May 8, 2017

Around 50 people contact me on a monthly basis asking how to start and pass the CISSP exam.  I provide them a single technique that has helped 90% of those students get certified.  

The technique is not a brain dump.  It's not trying to make you a better test taker.  It's not a shortcut.  It's not easy.

It relies more on how hard you work and...

CISSP is a conceptual exam, that needs a reasonable, prudent guy with a managerial mindset. CISSP candidate needs to build their mentality around the following general bullet points and apply it on each and every domain. The list is by no means, a full list; you are kindly asked to add your comments, or debate and contradict those listed so that to build...

March 16, 2017

Thought I’d share some of my top tips for passing the CISSP exam.

#5 Read and Relate

“I don’t understand, I read the Shon Harris book 3 times! How did I fail the exam?”

You read The Odyssey.

You read The Old Man and The Sea.

You read To Kill A Mockingbird.

You don’t read a CISSP study guide.  You must relate and understand a CISSP study guide.

Software Developme...

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...

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...

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 25, 2016

While studying for my CISSP I found it incredibly helpful to read the latest hacker news and security compromises in the world, and relate it directly to my CISSP studies.

When Target had a breach, the company announced they would create a CIO position.  Why?  I went to the Information Security and Risk Governance chapter, and read up on information securi...

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...

June 28, 2015

The CCNA and CISSP are two completely different certifications.  To begin with, one tests you on networking and architecture, while the other will test you on all domains of information security.

The CCNA will help you configure Cisco routers and switches, but it will also go into a lot about the technical aspects of networking.

It’ll teach you about genera...

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