Syngress vs. Sybex study guides

UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet?Mod Posts: 4,426 Mod
I started studying security+ last week, I started with Sybex book from my employer. I finished almost two chapters, nothing new so far because the concepts I know back from college and from my online readings.

Anyway, today I got the Syngress book from a friend. Compared to Sybex(roughly 500 pages), the Syngress book is about 800 pages.


I don't know, should I continue with the Sybex book since it's mostly review except for few topics that are new to me ?? or should I leave it and continue from the Sybex book ??

Personally I think I'll start from chapter 3 from the Sybex book, but I'd like to get any input from you :)
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  • M4verickM4verick Member Posts: 86 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Well, mebbe go a bit through both and see which you think you'll benefit most from.
    Personally Syngress worked wonders for me.
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  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    The Syngress book is great. Just skim what you know and spend a decent amount of time with the rest of it.

    Edit: I have absolutely no clue what that poster below me is talking about *whistles innocently*
  • mikka07mikka07 Member Posts: 21 ■□□□□□□□□□
    dynamik wrote:
    The Syngress book is great. Just skim what you don't know and spend a decent amount of time with the rest of it.


    Dynamik I hope you meant that the other way araound! icon_lol.gif
  • LarryDaManLarryDaMan Member Posts: 797
    +1 for the Syngress Book
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,426 Mod
    I'm completing my studies from Syngress right now


    Thanks fellows :)
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  • mikka07mikka07 Member Posts: 21 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Just got my Syngress book in the mail yesterday. Hopefully it will be as helpful as most say it is!
  • gwamakagwamaka Member Posts: 32 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I started preparing for the Security+ exams few days ago with the Sybex book, however after reading comments from members in this forum, I switched to the Syngress book. I have to admit that this book is very comprehensive and explains some concepts very well. I think the best approach is to use the two together...i.e read a chapter from Sybex and read the same chapter from Syngress. That way you will be covered either way.

    What do you guys think of the " Security+ passport " book by Mike Myers? It is necessary to have or nice to have?
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,426 Mod
    gwamaka wrote:
    I started preparing for the Security+ exams few days ago with the Sybex book, however after reading comments from members in this forum, I switched to the Syngress book. I have to admit that this book is very comprehensive and explains some concepts very well. I think the best approach is to use the two together...i.e read a chapter from Sybex and read the same chapter from Syngress. That way you will be covered either way.

    What do you guys think of the " Security+ passport " book by Mike Myers? It is necessary to have or nice to have?

    I dont think I'll have time to use both books.

    I read that Mike Myers book is a waste of time, I never read it though.
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  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure / Core Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016 Bay Area, CaliforniaMod Posts: 5,161 Mod
    mikka07 wrote:
    dynamik wrote:
    The Syngress book is great. Just skim what you don't know and spend a decent amount of time with the rest of it.


    Dynamik I hope you meant that the other way araound! icon_lol.gif
    Don't mind dynamik, his memory isn't what it used to be. icon_lol.gif

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  • Vogon PoetVogon Poet Member Posts: 291
    The Mike Meyers Passport book is a decent introduction to the material. By no means is it adequate as a single study source.
    I used the Sybex and thought it did a good job.
    The Syngress expounds the concepts a bit more. I used it as a secondary source, but didn't really need it.
    For additional info on PKI, I found my 70-290 exam book from Syngress helpful.
    Also helpful: ExamCram 2 practice questions book
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