March 10, 2017

More than helping folks pass their CISSP, I like reading about their study experiences after passing the exam even more!

Here is a collection of some great quotes from those who already cracked their CISSP and shared their experience!

  • The key to pass this exam are 2 things: 1) how bad you want it, and 2) the force behind you (your wife/husband, your fam...

March 8, 2017

I was the first person in the CISSP testing center, arriving about 45 minutes early.  The day had come! I was so nervous, and the only thing I could do from throwing up was just studying whatever book or document I brought with me.

I used the below document, which is free to the public by their generous authors, right up until the moment I entered the test...

March 2, 2017

HUGE thanks to the original contributors for updating the Sunflower Free CISSP Summary to reflect the new domains of the CISSP exam.  It played a major role in helping me, and others, pass their CISSP exam.

We truly appreciate your selfless work and dedication to the exam, and this field. 

Click here to download the free copy: 


February 24, 2017

I knew if I wanted to pass the CISSP the first time, I’d need to eat, sleep, dream, breathe the CISSP.

Studying for the CISSP became a strong part of my everyday thinking.  I’d wake up thinking about DRP/BCP, and I’d go to sleep thinking about Mandatory Access Control.

When spending some quality time with my wife watching movies, I’d start to notice helpful...

December 26, 2016

Here is what I can tell you about the CISSP exam: 

Don’t just memorize the different block and key sizes of symmetric encryption,understand them.

Don’t just memorize the different evaluation levels of the TCSEC and Common Criteria, be able to understand why they were created.  

Don’t just memorize the different WAN technologies and protocols, relate the...

May 20, 2016

CISSP is a conceptual exam, that needs a reasonable, prudent person with a managerial mindset. CISSP candidate needs to build his or her mentality around the following general bullet points and apply it on each and every domain.

The list is by no means a full list. The list below is written by me from my humble experience in the info. sec and the CISSP st...

May 7, 2016

Thanks to Ashok for these must know security terms! 

But remember, the CISSP isn’t a test of memorization, it’s a test of concepts.  

Read these terms, understand what they mean, and then try to visualize where they reside in the BIG picture of information security! 

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March 7, 2016

Ed Spencer is currently studying for his CISSP exam, returning to college, works a full-time job, contributes to this site, and all with exemplary professionalism.

So what does he do when he wants to get a jump start on passing the CISSP?

He takes a course.  But not a course like everyone else.

He takes an incredibly challenging all out information security...

January 17, 2016

Good Morning/Good Afternoon/Good Evening to my CISSP colleagues. Since I am off work today I wanted to share some thoughts reference to preparing for the CISSP certification exam. It has been exceptionally busy at work this last week as I worked 11 days straight.

My study time was minimal due to the demands of being a Chief Information Officer. I am doing...

July 9, 2015

Study Notes and Theory’s Facebook study group has a TON of good information for the CISSP exam.Here is an exam strategy that I also used to pass the exam.The below strategy comes from one of our group members, Ed Spencer.

I’d go through the Shon Harris book again… only take notes as you go through it to reinforce the informat...

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