March 15, 2020


(Commitment, Inspiration, Sacrifice, Smartness, Perseverance)

My Preparation Plan - Attitude towards CISSP

- Started off with Shon Harris AIO – 8th edition. Studied cover to cover in solid 2 months. It built up the in-depth concepts. Did the AIO 1600 Qs domain wise while studying the AIO book. Started relating all my 8+ years of experience in different...

February 24, 2020

Winter is always a time of continuous critical thinking on this complex topic: what to do with the kids instead of being in the house all day? 

My day consists of thinking about what problems were solved on the firewalls at work, what new CISSP content to create for the member's portal, catching up on email, answering direct messages, and what new fun act...

February 24, 2020

Ahmed S. is feeling thankful.

Last Sunday, I killed the beast. 8th of December 2019, I will remember this day.  Although the journey wasn't easy and the exam was very tough, I will miss it.  CISSP was not a just exam, it was a journey of gaining knowledge, identifying my weakness and correcting wrong concepts.

If you still didn't pass yet, th...

February 7, 2020

Hello Everyone. 

I passed the CISSP a few days ago Alhumdulilah, and for a few days disconnected from everything and took a well needed break. 

A big thanks goes to the Study Notes and Theory CISSP Facebook group and Luke. 

I remember when I started off and joined when this was a group of a few members, I am amazed at how much we have grown and achieved...

February 4, 2020

I started my Journey in 2016 while CISSP was composed of 10 Chapters and  250 questions in the exam . 

I took printout of all 10 Chapters from the Shon Harris AIO.  Studied hard in each and every line as well as word and started preparing my own handwritten wotes in two workbooks. I liked the chapter CRYPTOGRAPHY very much and really worked hard to dr...

January 23, 2020

I passed the CISSP exam on my first try on Saturday, November 2, 2019 after months of preparation and several starts and stops. Aspiring CISSPs have asked me how I did it.

Here are some of the specifics of my journey.

I initially followed the typical recommendation to read a reputable study guide from beginning to end and then to read it agai...

December 14, 2019

Life in security has been one of sporadic accomplishment and constant humility.  As in, I can resolve most firewall related problems, but other times just completely (and shamefully) miss the mark.  Luckily, I work with some brilliant network security engineers who are there to help. 

It started out with a simple change inquiry from our netw...

December 8, 2019

I could summarize my CISSP journey with one single motto: “never give up”. It has been an intense and difficult experience, but I can confirm that it has been crucial to test my true intention to become a cybersecurity professional and understand the core value of the 3rd and 4th CISSP ethical canons.

Yesterday – November 23rd , 2019 – I have passed my C...

December 3, 2019

Here goes my exam preparation journey debrief:

I started the CISSP journey about 8 months back (with Sybex version 7). Since the subject was vast and I am not great at cramming, I wanted to space it out. Also, I relied on lot more of audio/video content compared to reading books intensely.

My approach was as follows:

Phase 1: Getting familiar with the overa...

November 25, 2019

You've read a few books, or a single book, cover to cover.  

You've taken over 3,000 practice questions.

Your non-copyright-infringing PDF notes are always within reach.  

You know about securing data in motion, your knowledge of cloud computing topics is solid and your network security concepts may not all be there, but you've accepted this risk.  You'...

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