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CISSP Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 2nd Edition Hardcover – 1 Jun 2003

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  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072229667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072229660
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

Prepare to pass the CISSP certification exam


Get complete coverage of all the material including the latest revisions included on the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam inside this comprehensive, up-to-date resource. With full treatment of all the exam topics, as developed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, this definitive, dual-purpose tool contains learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, helpful exam tips, sample questions, and real-world scenarios. Authoritative and detailed, this volume serves as both a complete certification study guide and an indispensable on-the-job reference.


Get complete details on all ten subject areas covered on the exam:


-Access control systems and methodology
-Applications and systems development
-Business continuity planning
-Cryptography
-Law, investigation, and ethics
-Operations security
-Physical security
-Security architecture and models
-Security management practices
-Telecommunications and networking

Included on the CD-ROM


-Simulated exam with 850+ practice questions and answers
-Live cryptography video training by Shon Harris

About the Author

Shon Harris, (Spokane, WA) MCSE, CISSP, is a security consultant who provides security assessments and analysis, vulnerability testing, and solutions to a wide range of different businesses. She is a member of the Information Warfare unit in the Air Force, which performs military base assessments and 'red-teaming' activities during aggressor exercises. Shon is a contributing writer to Information Security magazine and Windows 2000 magazine. She also teaches networking and security classes at different local colleges.

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12 colleagues and I were doing the CISSP simulataneously. Between us 4 different books were ordered. I tried them all, and the difference between this one and the rest is indescribable. On numerous occassions someone would walk in pulling their out having tried to understand a topic in their book. "Can I please see your Shon Harris?" would inevitably come my way, followed by "oh right. Now I see." The CISSP subject matter is vast and it takes an amazing person to provide sufficient, well structured, well summarised, background information about a subject before delving into the security content relating to it -and then describing that in such a logical and easily understandable way. Thank you Shon. I wish you'd write more stuff.
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I've just passed my CISSP exam and this book was the main source of my study. I read it twice in a period of two months, and you'll need to as there is so much information to take in. Shon Harris' style is informative with diagrams and even a touch of humor to keep your interest in some of the more heavy going areas. This differs from the official guide which is an enormous block of text. The text in the All-in-One Exam Guide is well laid out and easy on the eyes which is great on those inevitable late evenings revising. Take note of the tips and make sure you load the free CD as it is well worth the exam practice. Good Luck for your exam.
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I passed the CISSP exam recently and this book was my principal source of information. Of the 10 domains in the exam, there were a few that I had no experience in, and this book filled the gaps well. It is quite readable (although some of her attempts at humour fall rather flat) and much more comprehensive that the other book I read. The tests at the end of each chapter and on the CD are useful too.
The web references can be useful although some of them are out of date. I found that they were not really necessary, though - this book covered almost everything in the exam.
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Through out my career in Information and Security I have done fair number of professional exams and certifications. However I have never found such consistent detailed and concise coverage of topics across the vast area of knowledge that is CISSP as is done in this book. Shon this is a job well done.
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Look, everyone says that this is the best book in the world. It's not. It quite comprehensive, but that is partly at the cost of Shon repeating herself over and over again. Some people find that to be a useful learning technique. I don't. It did my head in. I needed to pass CISSP in a week, and I did with "CISSP for Dummies" which is a much easier read that doesn't cause you to want to go to the fridge for a beer, go to the coffee machine or just go outside and shoot yourself every five minutes.

Note that Shon Harris in with all this does not quite hit the nail on the head. You would imagine from this book that the correct answer to any question is always the paranoid one, and that you simply have to learn it all by rote. That's not quite true. Refreshingly, when you get into the ISC2 exam room, you find that the questions are actually written intelligently and that if you actually understand the material, you can fill in the gaps with your brain. Be sure that you understand the material, rather than just mind-numbingly remembering this one book. Breadth is good.

You DO need this book - or one of the later editions. But only use it for reference, in conjunction with the included trial exams. Do your basic learning with something readable.
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If you're reading this review, you're probably about to study for CISSP. (or you're insomniac!). If you _are_ studying for CISSP, this, or frankly any, of the large tomes on CISSP will help. They _won't_ cover all the bases, and they probably won't accomodate your individual learning style.
My approach to the exam was:
1 - read the 'whole' subject area (CISSP for Dummies is a good starting point)
2 - do exam test questions (both Shon and the Dummies book have these)
3 - detailed study (for which Shon is fine)

wrt Shon's book itself - the detail is good, but the humour grates a little after a while, and whilst the depth of knowledge is good, it doesn't always explain _why_ something is important.

The reason why this review doesn't just focus on the Shon book is because 1 book _won't_ get you through the exam.... you _will_ need practical experience (or equivalent knowledge) to 'join the dots'.
oh, and good luck!
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