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CISSP Study Guide Paperback – 17 December 2015
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Seth Misenar (CISSP, GPEN, GCIH, GCIA, GCFA, GWAPT, GCWN, GSEC, MCSE, MCDBA), is a certified instructor with the SANS Institute and serves as lead consultant for Context Security, which is based in Jackson, Mississippi. His background includes security research, network and Web application penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, regulatory compliance, security architecture design, and general security consulting. Seth previously served as a physical and network security consultant for Fortune 100 companies and as the HIPAA and information security officer for a state government agency. He teaches a variety of courses for the SANS Institute, including Security Essentials, Web Application Penetration Testing, Hacker Techniques, and the CISSP course.
Seth is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Information Security Engineering from the SANS Technology Institute and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi.
Joshua Feldman (CISSP), is currently employed by SAIC, Inc. He has been involved in the Department of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Information Assurance Education, Training, and Awareness program since 2002, where he has contributed to a variety of DoD-wide Information Assurance and Cyber Security policies, specifically the 8500.2 and 8570 series. Joshua has taught more than a thousand DoD students through his "DoD IA Boot Camp" course. He is a subject matter expert for the Web-based DoD Information Assurance Awareness-yearly training of every DoD user is required as part of his or her security awareness curriculum. Also, he is a regular presenter and panel member at the annual Information Assurance Symposium hosted jointly by DISA and NSA. Before joining the support team at DoD/DISA, Joshua spent time as an IT security engineer at the Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security. He got his start in the IT security field with NFR Security Software, a company that manufactures Intrusion Detection Systems. There, he worked as both a trainer and an engineer, implementing IDS technologies and instructing customers how in properly configuring them.
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Chapter 4 has the secret sauce for mapping equipment to the OSI model. This chapter would probably help people studying for CASP too. And, if your previous test prep experience includes reading Darril Gibson for Security+, then the CISSP Study Guide 3rd edition is for you!
Overall, this book is on-point and concise, which overcomes the problem of information overload that I found with the Shon Harris book and Official CISSP Study guide. Pay attention to the questions at the end of each chapter as they are relevant to the exam. Don't expect the exact questions you will see on the exam, but it provides the core concepts so you can pass the exam.
I took off one start because there were a few concepts missing in this book that were on the exam. Kelly Handerhan's superb videos filled in the gaps. I only found questions that referenced material I wasn't familiar with, which I have to chalk up to a test question.
I recommend this book if you have actual infosec experience and just want a good book without fluff to get you through this test. It covers everything you need from the SANS Course for a fraction of the cost.