I've come over to this side of the forum after passing the OSCP - blog here: http://www.techexams.net/forums/security-certifications/129407-cybercops-oscp-blog.html
I'm very humbled and excited to have passed this as it was something that months ago I couldn't even imagine achieving it. Now I'm onto my next challenge and it's the CISSP.
I'm from a more technical background and so the main challenge I think for me is the management side of things, and the business type stuff in the CISSP.
I have bought the Sybex CISSP Book
- 7th edition and also the question book too
Also Eric Conrad's 11th Hour
- the small one
It's very likely I will buy the bigger book by Eric Conrad
after I finish the Sybex one. I'm hoping by that stage to have a 50-60% knowledge of the CISSP material, and can top it all up by reading the Conrad book and doing questions.
I have signed up for BOSON
questions too and will also listen to Kelly Handerhan's MP3s
in the car.
I hope to be exam ready by 15th April 2018
. That is currently 83 days away
from today. The reason I chose this day was that it was around 3 months from the first day I started my studies.
I plan to put a lot of work in:
Monday-Friday: around 10 hours
Saturday-Sunday: around 10 hours
TOTAL per week: approximately 20 hours
I've not booked the exam yet but was very tempted. However I wanted to start studying first to see how I get on. I'm half thinking I may even be exam-ready before April but want to give myself some breathing space.
My Learning Strategy
I'm not too sure on how best to approach this to be honest. I think I will read and highlight bits from each chapter of Sybex. I will then write this up onto posters with diagrams and key words/points to remember.
I will probably take notes along the way too.
As stated I plan two read throughs - one on Sybex and one with Eric Conrad. I will also do lots of questions too, to try to identify knowledge gaps and try to get myself into the right management mindset.
Thankfully I have no children and a good job that means I can finish work at 3pm and can get home to study early. Also I can easily take days off from work so plan to take either a full day or half day off every 7-10 days roughly, just to fit in a full day of work.
I'm planning on moving house at some point, so will potentially be trying to sell/buy somewhere. This will probably cause some distractions but I hope to finish the CISSP before I actually move so hopefully it won't be too big an issue.
Will post next on my progress so far.
Thanks for reading!