I purchased the CISSP test engine from BOSON and a few books from Amazon a few days ago. The books are:
Sybex 8th Edtion CISSP Study Guide
Sybex 2nd Edtion CISSP Practice Tests
11th Hour CISSP Study Guide
I got all of these based off of the /r/CISSP subreddit and told Angela that I was going to be buying some things. I feel that, based on what I have read that these are really the core of what I need to know and based on previous experience the BOSON tests are amazing. I was a little perplexed because the two Sybex books were on ‘sale’ as a bundle for $20 more than if you bought them separately. Weird, but whatever.
I finished up audio book from Shon Harris on Business Continuity Planning this morning on my way to work. The next section I’m going towards is Cryptography. I usually listen to them to and from work and go on a walk in the evening. Normally I get about an hour a day on work days.
I’ve also taken one BOSON test so far. At first I wasn’t doing great, but then kept going and was about 70% the about half way in. I ended up scoring 68% which for the little bit that I’ve studied so far I’m impressed with. I would have been happy getting ~60%. I read the two chapters that I scored lowest in from the Exam Cram 3rd edition I have at work to refresh the areas I scored the lowest in.
Right now I’m going through Sari Greene’s course from safaribooksonline and so far it’s been pretty good. The concepts she explains make sense, but she has a very different delivery style from Kelly Handerhan.
I’ve also thought the last few days about going back and getting a Masters Degree from WGU. I looked at the course outline for their Cyber Security Program and thought that if I get CISSP and OSCP that would be something like 60% of the program, so I might as well. This thought came to me after I spoke with Josh who got a MASSIVE promotion leaving Verizon. He said the increase in salary came, in large part, to him having a Masters Degree.
Oh and I had my co-worker use the VPN I set up for the very first time today. She said it was ‘very cool’.