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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...

October 4, 2019

My CISSP journey...

I have around 6 years in IT security, but over 25 years in IT (including development). So 10 months ago I thought a quick bootcamp would be the best way to pass the CISSP exam. 6 very painful days, 3 hours and 149 and a half questions later, I realised I was wrong.

For weeks after, I thought about retaking, but the beating I took the fi...

September 13, 2019

My journey to CISSP exam started by the one objective: improve my knowledge about Security Information on broad perspective.


So I thought: How can I get this knowledge with the right source and in the same time be challenged by it?


I realized that study to a Security certification should be the best strategy.  When you talk about an Information Security c...

September 9, 2019

Can not believe that I am a winner of the battle today. Cleared my CISSP exam during 8 months with hard study.

Limit time to my family, no hangout and drinking beer with my friends, no having the soccer match on the weekend. Everything is focused on the exam. I would like to share my experience during my studying time. Hope that it can help you find a litt...

August 14, 2019

Provisionally passed July 11, 2019

Timeline:

In 2016 I started thinking about getting CISSP, I checked the certificate requirements, books, other people journeys...etc

I was intimidated by the books size, yeah thousands of pages is not pleasant to read.  I had initial plan to study for it during my maternity leave, yup, was a big mistake,  underestimated new...

August 6, 2019

Romans 8:28 (NASB): And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Guys/Gals,
I passed this thing June 23, 2019, and I honestly thought it was a glitch when the test ended and I saw congratulations on the paper. Truthfully, there were times I wanted to get up and wal...

July 24, 2019

Study Resources and  some insight

1. Cover to Cover Read --> Sybex 8th edition

[Took two months to read this page by page and make notes. Some say read once and take notes 2nd time, how ever 

I feel to read once and take exclusive notes to save some time for not to come back to reread again.]

2. CBK 4th edition  

[Read weak domains like scan through metho...

April 22, 2019

FARAZ ALI KHAN: CISSP Journey
 

I heard the term CISSP first time in 2007, when I was at initial stage of my career and seeking for IT certification to boost my career. But I couldn’t stand on this when I heard it’s one of the toughest exam. At that time, I thought I cannot pass this exam as I was not bright student during my school days.
 

With the passage...

February 23, 2019

Context

I must say that I am not a big fan on study plans. If you have long commutes, a demanding job, the only way out is probably to study smart. Everyone has a different approach,  I like to explain the concepts to my friends to test myself. It is also important to keep reminding yourself why you want to take this exam. For me, it is to prove to others...

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