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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.
 

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

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...

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'...

November 11, 2019

I passed the CISSP on 1 Oct 2019!

Wow, what a process.

I began semi-formally studying about a year prior off-and-on. I do, however, read about tech and security constantly.  I started formally/scheduled studying a couple of months out an hour or two per day. Then the month of Sept I shut everything else down (for the most part) and dedicated all time to stu...

August 1, 2019

I am pleased to share that I cleared CISSP on 27th May 2019 in the first attempt. May seems to be a lucky month for me as a year back I cleared my CCIE Security in May itself :). 

From that day onwards, I have been receiving multiple messages from friends and colleagues who are interested in taking this exam. Thus, I wanted to share my experience on this j...

June 25, 2019

Becoming a CISSP has been something I wanted to achieve for 5 years; which then became 6, 7 and finally 8 years. 8 years of procrastination.

Family, kids, unforgiving work; sound familiar?
 

My journey started with a study group which disbanded at work after a couple months. I was determined and wasn’t going to let this be another excuse not to continue. S...

June 15, 2019

My CISSP Journey

Hi Friends, I have been a passive lurker in this group for a long time . Have been thinking of doing this certification for more than 5 years but could not commit dedicated time due to being lazy and family commitments.

After changing permanent job to a contract job and only earner in family, got the motivation to commit time for this exam....

June 10, 2019

Hi everyone,

I have passed the test yesterday at 101 questions in 1h30. Here are some tips/experience which works for me (might not suitable for others so its totally your call to apply or not).

1. Try as many practice sources as you can, don’t stick with one because you will be familiar with wording style/questions and answers. Some resources I used are Lu...

April 15, 2019

I am happy and relieved to say that I cracked the CISSP on March 18th. I was inspired and motivated by reading how others studied for this exam and the challenges they overcame to do so, and I’m pleased and humbled to add my own story.

First a bit of background: I’m 53 years old and I’ve been in IT for 20 years, first as an IT manager in a small company, t...

March 18, 2019

"Should I read the books and then watch the videos?"

"Should I watch videos after I read each CISSP domain?"

"When should I take practice questions? After reading the entire book, watching the videos, or after reading each domain?"

These are a combination of some of the common questions I get when a CISSP aspirant is just starting out their studies and wants...

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