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Eleventh Hour CISSP: Study Guide [Kindle Edition]

Eric Conrad , Seth Misenar , Joshua Feldman
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Eleventh Hour CISSP Study Guide serves as a guide for those who want to be information security professionals. The main job of an information security professional is to evaluate the risks involved in securing assets and to find ways to mitigate those risks. Information security jobs include firewall engineers, penetration testers, auditors, and the like.
The book is composed of 10 domains of the Common Body of Knowledge. In each section, it defines each domain. The first domain provides information about risk analysis and mitigation, and it discusses security governance. The second domain discusses techniques of access control, which is the basis for all security disciplines. The third domain explains the concepts behind cryptography, which is a secure way of communicating that is understood only by certain recipients. Domain 5 discusses security system design, which is fundamental in operating the system and software security components. Domain 6 is one of the critical domains in the Common Body of Knowledge, the Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning. It is the final control against extreme events such as injury, loss of life, or failure of an organization. Domain 7, Domain 8 and Domain 9 discuss telecommunications and network security, application development security, and the operations domain, respectively. Domain 10 focuses on the major legal systems that provide a framework for determining laws about information system.

  • The only guide you need for last-minute studying
  • Answers the toughest questions and highlights core topics
  • Can be paired with any other study guide so you are completely prepared

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"Eleventh Hour CISSP Study Guide provides an effective and efficient review of the CISSP ten domains by eliminating the fluff that is in most CISSP study guides. For security professionals in a time crunch or those looking for a last-minute refresher, this is a must-read before taking the exam." --Tony Flick, CISSP, Author of Securing the Smart Grid and Principal at FYRM Associates

About the Author

Eric Conrad (CISSP, GIAC GSE, GPEN, GCIH, GCIA, GCFA, GAWN, GSEC, Security+), is a SANS-certified instructor and President of Backshore Communications, which provides information warfare, penetration testing, incident handling, and intrusion detection consulting services. Eric started his professional career in 1991 as a UNIX systems administrator for a small oceanographic communications company. He gained information security experience in a variety of industries, including research, education, power, Internet, and healthcare, in positions ranging from systems programmer to security engineer to HIPAA security officer and ISSO. He has taught more than a thousand students in courses such as SANS Management 414: CISSP, Security 560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, Security 504: Hacker Techniques, and Exploits and Incident Handling. Eric graduated from the SANS Technology Institute with a Master of Science degree in Information Security Engineering.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2426 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (13 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1TBSU
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for last minute revision 20 Jan. 2013
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I used this book in the week leading up to my exam, as you can cover each domain in an hour or two. It's very concise and should be used as a refresher for earlier more comprehensive study. I read this after reading the official book for what seemed like forever. Does just what it claims.

I read this one Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Second Edition ((ISC)2 Press), but a new edition is now out.Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Third Edition ((ISC)2 Press)

I did pass and a few things refreshed from this book did come up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me Pass! 19 April 2013
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The Eleventh Hours CISSP Study Guide was, for me, a must have to help me pass my CISSP exam.

Each domain is covered in around 20 pages and the essentials are all there. It's written in a language that is easy to read and not overly technical.

This study guide is far more user friendly than the Shon Harris tome. The Shon Harris guide goes into great detail and for me, was unreadable and only good for reference (which I used it for very often) and holding the door open.

In summary, this is an excellent, readable study guide that can be used in conjunction with something a little heftier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the CISSP 22 Oct. 2014
By Johnuk
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Read this for my CISSP, Great summary to SHon Harris's book. Read through this few days before my exam to refresh what I learnt before. Passed a 6 hour exam in 3hrs 15 mins. Obviously not using this alone but as a companion to Shon Harris's Encyclopedia sized Book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Jan. 2015
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great and on time
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Study Addition 23 May 2011
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I used the 11th Hour CISSP Guide as a companion to Eric Conrad's "CISSP Study Guide". I used it in the days leading up to the exam. It's value to me was the distallation of the salient points of the CBK. As you reaed the short and concise text, it helped me as I read topics within each domail to say "I know this topic or I don't know it well enough". So it was a good yardstick against which to measure your knowledge on the days prior to the exam.

I can't say I would use this as my only study guide as you do need a more in depth grounding in the domains, but this book certainly served its purpose on focussing my energies on the areas which I needed to hone in on prior to the exam.

By the way, I used Conrad's CISSP Study Guide (the bigger book) as ny priciple study guide for the CISSP exam and the GIAC exam and I can honestly say that text as well as the 11th hour guide were instrumental in passing both exams the first time. Compared to three other major texts (Krutz/Vines, Harris, and the official ISC2 texts), Conrad's book distills the CBK into real world, stuff-you-can-read prose. Definitely recommended as they helped me pass the first time.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise 10 May 2011
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I bought this book in order to prepare for 3 days prior to the exam. This book is extremely concise and to the point. It covers all domains in a very efficient manner. CISSP books are never this clear. In my opinion, you need a grasp of all CBK's in order for this book to be of any use. This is a great companion to the other book from the author. CISSP Study Guide

In short: if you have already read another book or have a good grasp of all the CBK's already, this is an excellent book for studying right down to the last moments you are in your car minutes before you take the exam.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me a PASS on the Exam 18 May 2011
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I bought thus book to review the week prior to the exam. Eric gave me the esential infirormation that I needed to review. I had one go to source to emphisize the key information that I needed to pass the CISSP exam.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is... a starting point or review of key points 9 July 2012
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This is a great accompaniment book to either start your CISSP study or end it as a way to review key points.

Using the Eleventh Hour accompaniment with the full "CISSP Study Guide" CISSP Study Guide, Second Edition by Conrad/Misenar/Feldman and also published by Syngress, clarifies that this book is meant to highlight key and more complex points rather than going into every piece of potentially relevant information.

Each chapter has "five toughest questions" taken directly from the full CISSP Study Guide's 15 questions at the end of each chapter. As some readers have noted, the eleventh hour book does not include all information specific to each question, but again, more information is included in the CISSP Study Guide and can also be easily determined with a bit of online research.

My personal game plan for CISSP study has been:
- Use this book as a starting point to get the key points of a domain. Sort of like listening to a teacher running through key points in class then saying go home read the full chapter and do the questions at the end.
- Read the correlated domain chapter in the full CISSP Study Guide to get more in-depth and do the associated 15 questions in that book.
- Look through the Shon Harris All-in-one exam book on the same domain and get more in depth on areas that haven't quite sunk in completely. The Shon Harris book is so detailed that at times the overarching points can be hard to catch, so for me it has been better used as a dictionary type of reference rather than the starting or even mid-point.
- Go through the Total Tester software from the Shon Harris All-in-one exam book guide and take the practice exam questions for the specific domain to be sure it has all sunk in and pick up any new references that I may not be familiar with yet.
- Throughout this get mileage out of the internet browser when something doesn't quite make sense. The CISSP material is so broad that no one book has seemed to cover everything. Thus, Google is my friend.

On a side note, one of the one-star reviewers state: "How can it be that the prior reviewers didn't see that the answer to one of the questions (#4) in Chapter 4 (that is is far as I read and will read) was completely off and had nothing to do with the Chapter at all."

--> As a point of reference: This question, #4 in chapter 4, "What is the recommended agent for extinguishing a kitchen grease fire?" is relevant to the CISSP Domain Physical/Environmental Security which requires knowledge of the different classes of fires and the appropriate associated suppression methods. A key question to ask when performing a data center review is, What sort of fire and smoke protection is in place? A reviewer needs to be able to understand whether the answer provided is appropriate. A kitchen grease fire falls into Fire Class "K" which requires wet chemical fire extinguishers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid last minute validation... 12 Dec. 2011
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If you're just starting out, this isn't the book for you - go for Conrad's full study guide or the Harris book, and when you're comfortable with those then come back for this one.

But - if your CISSP exam date is just around the corner, this compact book is what you need to make sure you're ready.

This isn't designed to teach you the concepts or give you the details. It's a distilled version of all the critical concepts that you can move through quickly and make sure you understand the body of knowledge and you haven't missed any of the big pieces.

If you can get through each chapter with no surprises, and you know the answers to the "Five Toughest Questions" at the end of each chapter, you should be able to sleep well the night before you sit the exam.
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