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CISSP For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) Paperback – September 26, 2002

ISBN-13: 078-5555110885 ISBN-10: 0764516701

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  • Series: For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (September 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764516701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764516702
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,651,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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&a good book&simple, straightforward& -- Communications News, January 2003

“…a good book…simple, straightforward…”(Communications News, January 2003)

From the Back Cover

CD-ROM includes hundreds of sample exam questions

The fun and easy way(TM) to study for the exam - all the rewards in half the time!

Here's the CISSP test-prep guide you've been waiting for - a For Dummies book-and-software package that actually makes studying fun. Prepared by two CISSP-certified experts and packed with proven tips and practice exams, it's all you need to get up to speed on all ten domains of the (ISC)2 Common Body of Knowledge - and pass the test!

All this on the bonus CD-ROM
* Dummies Test Engine, our exclusive, fully customizable test-prep software featuring hundreds of sample questions
* CISSP test-prep demo from Boson Software
* RFC documents from the Internet Engineering Task Force

System Requirements: PC running Windows 98/2000/Me/XP, Windows NT 4 or later. See the About the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

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The author does a good job hitting the subject at a high level with clear text.
Jim
I did not find any typos or editorial mistakes, so while I do not think the book is necessarily wrong, I just do not feel it is nearly enough to pass the CISSP.
Sean E. Connelly
This book combine with the CISSP All In One from Shon Harris would give you an edge in preparing to pass the CISSP exam.
Clement Dupuis

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Jim on June 17, 2005
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For you to understand my rather positive rating of this book, I feel that I must describe the context of my decision to read it. I'm a pretty experienced software developer (10+ years, network engineer (2 years), & solution architect (5 years), who recently accepted a position of Security Director for a large corporation. To educate myself for my new role I searched for good, well rounded books on the subject. I found CISSP books very attractive as they provide a structured 20,000 foot view of information security. I chose CISSP for dummies as my first book so I could get this high level view as quickly as possible.

The good:

The book satisfied my objective. It was indeed a quick read... at least as far as CISSP books go. The 320 or so pages with a big font & white-space allow one to read this book in a small fraction of the time it takes to read the official ISC guide or Shon Harris's book (though both of these provide a more complete & accurate education). The author does a good job hitting the subject at a high level with clear text. I especially like the way this book wraps up business continuity planning.

The bad:

Don't rely on this book to prepare yourself for the CISSP exam. After finishing this book I scored >80%, or high enough to make one think you could pass the test. After reading Shon's book (CISSP Certification All-In-One) I realized I really didn't know that much yet. I have since earned my CISSP & don't think the dummies book alone would have been enough for me.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2002
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Everyone knows that the CISSP exam is not for dummies, but don't let the title of this book put you off. It was great as a review/final cram before I took the exam. I think it would make an excellent first read, too. I studied using The CISSP Prep Guide and an online study group and then bought this book on the recommendation of someone in my study group. There is a chapter for each of the ten domains. There are no frills here, but the coverage is accurate, balanced, and matched pretty closely what I found on the exam. I particularly appreciated the study tools on the CD-ROM. The flash cards were pure genius. I was able to download them to my Palm, and I quizzed myself in the car all the way to the testing location. I definitely got my money's worth out of this book and highly recommend it to others sitting or considering sitting for the CISSP exam.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Pike on February 27, 2003
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I just took the CISSP exam this week and wanted to come back and give my thoughts on this book. I was fairly disappointed in the lack of detail that this book provided, and wouldn't recommend it as your single study resource. In my opinion, this book lacks the amount of detail that the average person would need to get their CISSP certification. I used two resouces while studying for the exam. (this one and The CISSP Prep Guide) I thought the prep guide was better written and I also liked the advanced question and answer sections that that book has. If I was starting over again, I wouldn't use CISSP for Dummies as one of my study resources.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scott on October 2, 2002
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The first thing that impressed me about the book was the wealth of information in it. I was really impressed with the networking section. It was a very good and had a complete look at networking from the physical all the way up.
This book did a really good job of going through each of the domains and I feel it is one of the better books out there for prepping for the CISSP test.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rachael S. Williamson on March 4, 2006
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I just recieved word last week I passed my CISSP exam, and I used this book among others to study for it. Let me give you a little background: I've been in IT for 10 years, starting as phone support, and moved on to desktop support, LAN administration, Exchange administrator, and eventually became my company's ISSO, then moved on to become an Information Assurance (Security) Engineer on one of our larger programs. Consequently, I had real world experience in many of the domains already.

Despite this, I think if I had only read this book, I would have failed the test. It is an excellent starter, since you can sit down and read it cover to cover in a day (plenty of white space, large font etc.) and you will get a good outline of the ten domains. But it just doesn't go into enough detail to keep you from getting tripped up on the test. A Section that is particularly lacking is cryptography. I don't think a single question on the test would have been answered from the knowlege I gained in that section.

The CD-Rom practice test is also too easy. I finished the book, took the 260 question test immediately afterwards, and scored ~95%. I then went online to the cccure.org website quizzer (which I highly recommend) and scored a 65% on their test!

Bottom line, if some one else has it, borrow it for your first read, it won't hurt and is a good way to get started, just don't stop there!

A book I highly reccomend is the CISSP prep guide by Krutz

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/047126802X/ref=cm_lm_fullview_prod_6/103-8873493-6496642?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=283155

The advanced questions at the end of each chapter are excellent. Remember, (ISC)2 jealously guards the actual test questions, and changes them all the time, so brain dumps are a waste in my humble opinion, but this book closely matches the conceptual depth and breadth you need to be confident of passing the exam.
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