Passed Security+

Anders4711Anders4711 Member Posts: 6 ■□□□□□□□□□
Passed with, according to me, flying colors, 865, October 20 last year.

I passed the Network+ certification in April and started to study for Security+ almost immediately, and found that there is indeed a lot of overlap between the two certifications.

I bought three books, actually four.
- Conklin
- Clarke Boxed set
- Gibson
- Gibson's Practice Test Questions.

The last book was never used, it seems it contains an excerpt of practice questions from Gibson's main book.

I started reading Conklin from cover to cover, no notes, but all practice questions.

After that I read Gibson while taking notes, and of course doing all practice questions.

At some stages I did a full practice exam, to see where my weak spots were.

Then I used the many practice exams and few chapters in Clarke to repeat the weak spots, just to read the same subject but from different point of view.

The last exam I did was Gibson's and I scored 89%. The day after I scored 96% on the actual exam.

Security, and especially IAM is actually my professional field since 10+ years, so I was not that surprised to pass the exam, but I did learn a lot anyways, and that was my main goal, to learn.

Soon I will start to study for the CISSP exam. But before that I am taking a few security related courses at I can recommend the cryptography course, it is very mathematical but gives you a deep understanding about why some crypto-systems are secure and why some are not.


  • 101010101010 Member Posts: 94 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass. icon_thumright.gif
    Anders4711 wrote: »
    I can recommend the cryptography course, it is very mathematical but gives you a deep understanding about why some crypto-systems are secure and why some are not.

    Good to know, I just started the Cryptography 1 today. Looking forward to it. :)
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  • fadhilfadhil Member Posts: 200
    congrats on pass
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on pass!! icon_thumright.gif
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  • bobloblawbobloblaw Member Posts: 228
    I think the Network+ and Security+ are great foundations to supplement the CISSP. I actually think the new Network+ is more in depth than the network and telco section of CISSP. I'm going to take the Security+ in a couple weeks to pad the resume, but skimming Darril's Security+ recently seems like a flashback to cryptography along with some solid basics of access control and security models.

    Direct straightforward questions on the CISSP exam are few and far between. I can't stress this point enough (as does Darril in his intro in his Security+ book). You'll find solid in depth advice from everyone in the CISSP forum section. I swear that forum saved me from taking it more than once.

    I've said this before, but I really wish I would have taken the Network+ and Security+ prior to the CISSP. Both would have made my life a whole lot easier.

    Congrats and good luck.
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