In this section, you answer some simple questions. The objective is for you to understand exactly how much work and effort you must invest to pass the CISSP certification exam. The simple answer to this question is this: The experience and education you have will dictate how difficult it will be for you to pass. Be honest in your answers, or you will end up wasting $500 or more on an exam you were not ready to take. From the beginning, two things should be clear:
Your Educational Background
You'll have a good base knowledge needed for 3 or more of the 10 domains, assuming that you finished your degree and your schooling and have some fairly sophisticated computer skills. Subject areas such as application development, networking, and database design are a great help.
This question applies to low-level or short-term computer courses. Many of these courses are extremely basic or focused in one particular area. Although the CISSP exam is not platform specific, training classes that focused on networking, security, hacking, or database design will help you pass the exam.
If yes, you will probably be able to handle about half of the CISSP exam domains.
If yes, you might have a vague chance of passing simply by reading this book, taking some practice exams, and using the Internet to brush up on the subjects you are weak in. However, the goal here is to gain a real understanding of the material. As a CISSP, you might be asked to lead, plan, organize, or control your organization's security operations; if that happens, you'll need a real understanding of how the various technologies and techniques work. Don't cheat yourself or gamble with your career.
Again, the education and requirements given here are by no means absolute. Still, an education can give you a very good grounding in any endeavorthe higher the level of education, the better.
Testing Your Exam Readiness
Whether you attend a training class, form a study group, or study on your own, preparing for the CISSP exam is essential. The exam will cost you about $500, depending on where you are located, so you'll want to do everything you can to make sure you pass on the first try. Reading, studying, and taking practice exams are the best ways to increase your readiness. Practice exams help in a number of ways:
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The CISSP Certification Exam
Access-Control Systems and Methodology
System Architecture and Models
Telecommunications and Network Security
Applications and Systems-Development Security
Business Continuity Planning
Law, Investigations, and Ethics
Practice Exam 1
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Practice Exam 2
Answers to Practice Exam 2