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Just passed CISSP

#3
Sad to say, it is the core of a cash generating machine and the knowledge within it is about as deep as paper.

The exam is hard to pass due to the sheer volume of knowledge and the style of multiple choice question which could provide as many as four correct answers, the knack is identifying the most correct answer.

Best route is to go on the 'authorised course' costing a number of thousands of pounds, then keep your fees up to date and your CPEs, which will in turn cost more money.

For Information Security contractors this is a handy course to do, but it is no longer the only course.

Well done though MSR.
 
#4
the_matelot said:
Well done you uber geek. :D

Now can you share any pointers with those of us who are contemplating doing it? What provider did you use/books etc?
I used Stewart, Tittel, Chapple (Sybex): http://bookbrain.co.uk/pricesearch.aspx?isbn=0470276886 and Gregg (Que): http://bookbrain.co.uk/pricesearch.aspx?isbn=0789738066

Plus a bit of assistance from Salford Uni: http://www.business.salford.ac.uk/PG/informationsecuritymanagement

And I want to put on record the miserable scrotes of Firebrand Training in Wyboston, where I took the exam (6hrs long), who laid on drinks and sandwiches then said the sandwiches were only available to those who had attended their course and were not for those who had come for the exam only.

msr
 
#6
Its a handy course to do as a base, add to it by taking either CISM or CISA, chuck in an iseb CISMP and most importantly get some time on the ground!

Look to where you want to go with your security career, ie Government based or commercial based.

Government or Defence career you will want to work to getting to the heady height of CLAS (CESG Listed Adviser), then become a contractor (serious bucks!).

Top Professional orgs to join are the IISP, join as an Associate Member then try to obtain Full Membership which is a qual in its own right,

and the BCS, again join as a Professional Member (MBCS) and aim for your Chartered Status (CITP).

Tony - CLAS MBCS CITP M.Inst.ISP
 
#7
CISMP: A minimum of 12 months experience within any IT job. No technical skill or Security background is required.

Course Fee = £1765 (excl.VAT)

No thanks ;)
 

Alsacien

MIA
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#8
Beerfun said:
Its a handy course to do as a base, add to it by taking either CISM or CISA, chuck in an iseb CISMP and most importantly get some time on the ground!

Look to where you want to go with your security career, ie Government based or commercial based.

Government or Defence career you will want to work to getting to the heady height of CLAS (CESG Listed Adviser), then become a contractor (serious bucks!).

Top Professional orgs to join are the IISP, join as an Associate Member then try to obtain Full Membership which is a qual in its own right,

and the BCS, again join as a Professional Member (MBCS) and aim for your Chartered Status (CITP).

Tony - CLAS MBCS CITP M.Inst.ISP
Why? So you can have a CV of alphabettispagetthi?
 
#9
Finally application endorsed :)

Congratulations! It gives me great pleasure to be the first to address you with the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) designation!

Based upon your examination results, a review of your application and acceptance of your endorsement, the (ISC)2 Board of Directors awarded you with the CISSP designation.

msr
 
#12
oh well i thought i was doing ok self teaching myself the CCNA offshoots of voice,wireless and security. passing the exams all in a summer, guess i'm still a divvy. Although i did upgrade all the fibre systems in salford uni so in a way i aided you!!! (the pbx system downstairs from the main foyer is a crock of shit by the way)
 
#14
oh well i thought i was doing ok self teaching myself the CCNA offshoots of voice,wireless and security. passing the exams all in a summer, guess i'm still a divvy. Although i did upgrade all the fibre systems in salford uni so in a way i aided you!!! (the pbx system downstairs from the main foyer is a crock of shit by the way)
That PBX wasn't the Thorn Erricsson one was it. If it was i put that in and it was state of the art in 1988 i will have you know.
 
#18
I can't remember if there was a whole slice of Industry specialising in getting folk to pay for "qualifications" in arcane subjects when I was actively careerist. I do remember boring myself daft to become an "MIEx" and getting a cheque for being a top student from the Institute - but I don't remember it costing mega bucks or there being a commercial organisations out there leaching on "teaching" it.

Bad enough we have an economy burdened with the dead hand of state paper-pushers, now it seems we have a whole new field of wasted effort - more added expense with no real output.
 
#20
I'm on CISM next month with Firebrand. Did CISSP earlier this year. How did the former compare to the latter?

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CISM was more focussed on the management side of things.

Just don't tell Firebrand that I helped myself to their sarnies, licked the rest and carefully replaced the clingfilm :)


m-s-r
 

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