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CISSP Training Guide

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The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professionals) exam is a six-hour, monitored paper-based exam covering 10 domains of information system security knowledge, each representing a specific area of expertise. The CISSP examination consists of 250 multiple choice questions, covering topics such as Access Control Systems, Cryptography, and Security Management Practices, and is administered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium or (ISC)2. (ISC)2 promotes the CISSP exam as an aid to evaluating personnel performing information security functions. Candidates for this exam are typically network security professionals and system administrators with at least 3 years of direct work experience in one or more of the 10 test domains. This book maps to the exam objectives and offers numerous features such as exam tips, case studies, and practice exams. In addition, the CD includes PrepLogic Practice Tests, Preview Edition, making it the ultimate guide for those studying for the CISSP exam.

About the Author

Roberta Bragg, CISSP, MCSE, and the original Security Evangelist, is a veteran of more than 25 years in IT. Her technical experience ranges from programming to systems administration and Windows network security design. She is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer on Windows security.

Scott Barman is currently an information security and systems architecture analyst for The MITRE Corporation ( working with the MITRE team to help the IRS modernize its IT infrastructure. He has been involved with information security for almost 20 years, nurturing the evolution of systems and their security requirements for commercial organizations and government agencies. Since the explosion of the Internet, and prior to joining MITRE, he has focused on various areas of security and policy development for many organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. Scott earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Information Systems Management with a concentration in information security management from Carnegie Mellon University (

Philip Fites has worked for more than 34 years in informatics, from computer operations to business and project management. His current focus includes information systems security theory and practice. Since the early 1980s, a lifelong interest in information security has been transformed into a commitment to research on integrity and other issues of security in information systems, combined with a practical focus on applying his expertise to help clients clarify and achieve security objectives.

Philip holds a bachelor of science in mathematics and an M.B.A. and studied for a Ph.D. in computing science at Queen's University. He is coauthor of Control and Security of Computer Information Systems, The Computer Virus Crisis, and Information Systems Security: A Practitioner's Reference, and he has published a number of works on various topics in computer security, software research, and educational planning methodology in various professional and industry publications. He has served as a director and president of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. He is a member of the Standards Council of Canada's Canadian Advisory Committee on Information Technology.

Wesley J. Noonan is currently a senior quality assurance representative with BMC Software, Inc. ( working on its network management product line. Wes got his start in the United States Marine Corps working on its Banyan VINES network and has spent the past 10 years building, maintaining, and securing corporate networks ranging in size from 25 to 25,000 users. Wes is also an active trainer, developing and teaching his own custom, Cisco-based routing and switching curriculum. His certifications include MCSE, CCNA, CCDA, and NNCSS.

Benjamin Wright, recognized the world over as one of the leading lawyers in e-commerce, is the founding author of The Law of Electronic Commerce, a comprehensive book on the legality of electronic transactions, published by Aspen Law & Business. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, he is an independent attorney practicing computer security and e-commercial law in Dallas, Texas.

Since 1988, he has delivered more than 500 speeches on e-commerce, privacy, and computer security and has been quoted in publications around the globe, from the Wall Street Journal to the Sydney Morning Herald. On May 26, 2001, he was featured in the 30-minute documentary The Cutting Edge Technology Report: Electronic Signatures, nationally broadcast on CNBC.

Guy Bruneau, GSEC, GCIA, GCUX is a senior security consultant with InfoPeople Security Solutions, Inc. He works within InfoPeople's security practice assisting clients with their managed security services, computer intrusion detection operations and deployment, network security auditing, incident response and reporting, and so on. He has firsthand knowledge in the use and hardening of Cisco Secure IDS, Shadow IDS, and Snort IDS, among others. He has been a SANS instructor and speaker and is the author of the IDIC course Introduction to Logfile Analysis. He is an authorized SANS Unix security grader and is presently serving as the chair of the SANS GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst Advisory Board. He is the author of the OS hardened Shadow IDS platform based on NSWC's Shadow version 1.7 (available at In his spare time, he has worked as a technical reviewer for New Riders Publishing. Lawrence S. Paccone is a principal national/systems security analyst at Northrop Grumman Information Technology TASC. As both a technical lead and project manager, he has worked in the Internet and network/systems security arena for more than 8 years. He has been the technical lead for several network security projects supporting a government network/systems security research and development laboratory. Prior to that, he worked for 5 years at The Analytical Sciences Corporation (TASC) as a national security analyst assessing conventional military force structures. He has an M.S. in information systems, an M.A. in international relations, and a B.A. in political science. He has completed eight professional certifications in network and systems security, internetworking, wide area networking, Cisco routing/switching, Unix, and Windows NT. He also has been a technical editor for eight IT security books that are currently in publication.

Patrick "Swissman" Ramseier, CCNA, CISSP is a systems engineer at OKENA, makers of the StormSystem Intrusion Prevention System. OKENA has been delivering breakthrough security software products that proactively preserve the operational integrity of applications and host systems. OKENA StormSystem is a system of seamlessly integrated security products that act in unison to prevent existing and unknown attacks without relying on attack signatures. Patrick started out as a Unix system administrator. Over the past 14 years, he has been involved with corporate-level security design; architecture reviews; vulnerability assessments; VPN support; physical, network, and operating system security (Unix-Solaris, Linux, BSD, and Windows NT/2000); training; research; and post- and pre-sales. He has a B.A. in business and is working concurrently on his master's and doctorate in computer science.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification (November 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078972801X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789728012
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,807,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on March 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
The number of CISSP prep books has gone from zero two years ago, to about 15 in March 2003. With that, choosing the best CISSP prep guide is both a matter of personal preference, and budget; as some of these titles can cost nearly $90.00
While not cheap, ... the `CISSP Training Guide' by Roberta Bragg is definitely an excellent resource for anyone preparing for the CISSP examination.
This book, like all of the other CISSP prep guides is organized according to the 10 domains of the CBK (Common Body of Knowledge).
Where this book shines is in its organization and presentation of the material. The material itself is presented in a well-organized and easily readable style. Other titles are written in a much more technical style, which make memorization of the concepts more difficult. But Roberta Bragg has written her `CISSP Training Guide' in a very readable and clear manner.
The book also has a number of case studies that attempt to make the material more understandable by presenting real-world scenarios. The case studies do a fine job of taking often-abstract security concepts and mapping them into understandable ideas.
The CD-ROM is helpful, but there are many pop-ups requesting the test taker to pay to upgrade to a premium edition of the test.
Overall, the `CISSP Training Guide' is one of the better CISSP prep guides. Anyone looking for a solid CISSP preparation resource should definitely consider this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Woznicki HALL OF FAME on December 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
Over the past year I have found more and more the need to qualified security professionals. I have also found that security certifications are more in demand than ever.

This 700 page manual is an excellent resource for the certification of CISSP. Broken down into three parts part 1 breaks down the exam objectives by covering such topics as access control, which is an excellent read.

Also in this section you cover security management, which I found to be helpful in my job. Other topics in network fundamentals, disaster recovery and law and ethics.

Part 2 is the final review of the entire 10 domains, which has a practice exam included. Part 3 is used for appendices and other material. There is a cd included, using the Prep Logic testing engine, and you can order more exams from the Prep Logic website.

The book has exercises and test and review questions in each chapter. Overall the book can be used in a self study mode or better yet in the formal classroom setting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Kunde on March 18, 2004
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I'm preparing for the CISSP, so I do have a few different books lying around (CISSP Examination Textbooks by S Vallabhaneni = Awful reading, but good factual references; CISSP Prep Guide: Gold Edition by Krutz & Vines = Good reading, Great questions and decent references) and this book.
After having done a few 'domains' with the Krutz/Vines book I switched to this guide (available on O'Reilly's Safari site). I like the style of the chapters, the way the domains are covered, the topics are well explained, yet it is lacking on factual details. One strong point is the author's use of sample case situation to emphasis the review points.
Over the past week, this book has become my first approach to each domain, using the Krutz/Vines as a very quick checkup before trying the questions from the CISSP Prep Guide.
According to me, the preperation for the CISSP cannot be based solely on a single book. So I do recommend using this CISSP Training Guide as the center stage for training. As the title says it's a Guide, and will put down the right foundations for each domain. Then you could pick information in other books that have more details. I would also highly recommend to anyone preparing for the CISSP, to take the time to supplemented the knowledge by doing searches on the internet for supporting documentation, which Roberta Bragg gives as URL pointers at the end of each chapter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Beaver on August 30, 2004
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I use this book to teach test prep courses for my customers and it works great. I've reviewed the other CISSP books - from the perspective of an instructor and of a student - and this one seems to be the most user friendly of them all. Lots of good practice questions too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David K73 on September 19, 2004
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I just took the CISSP on September 12th, 2004 in Orlando. I just got word that I passed. I used Ms. Bragg's book as my primary study material. I also used the All-In-One book as well but the Bragg book was my main source of study. One thing that was very helpful for me was the Fast Facts section. I sat over breakfast the morning of the exam and did some last minute study over this section. This is a great book!!! I've used the QUE Certification books as my primary study for the A+ and Network+ exams and passed them all on the first time around. They allways have the fast facts section which is so helpful.
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