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Eleventh Hour CISSP®: Study Guide Paperback – 7 October 2016
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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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First, I read the Shon Harris book cover to cover all 1200 pages. That book is like drinking from a fire hose and honestly if all the conversational embellishments were taken out, that book would easily shrink to 800 pages. Anyway, if this is your first foray into CISSP read the Shon Harris book or equivalent because there are fundamentals you'll need to know. Now, after you've that book, done the test prep and think you're confident, read this book, take notes in a notebook like it's High School all over again, and summarize what you're reading in this book. This book was outrageous and boiled everything down to the necessity. With a content up for some of the newer CISSP info it could balloon to 300 pages and still remain as accurate and relevant as ever just while covering more bases. Lastly, once you are done reading and writing notes on this book. Pick up the ISC2 test prep question book. Do the questions! What I found primarily was that I needed to slow down, read the question further, and look for the BEST answer. On this exam our own experience in the real world work against us because in some cases we actually do know better. Those were my 3 steps to success, 1) Read the Shon Harris Book. 2) Read this one, write notes and absorb every single word because this book is pure gold. 3) Use the exam prep books like the ISC2 one. Huge piece of advice: It is NOT enough to know why "B" is the correct answer. You need to know why, "A, C,and D" are wrong. Once you start going through the answers in that manner you figure out the thought patterns of these test makers and you know enough now to beat them at their own game.
This book, however, is still useful as a review/memory booster. When I did my last minute review questions before the exam, I had this book and Conrad's CISSP Study Guide 3rd edition within reach. Most chapters are short enough to read more than once. The only thing I would add to this book would be a full length practice test.