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The CISSP Prep Guide Hardcover – Oct 31 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Gold Edition edition (Oct. 31 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047126802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471268024
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 5.6 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,870,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

An arsenal of inside information on CISSP and how to master the certification test!

More and more frequently, corporations are requiring that their employees provide professional certifications to prove that they possess the core competencies to do their technical jobs. The Certified Information Systems Security Professional examination (CISSP) is the industry standard test for IT security professionals administered by ISC2. CISSP-exam experts, Ronald Krutz and Russell Dean Vines, have updated and improved their bestselling The CISSP Prep Guide, complete with inside tips and information on how to master the CISSP certification test.

Packed with nearly 700 questions and answers, this all-in-one resource includes:
* 260 questions and answers from The CISSP Prep Guide, updated for each of the ten domains covered in the certification exam
* 100 new bonus questions and answers created for the Gold Edition
* More than 325 advanced questions and answers from the authors' book, Advanced CISSP Prep Guide Q&A
* Coverage of the fundamental content of the CBK, focused to present only the information you'll need to know for the CISSP examination

Test yourself using the interactive CD-ROM! This CD-ROM includes the Wiley test engine powered by Boson Software, which allows you to choose between randomly generated practice exams on the standard topics or advanced topics covered in the book.

About the Author

RONALD L. KRUTZ is the Senior Information Security Consultant for Corbett Technologies, specializing in information assurance appraisal methodologies. He is a lead instructor for the CISSP CBK review seminars and former faculty R&D Director at Carnegie Mellon University Research Institute. He holds a PhD in computer engineering, is a registered professional engineer, and is a CISSP. He is the author of four previous Wiley books, including The CISSP Prep Guide.

RUSSELL DEAN VINES is President of The RDV Group, a New York-based security services firm. Previously, he was consulting manager, Security Services, Realtech Systems. Vines has been involved in computer security for fifteen years and has helped create the security design and architecture for Fortune 1000 companies worldwide, and consults regularly for the U.S. Government and the Department of Defense. He is a certified CISSP and CCNA, MCSE, MCNE, and NSA/IAM professional.

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Format: Hardcover
I studied for the CISSP exam using this book, parts of other books, and some online resources. I also took the seminar offered by ISC^2. A month after completing the seminar, I took the exam. And about a week or so after that, I was relieved to find out that I had passed. Based on my experience, here are some words to the wise about this book in reference to the actual exam.
A review of any preparatory book has to be done in comparison with other books that attempt to do the same. It is no use criticizing a particular book only to find out that no better resource exists. However, it is important to highlight how a particular book compares with the actual goal of preparing the student for the particular exam that has to be taken. With that in mind, I will state up front that IMHO this book is probably one of the better books out there when preparing for the CISSP exam. (I have not read the Shon Harris book so I can not comment on it. However, from what I've heard, it is better in its coverage of the not-so-technical domains of the CISSP exam like Security Models and Law/Ethics. Perhaps a combination of these two books would be most effective in terms of preparing for the exam -- along with other resources of course.)
Coverage of some of the technical topics in this book seems very good. I was particularly impressed with their coverage of the Cryptography chapter -- it is a difficult topic and the book seems to do a decent job of covering it. However, be aware that the coverage of this topic in the book is above and beyond the level required for CISSP. The authors go into significant details on certain algorithms etc. which is absolutely unnecessary for CISSP.
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Format: Hardcover
I just took the CISSP exam after three weeks of studying, with The CISSP Prep Guide: Gold Edition as my main study guide. Unfortunately, Krutz & Vines have included a wealth of information that I didn't need to know, meaning I spent hours memorizing superfluous information. For example, they delve into the gory details of the various cryptographic algorithms. I was careful to learn that information, only to have another exam guide point out that "the CISSP exam does not cover the specific details of how cryptographic algorithms work, so if you are confused by this information, feel free to move on."
While it is true that you can do well on the CISSP test by studying this book, you don't need much of the information presented here, and most of it is presented more concisely in other study guides. Furthermore, other study guides I used contained valuable information that was not in this book, information that did appear in test questions.
As goofy and badly-written as it may seem, Shon Harris's study guide will serve you better in the end.
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Format: Hardcover
I just took the CISSP exam after three weeks of studying, with The CISSP Prep Guide: Gold Edition as my main study guide. Unfortunately, Krutz & Vines have included a wealth of information that I didn't need to know, meaning I spent hours memorizing superfluous information. For example, they delve into the gory details of the various cryptographic algorithms. I was careful to learn that information, only to have another exam guide point out that "the CISSP exam does not cover the specific details of how cryptographic algorithms work, so if you are confused by this information, feel free to move on."
While it is true that you can do well on the CISSP test by studying this book, you don't need much of the information presented here, and most of it is presented more concisely in other study guides. Furthermore, other study guides I used contained valuable information that was not in this book, information that did appear in test questions.
As goofy and badly-written as it may seem, Shon Harris's study guide will serve you better in the end.
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By A Customer on July 1 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just passed the CISSP on my first go after a month's study. I used this book as my primary study reference although I also had the All-in-One CISSP guide.
My main problems with the Prep Guide:
1) It reads like a long white-paper. There are precious few examples and it is painfully obvious there was no effort on the part of the authors to make the subject matter interesting (which, by nature, it is). Additionally, the book has about as much flow or continuity as a section of tax code. Seriously, there is no excuse for how dull and choppy this tome can be. I've had more fun reading the dictionary. [Unfortunately Shon Harris' all-in-one is a little too far in the other direction being filled with useless illustrations and child-speak.]
2) The Advanced Sample Questions are too advanced and the text goes too deep in too many areas. Remember, the CISSP is not an engineering exam.. You don't have to know how to actually DO anything, you just need to be able to sound like you have a clue [read: management/consultant] I was more than a little peeved when Krutz launched into a dissection of the cryptographic ciphers that was way too deep to be applicable to the test yet too short to really give the reader a meaningful understanding. [The difference here between all-in-1 and the Prep Guide is astonishing.] The advanced sample questions were, quite simply, too advanced much of the time.
3) Really, WHAT is the point of the long section on HIPAA in the book??? Its not on the exam!!! I thought this was a study guide, not a general security practicioner's book! Waste of pages, guys.
So yeah, you can get the CISSP title by using this book like you can get fit by joining the Marines. I'm inclined to suggest there are easier ways. Unfortunately the all-in-1 guide is a little too fluffy for my tastes but at least you can flip through it in no time. Good luck.
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