric demands of (ISC)² professional cybersecurity examinations is significantly complex and time consuming endeavor. As a developer of ANSI accredited certifications, we need to ensure our exams continue to adhere to the same rigorous standards regardless of the administration method. We understand the challenges the health crisis is placing on test takers, and we are aggressively exploring solutions that ensure the integrity of the certification process while making our exams more accessible. As (ISC)² negotiates the significant challenges in exploring additional administration pathways, we appreciate your patience.
At this point I've been studying for 6 months to prepare for the exam. I've read the 1000-page CISSP book, practiced probably around 3000+ questions. I still find areas where I need to build a better understanding but I'm probably like majority of the candidates who's probably starting to get burnt out studying every day, but we really don't have an option.
When it comes to potentially allowing remote testing for ISC exams, I understand the concern of some individuals who might be worrying about the reputation of ISC and the accreditation that comes with earning one of their certifications. Everyone I know who holds the CISSP have one thing in common, they conquered the beast of the exam and were required to go to a testing center. It makes sense that those individuals want the tradition to continue in that direction. Maybe its because how much of a pain it was to get it or maybe they want to help keep the integrity of obtaining the certification.
There are many different options available. For example, increase the number of cameras required for remote testing. I would not care if you had 4 cameras on me so you can see in every direction. ISC code of ethics says "act honorable, honestly, justly, responsibly and legally, which should be a mission for all test takers even if you don't currently hold any of ISC certificates. Something that should be noted is when you go to a test center, they make you empty your pockets and after you are cleared (ID Check, etc.) they escort you to a testing center room where they rarely come back. What is the difference doing this remotely? Just my opinion but I would say none and that you probably have more eyes on you with a camera(s). It still acts as a deterrent if someone was going to do something unethical like cheating.
Also, in the ISC Code of Ethics, there is "Advance and protect the profession". Yea we all can do seminars and self-study but a big part of this is obtaining certifications to prove you have gained the necessary knowledge to be a subject matter expert in the cybersecurity field (or any field). Last option is to have discussions with Pearson about opening shop again but limit the test centers to take no more than 5-10 people a day starting in May (if that is even possible).
Either way it looks like I’m stuck with studying on a regular basis until something is figured out.
So I've currently completed the "Training Camp" Video training online (18hrs), Read Book : ISC2 CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional Official Study Guide - 8 Edition and I study my questions from CISSP Offical ISC2 Practice Tests - 2nd edition by Mike Chapple & David Seidl. I've also printed out the study guide from: Sunflower CISSP Study Guide which has great material. Other than that I've created a study guide on items that i feel I need to have a better understanding. I think i'm currently trying to find good content for the Software Development Life Cycle since i'm probably only 60% comfortable with the material.