I purchased this book mostly to gain access to the online test bank, which is the same as the book. Gaining access to the website to use the online test bank was easy - no problems there, just follow the directions in the book.
I like the online test bank because you can customize it by domain and the number of questions you want to practice on. For example, I set up a study session of 100 questions in Domain 1 and in Practice Mode. Practice Mode means that I can instantly see which answers I got right or wrong and get an explanation of what the right answer is and why it is the right answer on the spot. The other option is Expert Mode, which is like taking the actual exam in the sense that you won’t know what you got right or wrong until you are done with your practice test. I like Practice Mode because this method of study works quite well for me and helps me to reinforce the right answer on the spot.
With that being said, I did come across a question and answer that I believe to be incorrect in the test bank. The question has to do with someone from a country in Europe (France, I believe) visiting a hospital in the USA and requesting their information be removed after their visit (Right to be Forgotten, under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)). Of the choices given, I chose HIPPA, but didn't like that answer either. The answer in the online test bank stated that the answer was the GDPR, which provided the patient the “Right to be Forgotten.” However, that answer didn't settle well with me either because in the scenario given, the person from France was in the USA at the time of the visit to the hospital. After doing some quick research, the GDPR does not apply to someone visiting the USA, regardless of what the laws are in Europe.
Because of this, it called into question the validity of all the questions and answers in the study guide and I don't know how much I can trust this test bank now. However, I realize that finding reliable study material for the CISSP is a daunting task to begin with, so I will continue to use this *and* two other sources. My hope is that between the three, I will be armed with enough knowledge to pass the test when I take it in May or June of 2019.
This review was written on 2/22/2019 and I’m currently rating this product 3/5 stars. After I take the test, I will update this review at that time.
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Jonathan Ham, CISSP, GSEC, GCIA, GCIH, is an independent consultant who specializes in large-scale enterprise security issues, from policy and procedure, through staffing and training, to scalable prevention, detection, and response technology and techniques. With a keen understanding of ROI and TCO, he has helped his clients achieve greater success for more than 12 years, advising in both the public and private sectors, from small upstarts to the Fortune 500. Jonathan has been commissioned to teach NCIS investigators how to use Snort, performed packet analysis from a facility more than 2000 feet underground, and chartered and trained the CIRT for one of the largest U.S. civilian federal agencies. He is a member of the GIAC Advisory Board and is a SANS instructor teaching their MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP Certification course. He is also co-author of Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers through Cyberspace, a textbook published by Prentice-Hall.
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One Question/Answer was not correct, read on . . .23 February 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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Learn Why Some Answers Are Better29 March 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Very useful for studying. This book discusses not only the correct response, but why the other answers are wrong. Frequently, there is more than 1 correct answer. It is important to understand why the correct answer was "more right" than the other answers.
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Did not assist training
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Must attempt to take at least 2 full tests from here!21 December 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Very useful. I liked the way it allows u to customize the test you want to take.
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