My CISSP 2021 Exam Journey

If you are preparing for the new 2021 Version of the CISSP Exam, then this is for you!
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1. The Official CISSP Course, and the student guide;
2. How I took stock at the start of the revision process;
3. How I revised using the practice questions and the study guide;
4. The exam itself; and
5. Lessons learned.


  • If you are preparing for the new 2021 version of CISSP Exam, this is for you!


My CISSP Exam Journey

Hi, Everyone,

My name is Simon Di Nucci and I've just passed the new CISSP exam; for those of you that don't know what that is, that's the Certified Information Systems Security professional. It's new because, the exams have been around a long time, but the syllabus and the exam itself have undergone a significant change as of the 1st of May this year. I’m probably one of the first people to pass the new exam, which I have to tell you was a great relief because it really was a tough exam and it was tough preparing for it.

It was a big mountain to climb. I am very, very relieved to have passed. Now, I hope to share some lessons with you. When I mentioned that I passed on the cybersecurity groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, I got a huge response from people who appreciated how difficult it is to do this and also lots of questions. And whilst I can't talk about the specifics of the exam, that's not allowed, I can share some really useful lessons learned from my journey.

Introduction. So I'm going to be talking about what I did:

1. The Official Course, and the Student Guide;

2. How I took stock at the start of the revision process;

3. How I revised using the practice questions and the Study Guide;

4. Something about the exam itself; and

5. Lessons learned.

So those are the five topics that I'm going to be talking about.

Who this course is for:

  • CISSP students, particularly if you don't currently work in cybersecurity.

Course content

2 sections7 lectures47m total length
  • Introduction
  • The Official Course
  • Taking Stock
  • Practice Questions
  • Taking the Exam
  • Lessons Learned


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Simon Di Nucci
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Hi, I'm Simon Di Nucci, and I have spent more than 20 years as a system safety engineer. I have always sought to pass on my expertise to others.

I was part of the team that taught the official safety engineering courses to all UK Ministry of Defence staff. I then went on to create bespoke safety courses for several different clients, including the UK Military Aviation Authority. I'm now teaching safety online, to anyone who wants to do Safety, Just Right.

To do this, I have drawn on my wide and deep experience in safety consulting and engineering. Much of my career has been working for governments or consulting to the public sector on Australian, UK, US, and European programs.

I am a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIE(Aust)) and a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering & Technology (CEng IET).  I have an MSc in Safety-Critical Systems Engineering.