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  • I took the test three weeks ago. My simulations were far and away the easiest part of the exam. I had two of them. Darril Gibson's online content was good preparation for these. As far as what was worded similarly...not too much. Maybe MeasureUp.…
  • Congratulations!
  • These days, I see late-night cybersecurity degree ads on TV right next to those for trucking and hairdressing schools. I'm not sure what these schools are doing, but they're releasing tons of completely non-qualified candidates with that buzzword on…
  • My take is: Policy = management What is actually done day to day OR training = operational So the policy, on paper, would be managerial. But a training session on email compliance (working from that policy) would be operational.
  • Congrats!
  • I just say "Let me look into that and I'll get right back to you." In my experience, "I don't know" tends to send a panicked user into even more of a tailspin, especially if data loss is involved.
  • Thank you, all!
  • Thank you, and congrats to you, too. The CISSP makes the most sense, given what I do now, so I just ordered my book. I'm going to take it at a slower pace than I did with this exam, though. Not the case for you, I see! When do you plan to take…
  • Congrats! I passed yesterday, too. At one point I seriously wondered whether I'd gotten the 501 version. The only reason I knew the POODLE answer is because I actually had to apply the fix four years ago. I noticed this morning that Darril Gibson…
  • There's a difference between "passionate" and "all the joy is gone." IT can be very stressful and demanding, and I think if you don't have a pretty high level of interest, you'll burn out quickly. You can definitely earn a living by writing. Corp…
  • Different strokes, I guess. I think it's interesting to see all the different ways people have approached the issue of keeping data safe yet accessible to the right people. Now people demand ever more access as the threats increase, so there will al…
  • Thanks very much to you both. I think I now understand why I was confused over a Gibson practice question. The question says that a pentester had access to a list of usernames, passwords, login dates, and cookie IDs. The login dates spanned a cou…
  • Wrighty11xbl wrote: » Hi All, Hope you are all well. So, I've been an Systems Administrator for about 10 months now and I am looking to progress further in the field. Having thought about it, I like the idea of InfoSec or IT Secuirty and jus…
  • Good luck to you! It sounds like you're in good shape. That's my exam day, too. I have a baseball game that night, also no matter the outcome.
  • I use Gibson's phone app, and it defaults to 501--so I've accidentally taken some 501 quizzes, thinking "Never seen that before..." It appears there's more Linux on 501, among other things. If you are not at all familiar with Linux, I would stic…
  • I believe you're thinking of the steps for incident response. Chain of custody is just the list of who handled the evidence first, second, etc., and where it resided.
  • I haven't taken the test yet, but the study plan you describe is similar to what many people seem to use for their first try. You have the advantage of knowing the format of the questions and knowing your weak spots. I would suggest the Gibson app a…
  • In my shock over the router questions, I forgot to say congrats on your pass, too. In the last couple days, I have indeed seen a couple Cisco commands in a practice test--MeasureUp, I think. Glad you were able to either guess correctly or, maybe…
  • The exam included questions like what command would resolve an issue on a router? That doesn't sound like anything I've seen in my sources for Security+.
  • Sounds like about two-thirds of the jobs I've had. Even in the "nice" workplaces, we were constantly putting out fires. Like others have said, the experience is invaluable. My worst job was at a very smooth-running operation where they assigned m…
  • @Shane2, I think your time is better spent getting very specific hands-on experience. I don't know what your office is like, but can you ask the firewall admins if they need help? If they won't let you touch the firewalls, ask if they need help with…
  • Thanks, @mklein2836. I'm currently in the same boat. I stepped up my studying in a very big way about three weeks ago, because I found that I wasn't retaining enough by studying a little each day. Ironically, when I first read Gibson's 45-day met…
  • mklein2836 wrote: » His online performance tests had a questions that included IPSEC AH (port 51) ESP (50) and GRE (47). These three were barely touched on in the book on page 140. Not sure they are mentioned on the actual exam of course, but he a…
  • I would call your testing center and ask them. They can look up your appointment and tell you whether that's OK. I did this mostly to fix an issue with my confirmation letter, but also because I want all my test-day focus to be on the test, not a…
  • Lynis is great on individual nodes. I use ZenMap for the network.
  • There's a ton of open-source IDSs, pentesting tools, and vulnerability scanners out there (for Linux; I don't know about Microsoft). If you don't have this sort of access at work, you can build a little Linux network at home and play with these plus…
  • This is more my toughest interview (or so I thought): I applied for a hosting position at a classic small dot-com startup. My sys admin experience had only been with internal servers, so I thought it would be cool to work with clients with different…
  • I can only speak to networking, but I would say experience. And I don't mean logging into a virtual lab. All of those objectives about cables and fire suppression and WAP placement refer to physical objects--you can't know how they work unless you g…
  • What are the job duties (in general--no company name or location)?
  • Congrats!