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The CISSP companion handbook: A collection of tales, experiences and straight up fabrications fitted into the 10 CISSP domains of information security [Kindle Edition]

Javvad Malik , Wendy Nather
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Book Description

Studying for your CISSP or just curious about the broader information security scene? Well, this book won't help you to pass the exam and it won't go into as much depth as the official guide will. What you will get though is one person's perspective, looking back several years after attaining his CISSP as to what concepts worked and which ones existed only in theory. Sprinkled with a generous sprinkling of personal anecdotes and ridiculous analogies this book will have you smiling, nodding and shaking your head in disbelief.

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  • File Size: 1615 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KAYL51E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you are looking for a formal vade mecum in your quest for CISSP certification, then The CISSP companion handbook: A collection of tales, experiences and straight up fabrications fitted into the 10 CISSP domains of information security by Javvad Malik should not be your reference guide.

But if you are looking for an entertaining and educational book to give a break to the monotonous work of CISSP preparation; this is your guide, and a very funny one at that. Even for those security gurus that have the treasured and adored CISSP certification (and all the more so for those with SANS certifications), the book is a witty look at the world of information security, and ones man’s observation of it.

What are Malik’s accomplishments? Well, he really knows information security and brings a lot of experience to the table. He won the RSA Social Security Blogger award for the most entertaining blogger, as well as the best security video blogger and most entertaining blog at the European Security Blogger Awards. The book is entertaining in the sense that he doesn’t drone on about information security abbreviations and acronyms.

When discussing TCP/IP, the book uses rock music as an analogy. Drums are TCP, an electric guitar is UDP; vocals are IP, with the band manager as ARP and the record label are RARP. While those analogies certainly won’t help you pass the test; they will definitely give you a more realistic understanding of what the protocols really do.

No CISSP guide would be complete without a reference to the Bell-LaPadula model, which the book mentions on page 107. The book doesn’t really define it, but notes that it may be used and implemented in pencil pushing governmental departments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great explanations for difficult topics November 7, 2014
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Javvad’s explanations are wonderful. He takes some of the more difficult concepts of the CISSP and places them in a context that is humorous and fun, yet accurate.
For example, his explanation of asymmetric cryptography is worth the price of the book.

Have you ever tried to explain asymmetric encryption to someone who has never heard of it?
It is a maddening process that usually adds confusion rather than clarification.
You can talk all about substitution and transposition of characters. You can scream about how to secretly exchange keys. You can do all this while your blood pressure rises and the person to whom you are explaining it just becomes more mystified at your gibberish rant.
However, if you read Javvad’s description of asymmetric cryptography, you will be able to explain it to anyone and watch their eyes light up as they start to understand the beauty of it.

Equally, if you are studying for the CISSP exam and that cryptography chapter is making you reconsider your career in InfoSec, read Javvad’s explanation and your eyes will light up, because you too will now understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The other CBK May 14, 2014
Easy to read alternative guide to the CBK, in Javvad's own inimitable style, but obviously ghost written by Girl Cynic.
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