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- How to take the CISSP exam RIGHT!
- Where to start on your CISSP certification journey.
- How to study efficiently for the CISSP certification.
- How to use logic on CISSP practice and exam questions to answer questions from the right point of view.
- What to do when you pass or fail the exam and how to get free CPE's.
- Learn why you want to get your CISSP certification, what it can give you.
- Prepare for the 2018 version of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification Exam (next CISSP update is in 2021).
- Wanting to pass the Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification Exam.
- Wanting to learn about management level IT Security and Cyber Security.
Start your CISSP certification journey today with help from Thor Pedersen, the "Best Selling" and "Highest Rated" CISSP instructor on Udemy.
The CISSP certification is the gold standard for IT Security certifications, with over 80,000 open CISSP jobs in the US.
What other students are saying about our "CISSP Certification Introduction" Course:
This is where you need to go first if you decided to take CISSP exam. (Alp, 5-stars).
This course fulfills the exact requirement for which it is designed. It will help me plan my CISSP journey and with tips and tricks. It will be helpful for you to go through this course to get a high level view to plan your CISSP journey. (Batish, 5-stars).
Great course! No nonsense teaching style! Cheers! (Paul, 5-stars).
The course material is well organized and Thor explains it better. The response to the queries are almost immediate. I would be signing up for all his other courses for CISSP. It's lot better than spending for classroom training. (Sandeep, 5-stars).
I have taken many CISSP courses and Thor is absolutely great on helping you get in the security mind set. Thank you Thor! (Giovanna. 5-stars).
In this course you will learn:
An overview of the 8 CISSP domains.
Tips and tricks on how to study smarter for your CISSP certification.
How to find that valuable time to study.
How and when to use your CISSP practice tests.
Exam day; What to expect, the CISSP exam format, the types of exam questions you will see, and CISSP exam approaches.
What you need to do when you pass the CISSP exam (How to get endorsed, earn CPEs, and pay your AMFs)
What to do if you fail the CISSP exam.
Links to 1,000's of free CISSP CPE's.
Prepare for the 2018 version of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification Exam, which is what you will be tested on until the next CISSP curriculum update in 2021.
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✔ Fast and friendly support in the Q&A section.
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✔ Bonus materials: 10 CISSP practice questions from each of the 8 CISSP domains (80)
✔ Bonus materials: Downloadable CISSP study plan, CISSP CAT exam info-graphics
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- Anyone wanting lean more about the CISSP certification!
- Anyone wanting tips, tricks, study approaches and general CISSP information.
- People wanting to grow their IT Security and Cyber Security knowledge.
The CISSP is the GOLD standard of IT Security certifications – it is offered by ISC².
- The most sought after by recruiters, HR and hiring managers.
- Currently 76,000 CISSP job openings in the US, that is more openings than the 67,000 CISSP certified individuals in the US!
- Expected addition of 4.5 million IT Security job worldwide by 2020 – from todays 1,5 million to 6 million in 2020.
- There are as of January 2018 122,289 CISSP’s worldwide in 166 countries.
- If you study for the knowledge, take the certification as well.
- CISSP certified IT Security Professionals make on average 35% more, than non-certified colleagues.
- The CISSP mean salary over $105,000 – $125,000 That is the average.
- IT Security is an awesome field to work in, constant growth and specialization possibilities.
- The projected growth of IT Security and the CISSP certification, remember already today there are more open CISSP jobs in the US than there are CISSP certified people.
8 Domains make up the CISSP CBK (Common Body of Knowledge):
- Security and Risk Management – 15%
- Asset Security – 10%
- Security Architecture and Engineering – 13%
- Communications and Network Security – 14%
- Identity and Access Management (IAM) – 13%
- Security Assessment and Testing – 12%
- Security Operations – 13%
- Software Development Security – 10%
Learn how to CISSP Exam
You need the CISSP knowledge to pass (obviously), but that is not enough.
Understand and answer every question from a Manager or a Risk Advisers point of view, NOT C-level or as a techie.
Spot the keywords (non-repudiation, public key,) and the indicators (Not, Most, First).
The CISSP is a LONG exam, you have 3 hours to answer 100-150 questions.
Eliminate wrong answers: If they ask about encryption and the answer are DES, AES, Sprinkler systems, the OSI model, you can safely eliminate Sprinkler and OSI, you are now at a 50% chance of a right answer.
Do some CISSP practice tests, some the full 3 hours and 100-150 questions to see how you handle it, this is as much mental stamina and reading the questions right as it is the actual knowledge.
There are no prerequisites for taking and passing the exam. If you do not have the 5 year experience required you will be awarded the “Associate of (ISC)²” designation, and you will have 6 years to fulfill the work experience requirements.
Having the right approach to your CISSP goal!
- Why do you want to be CISSP certified? Be able to articulate why and make sure it is YOUR goal.
- Make a plan for your goal, break everything into manageable pieces.
- Tell someone about your goal, why you want it and your plan for it, that makes it a commitment.
- Start NOW! Do not allow yourself to procrastinate.
- Build new habits around your studying, use the buddy system if you can.
- Stop multitasking, it does not work.
- Stop checking social media all the time, have a time slot for social media and safe hours every day.
- Find your peak hours.
- Get enough sleep, nap if you can, exercise, eat and drink enough at the right time and the right foods and drinks.
- Use visualization, have a positive mantra you repeat, use visual reminders, reward yourself when you reach milestones.
- Post your ideas and suggestions in the QA section.
It is normal for students to do 3-5000 practice questions before taking the CISSP exam.
- Close to 50% of your study time will most likely be used on the practice questions.
- Videos > Book > Practice tests and start over, read up on your weak areas, and Practice test again, and again and again...
- Use multiple practice test engines.
- It is possible to spend less than $300 and get enough practice questions, books and videos today!
- Take FULL 3 hour long 100-150 questions several times as exam preparation, know how your brain and body react after 2 hours and 100+ questions.
- Remember who you are on the test, you are an IT Security Manager or Risk Adviser, NOT hands on techie or C-level.
- You need the knowledge to pass (obviously), but that is not enough.
- Understand and answer every question from a Manager or a Risk Advisors point of view, NOT C-level or as a techie.
- Spot the keywords (non-repudiation, public key,) and the indicators (Not, Most, First). Eliminate wrong answers: If they ask about encryption and the answer are DES, AES, Sprinkler systems, the OSI model, you can safely eliminate Sprinkler and OSI, you are now at a 50% chance of a right answer.
THE CISSP EXAM!
Get enough sleep the night before and book your exam in your peak hours.
I suggest not studying on exam day, if you are not ready now, the extra hour won’t matter. Save your brain for the exam.
Be early for the exam, add a 30 minute buffer for surprise traffic.
Bring 2 forms of ID, at least one of them has to be an official ID with a picture (license, passport or similar), the 2nd form of ID does not have to be official, but has to have your full real name.
Bring earplugs, sugar, caffeine, snacks or whatever helps you.
Any break you take will NOT stop the exam, spend them wisely.
Take a break before you hit the wall (if you know when that is).
Write down your mnemonics and formulas while your brain is clear, use the 5 minutes PearsonVUE gives you.
100-150 questions, 25 of those are beta questions, they do not count – Questions are weighted!
85% multiple choice, scenario (multiple choice) 10%, drag-and-drop 3%, hotspot 2%.
Effective Dec. 18, 2017:
(ISC)² will introduce Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) for all English CISSP exams worldwide.
Based on the same exam content outline as the linear, fixed-form exam, CISSP CAT is a more precise and efficient evaluation of your competency.
CISSP CAT enables you to prove your knowledge by answering fewer items and completing the exam in half the time.
I think the change to CAT testing is a good thing, here are a few reasons why:
- Maximum 3 hour exam, same questions and difficulty, but you won’t hit the 4 and 5 hour wall. <Definite win>
- The same questions, same weight as before just less of them <win>
- Minimum 100 questions, maximum 150 questions vs. 250 questions in the current version (still 25 beta questions). Less scenarios less brain-melt <Definite win>
- No ability to review, a little conflicted on this, but probably a good thing not rethinking answers you already did <meh>
- No changes to the curriculum: “As the CISSP exam content outline and passing standard for the linear and CAT versions of the examination are exactly the same, candidate preparation should not change based on the format of the examination.” Nothing to restudy, keep doing what you are doing <Definite win>
The (ISC)² announcement: Effective Dec. 18, 2017: (ISC)² will introduce Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) for all English CISSP exams worldwide. CISSP CAT enables you to prove your knowledge by answering fewer items and completing the exam in half the time.
What is CAT: http://www.iacat.org/what-is-cat
Endorsement by someone who is CISSP certified (or by (ISC)²), you prove your IT Security work experience.
If you do not have the needed 5 years of IT Security experience you have 6 years to fulfil the requirements.
A college degree takes a year of the 5 year requirement, so does many IT Security certificates (no more than 1 year total).
Earning CPE’s and pay annual maintenance fees ($85 /year).
CPE’s (Continuing Professional Education), you need to earn 40 per year at a minimum and 120 every 3 years.
Group A CPE’s: Directly related to IT Security, no annual maximum.
Group B CPE’s: Professional development (non-IT Security), maximum 10 per year.
Each year to keep your certification current you need to earn a certain amount of CPE's.
This is what you need for the CISSP certification.
|CPE Type||Each year||Each 3 year cycle|
|Group A or B||10||30|
You can either do purely group A CPE's or chose to do up to 10 group B CPE's per year.
Group A Credits: Domain-Related Activities
Group A credits relate directly to the cyber security profession. Generally, this consists of activities in the areas covered by the specific domains of the respective credential.
Group B Credits: Professional Development/Knowledge Sharing
Group B credits are earned for completion of general professional development activities which enhance your overall professional skills, education, knowledge, or competency outside of the domains associated with the respective certifications. These generally include professional development programs, such as management courses. While these do not apply directly to the domains, (ISC)² recognizes these skills are vital in the growth of all professionals and their credentials.
More in-depth on how CPE's work:
- Free CPE’s:
- (ISC)² – 500+ CPE’s available (Webinar).
- SANS – 500+ CPE’s available (Webinar).
- ISACA – 100+ CPE’s available (Webinar).
- Infosecurity-magazine + 350+ CPE’s available (Webinar).
- wh1t3rabbit – 250+ CPE’s available (Podcast).
- OWASP 100+ CPE’s available (Podcast).
- Certs.org – 200+ CPE’s available (Podcast).
- Edx.org – 250+ CPE’s available (Online training).
- Coursera – 250+ CPE’s available (Online training).
- Securitytube – 10,000+ CPE’s available (Videos).
- Youtube – 100,000+ CPE’s available (Videos).
It is not the end of the world, it sucks, but what do next determines you success in life.
I have taken a ton of certifications, here is my path to success (bold failed - normal passed).
CCENT 620/710, CCENT, CCNA, CCNP Switch, CCNP ROUTE 688/690, CCNP TSHOOT, CCNP ROUTE 688/690, CCNP ROUTE, CEH, CCNA-Security, CompTIA Security+, CISSP, CCNP TSHOOT Recertification 670/690, CCNP TSHOOT Recertification, SCP, PMP, CCNP TSHOOT Recertification.
If you score 3-5 near proficient or proficient on the CISSP exam, I suggest booking your next exam right away.
1st retake wait time 30 days, 2nd retake wait time 90, 3rd retake wait time 180 days (No more than 3 attempts in a calendar year). After 4th attempt the wait timer resets to 30, 90, 180, 30 and so on.
Don’t take a long break, you will most likely never start studying again.
The $699 retake cost is WAY worth it, remember 35% higher average salary than non-certified colleagues or a mean salary of $110,000 /year.
Keep your eye on your goal, win and get the awesome job and the life you want and deserve!