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CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition 5th Edition

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About the Author

Shon Harris, CISSP, is a security consultant, a former member of the is the founder and CEO of Logical Security LLC, an information security consultant, a former engineer in the Air Force’s Information Warfare unit, an instructor, and an author. She has authored several international bestselling books on information security published by McGraw-Hill Education and Pearson which have sold over a million copies and have been translated into six languages. Ms. Harris authors academic textbooks, security articles for publication, and is a technical editor for Information Security Magazine. Ms. Harris has consulted for a large number of organizations in every business sector (financial, medical, retail, entertainment, utility) and several U.S. government agencies over the last 18 years. Ms. Harris provides high-end, advanced, and specialized consulting for organizations globally. She also works directly with law firms as a technical and expert witness on cases that range from patent infringement, criminal investigations, civil lawsuits and she specializes in cryptographic technologies. Ms. Harris has taught information security to a wide range of clients over the last 18 years, some of which have included; West Point, Microsoft, DHS, DoD, DoE, NSA, FBI, NASA, CDC, PWC, DISA, RSA, Visa, Intel, Cisco, Oracle, HP, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Shell, Verizon, Citi, BoA, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Symantec, Warner Brothers, Bridgestone, American Express, etc. Ms. Harris was recognized as one of the top 25 women in the Information Security field by Information Security Magazine.

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Product Details

  • Series: All-in-One
  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 5 edition (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071602178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071602174
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 2.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to pass the CISSP exam on the first attempt, then make this book your PRIMARY study guide. If you are not planning on taking the CISSP exam, but you work in Information Security, then make this book part of your required reading. It is an invaluable tool to any security practitioner.

Shon Harris has updated both the content and the layout of this newest edition. Key terms are defined in separate attention-grabbing boxes. This is a huge help when you are stuck on a difficult concept that you want to review, such as the concepts that make up "The Common Criteria", or the seemingly infinite terms associated with the Telecommunications and Network Security Domain. If you are a person who uses a highlighter, or if you annotate passages on an e-reader, these attention boxes are fantastic for easily isolating the important details.

The CISSP exam is peppered with many "scenario-based" questions, and Shon has updated her end-of-chapter quizzes to include these types of questions. The quizzes provided on the disc (included with the book) are comprehensive across each domain. The questions offered on the disc will test your true knowledge of the subjects. The Practice Exam book is the perfect companion for the main book, offering detailed explanations of why one answer is "The Best" choice for a particular question.

The folks who compose the questions for the CISSP exam tend to lean towards the "sinister", attempting to trip you up with subtle and sometimes vague wording. Shon writes her questions in a similar style, making you really think about the material to derive the best answer rather than simply memorizing passages from the book. Her questions and the answer choices will get you into the correct mindset to pass the exam.
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There is no simple formula to prepare for the CISSP certification, and no single resource which can guarantee success on the certification exam since every applicant's background is unique. However, this book (fifth edition) was my only resource in preparing for the exam and I passed on my first attempt (April 24, 2010).

I spent 60+ hours in preparation for the exam... that's 60+ hours of DEDICATED individual study using this book and CD, not 60+ hours spent web surfing during lunch hours or commercial breaks. My recent background is in middle management, with 20 years experience in network architecture and data security, so I already had a firm technical foundation for the test areas dealing with protocols and encryption variations. I also have an MS in Computer Science. Nonetheless, the exam was so broad, with topics covering general principles and concepts, that I could have prepared twice as long and still left the exam with questions about the outcome.

My personal opinion is that formal classroom instruction, through one of the many organizations offering CISSP preparation courses, is a worthwhile companion to Shon Harris' book. A study group is also a good idea. You will not obtain CISSP certification if you take the exam without preparation. This book (fifth edition) was sufficient, but not 100% comprehensive, to prepare me for passing the CISSP test.

Note: Some reviewers do not appreciate Shon's frequent analogies and humor. Most of her analogies helped me internalize the complex topics, but that's my personal learning style. The efforts at humor were generally awful, but every once in a while she was subtle and brilliant enough to make me laugh out loud. Working through Shon's unique writing style was not a problem for me... I actually found it refreshing.
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I've been teaching CISSP for over 10 years (Over 170 times) and I have certified over 1,000 individuals alone. Shon not only presents the topics needed to pass the exam, but she also adds a creative story line which separates her from all other CISSP books. I recommend this book to anyone who needs to look up CISSP topics when studying for the CISSP exam. This book series now in the 6th edition has been used by many as the official courseware for the class. There are several real world scenarios that are discussed and relevant practice test questions. Some choose to read this book cover-to-cover, others research the topics they are less fluent with. In either case, the CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide and the CISSP Practice Exams (2nd Edition) are likely to be the only two books you'll need to compliment your career. Get this book as a self-study tool or as a desk reference for your Security Operations Center (SOC). I've been using this book since the 1st edition and I'm one of the few who have page numbers memorized (as I need/use them in the classroom) and I can say that the 6th edition is the BEST. This book is by far; an essential part for studying and passing CISSP. A MUST HAVE! - Leo Dregier
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Although I recommend purchasing and reading this book, I don't recommend it as your prime study material. Ms Harris spends way too much time reiterating the same concepts, and over explaining relatively simple concepts with what is undoubtedly page filers. The more important concepts, such as encryption standards and authentication is inadequately covered to help you on the exam. I studied 4 books, including this one and the CBK and found this book to be the least helpful towards the exam. Oddly, her training videos, which are very costly cover topics not found in this book, which is very odd considering that this is supposed to be the definitive study guide. I can only assume this is to encourage you to purchase the much more costly training videos.

With a master's degree in Cybersecurity, and B.S. in Information Assurance and after reading several other books prior, I found my self constantly making correction notations in this book for information that was poorly explained or over iterated. Of course being able to correct errors in this book assured me that I was ready to take the exam.

For those taking the exam, I suggest keeping this as a cram study guide, for after you learn the subject matter elsewhere, but it is worthless in teaching you the topics needed to pass. My suggestions,

1. Read the official CBK published by ISC2 and highlight important technical information.
2. Repeat step 1, but this time read your highlights
3. Read the Sybex official guide, and highlight sections you are still unsure and the reread only highlighted sections.
4. Skim through this book, and read references to the items you highlighted from the prior two books, for a different perspective.
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