Passed CISSP!!!

jwlazarjwlazar Member Posts: 21 ■□□□□□□□□□
I had sat the exam on May 25th after an excruciating one-week bootcamp and six months of intense self-study with Shon Harris' 4th edition guide and a few marathon sessions of CBT nuggets. I felt blindsided by the topics in the actual exam to the point that I was reasonably sure that I hadn't passed. Fortunately, ISC(2) found otherwise and sent me the notification last Monday. :D

Ironically, I had drilled myself on the security models (Bell-Lapadula, Biba, Clark-Wilson, etc.) but didn't get many questions covering that section. I did get quite a few questions on BCP and Common Criteria, as well as a bunch of questions covering application security and risk management.

The instructor in the bootcamp was phenomenal (he was a contributor to some of the material in the official ISC(2) guide). The tips he had for the exam are what probably made the difference between a pass and fail. The CBT nuggets were also a good complement to the material in the book.

I'm just glad it's all over. icon_wink.gif

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  • astorrsastorrs Member Posts: 3,139 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Congratulations!

    What was the instructors name? I find that kind of information really valuable as the quality of trainers can really vary from one to the next.
  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,314 ■■■■■■■■□□
    So do you have the sponsor and experience validation left, or is that all OK'd as well?

    Regardless, you have my congratulations! That's a huge accomplishment, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm quite jealous.
  • shednikshednik Member Posts: 2,005
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 11,671 Admin
    Yes, congratulations! icon_thumright.gif I'm hoping to take the CISSP exam later this year myself. I know what you mean about the "six months of intense self-study."

    Do you think that you'd have passed without the bootcamp?
  • ULWizULWiz Member Posts: 722
    Good job on the pass. Whats next for you?
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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,150 Mod
    Congratulations, All the best :)

    Question:

    six months intense study.

    how many hours per day on average ?
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  • mengo17mengo17 Member Posts: 100 ■■□□□□□□□□
    jwlazar wrote:
    I had sat the exam on May 25th after an excruciating one-week bootcamp and six months of intense self-study with Shon Harris' 4th edition guide and a few marathon sessions of CBT Nuggets. I felt blindsided by the topics in the actual exam to the point that I was reasonably sure that I hadn't passed. Fortunately, ISC(2) found otherwise and sent me the notification last Monday. :D

    Ironically, I had drilled myself on the security models (Bell-Lapadula, Biba, Clark-Wilson, etc.) but didn't get many questions covering that section. I did get quite a few questions on BCP and Common Criteria, as well as a bunch of questions covering application security and risk management.

    The instructor in the bootcamp was phenomenal (he was a contributor to some of the material in the official ISC(2) guide). The tips he had for the exam are what probably made the difference between a pass and fail. The CBT Nuggets were also a good complement to the material in the book.

    I'm just glad it's all over. icon_wink.gif


    CONGRATS !!!!!!
  • jwlazarjwlazar Member Posts: 21 ■□□□□□□□□□
    What was the instructors name? I find that kind of information really valuable as the quality of trainers can really vary from one to the next.

    I'll pm you the name; I'm not sure if the trainer would appreciate my discretion in referring him on a public forum. The organizer was TrainingCamp.
    So do you have the sponsor and experience validation left, or is that all OK'd as well?

    Both, although I have to tailor my resume since I haven't updated it in almost two years. icon_confused.gif
    how many hours per day on average ?
    Do you think that you'd have passed without the bootcamp?

    On dedicated days, about 4-6. On the bootcamp days, 12+. icon_eek.gif

    The bootcamp definitely helped to refresh my memory and get the juices flowing in terms of terminology and mindset. It wasn't comprehensive, but still enough to give one a good basis of the 10 domains.
    Good job on the pass. Whats next for you?

    Probably a CCNP module to renew my CCNA which expires next month icon_sad.gif , then the CEH followed by either the CISA or one of the SANS programs (GIAC or GSEC).
  • leefdaddyleefdaddy Member Posts: 405
    Awesome! Congrats!
    Dustin Leefers
  • gojericho0gojericho0 Member Posts: 1,060
    Quite and accomplishment! Congratulations bowing.gif
  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaMod Posts: 5,163 Mod
    Congratulations on the pass, sounds like you had quite the gauntlet leading up to it. Good luck with the Cisco exam(s) and the C|EH.

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  • ajs1976ajs1976 Member Posts: 1,945 ■■■■□□□□□□
    congrats
    Andy

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