Official (ISC)2 Guide – Review

The book is highly rich in technical content and reviewed by Hal Tipton, a very well known knowledgeable security professional. I got this book to familiarize with the syllabus and the concepts behind each common body of knowledge. Some of the chapters are easy to digest, however some are really long and tough. I guess it all depends on the reader’s domain knowledge. Since the book has three authors, the book clearly shows three different styles of writing.

The reader will feel the difference while moving from one chapter to another making it an unpleasant experience. This book is an excellent reference with lot of definitions and explanations. I read this book completely and then started attempting questions. I used this book as the primary reference with the “internet” as the secondary reference. I used all other books for more information or clarification. Try to attempt all questions at the end of each chapter of any book. “CISSP Prep” and “Advanced CISSP Prep” by Ronald L. Krutz would be a last minute refresher. It is worth understanding the concept behind each topic than to memorize. The exam tests your knowledge with experience and not on your memory.

Authors: Susan Hansche, et al
Publisher: Auerbach Publications; Bk&CD-Rom edition (January 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN: 084931707X

CISSP Preparation Resources

Start your CISSP preparation with (ISC)2 website – Understand what a CISSP is and the requirements for the exam. If you don’t have the minimum work experience required for a CISSP, you can start with the Associate program after passing the exam. Don’t wait!

The following resources helped me in preparing for the CISSP exam in 2004-

  1. Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP Exam by Susan Hansche, John Berti, Chris Hare
  2. The CISSP Prep Guide: Gold Edition by Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
  3. Advanced CISSP Prep Guide: Exam Q&A by Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
  4. CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One) by Shon Harris
  5. CISSP Training Guide by Roberta Bragg
  6. Information Security Management Handbook by Harold F. Tipton

A Listmania! list by Shaheen N Abdul Jabbar of the above items is available at

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