February 16, 2018

Information Security can be successful only if its treated like a way of thinking, a program and not a project. Preparation for this exam asks for the same approach.

What was in my Toolbox:

Approach: Why does this section I am reading matter for security, who is approving this activity, what is the goal? Ask yourself these questions as you are reading eac...

July 18, 2017

Hi Guys, I passed my exam yesterday. Here was my preparation plan:

- The main book I used was Sybex. I read it cover to cover. I used other books (AIO, CBK, and Eric Conrad) only when I didn't understand few topics from Sybex. I didn't read all these books, just parts of them

- I used Kelly's videos which were a good summary of the material (not all of...

July 3, 2017

How Nish Cracked His CISSP Exam (August 30th, 2017)

Hi everyone. I wanted to share the good news with you all. So many hours of prep and study paid off. Just coming out of the test centee.

Thanks to Luke and the guys who have shared their views.

Few Tips
1. Don't panic, you might doubt yourself on your responses during the test ( I did too for the first few)...

June 29, 2017

As promised and a follow-up to my "I passed" post from last week, here is what I did differently to pass the CISSP on my second attempt after missing it the first time by 18 points.

1. Sari Greene Exam Prep videos (watched over and over again)

2. Cybrary (watched several times)

3. Some of Eric Conrad (3rd Ed. and 11th Hour)

4. A few Sybex chapters

5. A...

April 27, 2017

How Devon Passed CISSP

OK - to start, my advice will be, don't do what I did. I initially started studying for this exam with the idea of spending as little money as possible.

Well, $6000 later, I was willing to do just about anything to pass.

See the timeline below:

August, 2016: I decided I was going to take the CISSP. Being a super intelligent guy, I was...

April 24, 2017

"Previously, they had 10 domains, now they have 8." This was the first sentence I ever heard about CISSP in my life. Two guys in one of my projects were discussing about CISSP, I began asking them about it and they started narrating CISSP studies as if they were narrating a horror story to give me nightmares. But fortunately, as I really love challenges i...

April 21, 2017

Dear Friends,

Here is my detailed study plan and important factors that contributed to success in my first attempt.

Having around 12 years of IT experience mostly in Development and Security.

I would like to thank God, my spiritual teachers, my wife and all my friends who helped me to achieve this goal.

Thanks to Luke Ahmed for this group!

It is said tha...

April 21, 2017

OK, here is my feedback after successful examination.

Background and experience: 10+ years of implementing various security solutions in engineer and consulting role. Encryption, DLP, AV, HIPS and Endpoint Security Solutions.

Ahmed Khatib and Luke Ahmed, first of all thank you for creating the Budding CISSPs Telegram group and the CISSP Facebook Study Group...

April 18, 2017

Concepts. Concepts. Concepts.

Heyy guys! I recently cleared my CISSP exam, fortunately in my maiden attempt. Here is how I went about it. Hopefully, it will be helpful for all those aspiring to become CISSP certified. I have tried to answer all the queries I received, in this article. I apologize I couldn’t answer them sooner, as I am travelling right now....

March 23, 2017

Thanks Luke Ahmed for starting this site. I passed my test today. I found this Facebook group helpful to discuss practice questions where I didn't understand the answer. There are a lot of great minds on this site to have those discussions.

Here is what I did:
I took a one week Global Knowledge class that was helpful to kickoff my studies. But, I wouldn't...

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