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Contributor III

Re: ISSAP, ISSEP and ISSMP going away?

There never has been a great deal of traction surrounding these exams which has over the years only lead to confusion and as you can read from the above comments, speculation.

 

I took the ISSAP simply to stand out among CISSPs.

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Viewer II

Re: ISSAP, ISSEP and ISSMP going away?

Hi Brent, I used the same reasoning when going for my ISSAP...to stand out a bit amongst the crowd.  And aside from qualifying me for IASAE Level III, I don't see much desire for this certification among industry partners.  The ISSEP certification seems to make more sense within the ISSE realm but as far as job searches and level of the job (i.e. ISSE with the cert vs ISSM or ISSO without), I haven't come across anyone requiring (or wanting) the ISSAP certification. 

 

Being qualified for IASAE Level III is nothing to sneeze at, but that's only within certain environments.  Outside of Government work in the US, IASAE Level III means nothing.

 

All said and done, I'm still glad I went for the ISSAP...just wish more companies knew about it!

 

Kurt Holz, CISSP-ISSAP

 

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Advocate I

Re: ISSAP, ISSEP and ISSMP going away?

As a ISSAP and ISSMP the best way to prepare is to get the official text and ensure that you have also read the majority of the references (most are in the public domain) at the end of the chapters.  You may find if you've worked in InfoSec any length of time that you already have some of the text books, standards etc.  Many of the references are to NIST SP800, RFCs, ISO standards etc, which you'll probably have read at some point.

 

I would consider self study rather than looking for a boot camp.  You simply need the self discipline to get up early and work at it all day, sleep, get up and do the same.

 

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Steve Wilme CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP MCIIS
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Newcomer I

Re: ISSAP, ISSEP and ISSMP going away?

Sorry to hear that u had fell short. I am preparing for ISSEP and taking it by end of June. Focusing on all the 5 domains (and not planning to read any of the regulatory, Common Criteria stuff), primarily using the public documents listed in the references list, flash cards seems like still has the information from old domains. Best of luck! 

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Newcomer I

Re: ISSAP, ISSEP and ISSMP going away?

I am pretty much using the same documents, and planning to read the old CBK book, which is still applicable for couple of domains. Planning to take the exam by end of next month. Did you find flash cards useful, as it still has information related to old domains. Good luck to you.