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SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner All-in-One Exam Guide Hardcover – 1 Jan 2012
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About the Author
Darril Gibson, SSCP, CISSP, CompTIA Security+, CASP, MCT, MCSE, MCITP, ITIL v3, is CEO of Security Consulting and Training, LLC. A Microsoft Certified Trainer since August 1999, he regularly teaches, writes, and consults on a wide variety of security and technical topics. Gibson has authored, coauthored, or contributed to more than a dozen books covering CompTIA Security+, Windows Server 2006, Windows 7, SQL Server, and more.
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Darril Gibsons books are excellent, however this only gets 3 stars due to its age.... And the fact that the questions - whilst helpful in testing knowledge aren't written in a similar way as the actual exam - unlike the Security+ book which is spot on!
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Before I discuss the merits of this book let me just give some background. I have been working in IT for about 14 years now doing everything from help desk to system administration. My only formal education into the field is a 2-year A.A.S. degree in LAN Management which I received about 8 years ago. While I have done all sorts of IT work none of the focus has been solely on security.
If you have any sort of experience in the IT field probably 40% of what is in this book will be review. Most people taking this test will know about the different types of networks and mediums and be at least somewhat familiar with the basics concepts of SSL, 2 factor authentication, etc. While I could have skipped over some parts of the book I chose not to as it did give me a good opportunity to review some of the topics which I hadn't read about in years.
The book has a short quiz at the end of each chapter and comes with a cd which I think has additional practice questions. My method of studying was reading each chapter and completing the quiz at the end of each one. I would try to read one chapter a day, sometimes 2. I did not use the supplementary cd. After reading each chapter I found myself at least getting 80% on the quizzes. Any questions I got wrong I went back and reviewed.
When it came time to take the test I wasn't sure what to expect. The only knowledge I had was from this book (and previous experience). The questions on the exam are extremely similar to the end of chapter quizzes and almost every question draws from exactly what was written in this book. I think even if you already had the knowledge beforehand, reading the book it would still be very helpful as the answer choices on the test feel like sentences pulled directly from the book.
The bottom line is this book was instrumental in me passing the test. If you have a good amount of IT experience and can grasp technology concepts easily this book should be all you need. The test is $250 though so do what you feel is most comfortable for you.
To make this short and sweet, the book goes over each one of the domains which are tested in the SSCP exam. When it explains each topic, the author tries to lay it out in a very clear and understandable explanation. The author also goes into a little detail on the subject while providing real life examples to help you see the subject matter apply in the work center. The book also has a disc with practice questions on it to help ensure you are comfortable with the subject matter which it taught.
I currently work in a job which uses networking and security, but also had a college class right before the SSCP exam so I decided to go ahead and take the plunge and grabbed this book. I studied and read everything in this book, highlighted, and used to practice exams on the disc. I passed the SSCP 14 Mar 14. This book covers everything they will teach on the exam. Ensure you read through it and try to understand how each of the topics works and will be applied in real life (which the book gives great examples!).
Overall, I highly recommend this book and the Sec+ ExamCram for your Sec+ and SSCP certifications. If you dedicate enough time into learning the material, you will be able to pass both exams and be certified!
Besides that, the diagrams are clear, and not excessive, there's a bigger reliance on tables to give information, some prefer that, some don't, I don't really have a preference.
My main gripe, which has been already mentioned by other reviews, it's the terrible terrible editing that took place. Tables have incorrect information, end of chapter questions are poorly worded, or have wrong answers. Anyone who's already taken security certifications, or who have worked in the field for a while, will spot them instantly, but students for whom this is their first taste of security will end up learning some few pieces of incorrect information - and that's simply not good enough.
I feel McGraw Hill really dropped the ball on this one, and sullied what should have been a 5* bible for the SSCP certification. I'll be looking forward to the next edition, hopefully these little mistakes will have been resolved, and Gibson's brilliant writing abilities will be left to shine.