CISSP Passed

TeKniquesTeKniques OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CISA, SSCP, MCSE (03), Security+, Network+, A+, Project+Posts: 1,262Member ■■■■□□□□□□
Hi all,

Today, I successfully passed the CISSP exam. I began studying for the exam in June 2012 and actively prepared "almost" every day for about 1-2 hours a night of study. While preparing I read many success stories on TechExams and how mentally exhausting the exam is. My thoughts of the exam are that it is quite difficult ... much more difficult then any of the practice exams I ever took while preparing. For example, the questions dealing with the ALE, SLE stuff on the real exam were much more in depth then ANY practice exam. Likewise, the Cryptography questions were more difficult than I anticipated. Most of the time on the more difficult questions I found myself able to eliminate two wrong answers rather quickly and then the other two would seem like the same answer.

The exam itself took me about 4 1/2 hours to get through all 250 questions and another 30 minutes for review (I marked about 30 questions). I took 3 breaks in between. When I finished I felt 50/50 that I had passed the exam, and was very much relieved when I got the "congratulations" from the test center official.

My study materials to prepare were as follows:

CISSP for Dummies -- Pretty decent book, the CD comes with some practice tests which were good to take 2 weeks before the exam.
CISSP Study Guide 2nd Edition, Eric Conrad -- Great Book! Read it 3 times.
CCCure study guides/resources -- Good resources, thank you Clement!
CCCure Quiz Paid engine -- Good, but some of the questions are a bit dated (e.g. Security Architecture). Well worth $39.95 however.
Boson Exam full version -- Good test engine
PrepLogic Demo -- Good for being free, the demo version has one 250 question test

I also purchased the Shon Harris AIO book, but read 2 paragraphs and closed it and didn't really open it up ever unless I was bored. It just didn't catch me like the other two books I read did.

I wanted to also thank the members here at TechExams. I don't post much, but I do read most of the posts day-to-day. JDMurray, thanks for moderating a great site! I'm not sure what I plan to do next, I would love to try an ISACA cert, but I don't meet the requirements yet (getting close).

Well ... now to fill in the endorsement stuff :)

Comments

  • HumbeHumbe Posts: 202Member
    Congratulations !!

    Great work !
  • moyondizvomoyondizvo Posts: 155Member
    icon_cheers.gif Congrats, good work, I know the relief of passing...I bet that this weekend it's on for you huh, enjoy and take a much deserved break :)
  • fadhilfadhil Posts: 200Member
    congrats
  • wes allenwes allen Posts: 540Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congrats!
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 3,013Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Congrats icon_thumright.gif
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Posts: 6,751Mod Mod
    Congrats on the pass!
  • questian_123questian_123 Posts: 2Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congratulation!!!!!!!!!!
    Can u please share CISSP Study Guide 2nd Edition, Eric Conrad
  • cgrimaldocgrimaldo Posts: 439Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    congrats! Thanks for the review!
  • f0rgiv3nf0rgiv3n Posts: 594Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congratu-freaking-lations!
  • Mrock4Mrock4 Posts: 2,360Banned
    Congrats! Only people who have taken the CISSP realize how difficult it can be.
  • emerald_octaneemerald_octane Posts: 613Member
    Congrats. I think the CISSP is like getting punched in the stomach while getting a root canal for six hours with no pain meds.
    Actually no, the CISSP hurt worse.
  • HumbeHumbe Posts: 202Member
    Congrats. I think the CISSP is like getting punched in the stomach while getting a root canal for six hours with no pain meds.
    Actually no, the CISSP hurt worse.

    You made me crack up with that one !!
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,310Admin Admin
    Congratulations and thanks for the thanks! :D
  • TeKniquesTeKniques OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CISA, SSCP, MCSE (03), Security+, Network+, A+, Project+ Posts: 1,262Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Thank you all for the congratulations!
  • bassiabassia Posts: 6Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congratulations bro, hope you enjoyed it :) , can you please share some references/ebooks to start with?
  • ThistlebackThistleback Posts: 151Member
    Congratulations! The effort is huge, and that pass is SO worth it!
    Feel the fear, and do it anyway!
  • danny069danny069 Posts: 1,025Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Wow good job man that is a feat I must attain in the future, is it true you have to have someone vouch for you that you have been in the security field for at least 5 years before you can take the exam?
    I am a Jack of all trades, Master of None
  • TeKniquesTeKniques OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CISA, SSCP, MCSE (03), Security+, Network+, A+, Project+ Posts: 1,262Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    danny069 wrote: »
    Wow good job man that is a feat I must attain in the future, is it true you have to have someone vouch for you that you have been in the security field for at least 5 years before you can take the exam?

    Thanks!

    You can study and take the exam at any time if you do not have the required experience and earn the "Associates" designation. Here is more information: https://www.isc2.org/associates/default.aspx
  • TeKniquesTeKniques OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CISA, SSCP, MCSE (03), Security+, Network+, A+, Project+ Posts: 1,262Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Hi all,

    Today I received my confirmation email -- officially a CISSP now :)


    Thanks again for this great forum!
  • HumbeHumbe Posts: 202Member
    TeKniques wrote: »
    Hi all,

    Today I received my confirmation email -- officially a CISSP now :)


    Thanks again for this great forum!

    How long did the process took for you?

    For me it was roughly 3 weeks.
  • TeKniquesTeKniques OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CISA, SSCP, MCSE (03), Security+, Network+, A+, Project+ Posts: 1,262Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I don't know if it's some sort of record, but my endorsement paperwork was filed on 02/12/2013 and I received my email today 02/28/13 confirming the designation ... so 16 days.
  • HumbeHumbe Posts: 202Member
    You got lucky I guess !!

    Seems like January was a busier month icon_lol.gif
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