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Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Third Edition ((ISC)2 Press) 3rd Edition

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  • Series: (ISC)2 Press (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 1520 pages
  • Publisher: Auerbach Publications; 3 edition (December 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146656976X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466569768
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A TERRIBLE guide!! ISC2 makes the most simple concepts very complicated and really hard to understand (compared to the Shon Harris...compared to any other study guide). You're better off watching youtube explain it! And not to mention the horrible editing job full of spelling and syntactical errors. There's a section that is explaining the Layer 5 Session layer that ends with something along the lines of, "Layer 6 protocols include NFS, Netbios..." So make sure you pay attention! And because of the way some paragraphs are aligned, you have some sentences that have no spaces-yesyoureadthatright,nospaceswhatsoeverandtheentirelinelooksalotlikethis. The section headers are vague , and unlike Shon Harris, it does not do a review or give a bulleted list of the main points of the section (which I find very helpful in a 1000+ page book). I'd knock a book for the technical editing alone, but for it to have bad editing AND is impossible to understand??! This is the THIRD Edition?! Let's just say if you're planning on buying this book, make sure you have ANOTHER book to reference!
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This 'official' book is a pretty sad piece of work. It is riddled with typographical errors, poor grammar, and ambiguous text. 70% of the book is dated, 20% is opinion masquerading as fact, and 10% is plain wrong. (Example; the section in Cryptography that starts "Differential Cryptanalysis: Also called a side channel attack..." is just embarrassingly bad rubbish).

The 'example questions' are largely pot luck; some of these are a challenge to an experienced native language speaker and would be very difficult for an ESL student. In any event, they break one of the core principles of good multiple choice assessment, to test the student's knowledge of the topic, rather than their skill at interpreting ambiguous sentence construction. (Fortunately the actual CISSP questions, while far from perfect, are significantly better than the dross in this book).

That said, there are some good, well written chapters in this book; I particularly liked the chapters on Telco and Network Security, the legal chapter, and the last chapter on Physical Security. The chapter on Physical Security in particular was well structured, well explained and well edited; it's a shame the other chapters couldn't be brought up to the same standard.

Given the price of this book, and the 'official' nature of it (is it actually official?) it's a disappointing effort. It's verbose, fragmented, poorly edited, and most of all dated. There's a lot of material in here about stuff which was trendy in the 80s and 90s, and not much of anything past that; there's no serious discussion of cloud computing for example, or mobile computing, or social media. (Hint to the authors - there's more to software security than buffer overflows. No, really.)

As a final note, while the book covers a wide range of stuff, it didn't actually cover all the material on the exam... which is something of a shortcoming given its great length.
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Good day to all,

I agree with Ben, you have to be careful when buying for the Kindle. It seems the whole book is not available for the Kindle, you have to buy one domain at the time at $9.99. Even when you look at the paper version of the book it still point you to only one domain at $9.99, like many others have said this is very misleading.

This is the first time ever that I see a book that cost more in Digital format than Paper format. ISC2 press need to revise their strategy for sure.

I spent a lot of time attempting to find all ten domains in Kindle format and I could not. It seems Telecommunication and Network Security had issues that needs to be fixed by the publisher and it is not available to buy, you can only view portion of it. I have not seen Software Security at all, I could not find it. Hopefully these two domains will be added to complete the whole set.

I have published a list of the accurate links you can use to get each of the chapters on my CCCure web site.

So far I have only read quickly through some of the chapters but it seems to be more cohesive than the last edition. One good thing this time is the fact there is only one main author instead of having dozen of them with different writing style like the old edition.

I will post a further review about the content itself once I read through multiple chapters.

Best regards

Clement
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Look, don't let the word "official" get to you. There are no "official" books to the 10 information security domains. ISC2 does not own the CBK.

Having read this cover-to-cover I must say this is by far the most complicated and mis-organized book I have ever seen. The good points about this book is if you are able to navigate the confusing headers without a proper table of content to guide you, then 90% of the testable content is there.

Some points that I think the book needs to improve upon:
1) Headings are absolutely inconsistent. The eesay/thesis format is inappropriate for this book. Some headers are bolded, others are underlined, yet others are italicized. The worst part: they're all different among different chapters. You're sure to get lost with where you are in the chapter.

2) Content is "over-emphasied". In short, this book takes absolutely simple concepts like "least privilege" and "need to know" which most other resources are able to explain in a paragraph or less (Eric Corrand does it in a paragraph, Shon Harris does it in 2, Wikipedia does it in a sentence). This book does it in 5 pages, and goes on to information rarely relevant to the concept. You're sure to cloud your understanding reading about concepts in this book.

3) Overlapping information. Each chapter in this book is its own "essay" or "thesis", written by a different "Subject matter expert", but reviewed by the Tiptons. Think of it as a binder of 10 different books stapled together...again, without a table of contents. You're sure to have fun trying to grasp the writing styles of the different authors while trying to eliminate overlapping points in your notes.

I recommend you ease your studying efforts and go for another resource.
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