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CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition 5th Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Talk about thorough. After you read this and take the test you keep this on on the shelf for future reference.Published 1 month ago by Mark
R.I.P Shon Harris.
I read this book 3 times and did all the practice questions that came with it. I gave myself 6 months for preparation and was rewarded by passing the exam.
Was a good study guide as far as it goes. It did help me to understand the somewhat narrow mind set of security compliance as an industry. Nearly NO technical content.Published 3 months ago by Jon E. Shum
Best book ever written for professionals who wish to gain composite knowledge of all possible security areas. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Neeraj Shah
Readable study guide. Humor and easy to read allowed for easier learning of material.Published 5 months ago by Matthew Carroll