Bruce Passed ISC2 CISSP-ISSAP Exam on 14th November

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It’s a lovely afternoon and peaceful moment to enjoy the view looking out through the floor-to-ceiling window from the office.

When the ISSAP score report disclosed “Congratulations!”, my goal has been achieved pursuing the planned certifications from ISC2. I spent around 4 months in total studying intensively and finally passed the six ISC2 exams: CISSP, CCSP, CSSLP, CISSP-ISSEP, CISSP-ISSMP, and CISSP-ISSAP.

After studying for 40 hours within 8 days (from 2018/11/06 to 2018/11/13), I cleared the ISC2 CISSP-ISSAP (Information Systems Security Architecture Professional) exam today. This exam is one of the 3 CISSP concentrations. I would say the level of difficulty would be ISSAP < ISSMP < ISSEP.

The ISACA CGEIT is the last mile for me to declare success achieving my annual goal.

My plan of the year is revised as follows:

  • Milestone #1: PMI + CISSP
    • 2018/04/09 ACP
    • 2018/04/27 PBA
    • 2018/06/19 CISSP
    • 2018/07/10 RMP
  • Milestone #2: ISACA
    • 2018/07/24 CISM
    • 2018/08/13 CRISC
    • 2018/08/28 CISA
  • Milestone #3: ISC2
    • 2018/09/07 CCSP (originally scheduled on 2018/09/14)
    • 2018/09/13 CSSLP (originally scheduled on 2018/09/28)
    • 2018/09/25 CISSP-ISSEP (bonus)
  • Milestone #4: EC-Council
    • 2018/10/09 CEH (originally scheduled on 2018/10/15)
    • 2018/10/12 ECSA (originally scheduled on 2018/10/29)
  • Bonus Exams: scrum.org
    • 2018/10/21, PSM I
    • 2018/10/23, ISO 27001 LA
    • 2018/10/27, PSPO I
    • 2018/10/28, PSD
  • Final Optimization
    • 2018/11/06 CISSP-ISSMP
    • 2018/11/14 CISSP-ISSAP
    • 2018/11/30 CGEIT (projected)

 

Bruce Passed ISC2 CISSP-ISSEP Exam on 25th September

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After studying for 42 hours in 12 days (from 2018/09/14 to 2018/09/25), I cleared the ISC2 CISSP-ISSEP exam this afternoon and it’s really lucky for me, probably, to be the first exam taker who passed this exam in Taiwan.

The following is what I used to prepare for this exam:

  1. Official (ISC) 2® Guide to the CISSP®-ISSEP® CBK® ((ISC) 2 Press) 1st Edition
  2. Systems Engineering Fundamentals Kindle Edition
  3. Official (ISC)² Guide to the CSSLP, Second Edition
  4. Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK ((ISC)2 Press) 4th Edition
  5. Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP-ISSMP CBK ((ISC)2 Press) 2nd Edition
  6. Official (ISC)2 Guide to the ISSAP CBK ((ISC)2 Press) 2nd Edition
  7. The Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CCSP CBK 2nd Edition
  8. Official (ISC)2® Guide to the CAP® CBK® ((ISC)2 Press) 2nd Edition
  9. IATF Release 3.1
  10. FEA Consolidated Reference Model Document Version 2.3
  11. FEA Practice Guide
  12. ISO 27001
  13. ISO 27005
  14. ISO 21827
  15. PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition
  16. NIST Special Publications
    • 800-12
    • 800-100
    • 800-64 Rev 2
    • 800-18 Rev 1
    • 800-34 Rev 1
    • 800-39
    • 800-30 Rev 1
    • 800-27 Rev A
    • 800-37
    • 800-37 Rev 2
    • 800-161 (vol1 & vol2)
    • 800-55
    • 800-50
    • 800-53
    • 800-53A
    • 800-60 (vol1 & vol2)
    • 800-86
    • 800-61
      800-40 Rev 3
    • 800-128
    • 800-137
    • 800-115
    • 800-92
    • 800-88

My exam preparation is completely directed by the ISC2 CISSP-ISSEP exam outline. The most common references used for the ISSEP by domain from ToniHardy and the ISC2 official references are quite helpful. Having passed CSSLP exam helps as well.

The milestones are updated as follows:

  • Milestone #1: PMI + CISSP
    • 2018/04/09 ACP
    • 2018/04/27 PBA
    • 2018/06/19 CISSP
    • 2018/07/10 RMP
  • Milestone #2: ISACA
    • 2018/07/24 CISM
    • 2018/08/13 CRISC
    • 2018/08/28 CISA
  • Milestone #3: ISC2
    • 2018/09/07 CCSP (originally scheduled on 2018/09/14)
    • 2018/09/13 CSSLP (originally scheduled on 2018/09/28)
    • 2018/09/25 CISSP-ISSEP (bonus)
  • Milestone #4: EC-Council
    • 2018/10/15 CEH
    • 2018/10/29 ECSA

Moving forward is the best strategy of retreat! I’ll keep moving.

Bruce Passed ISC2 CSSLP Exam on 13th September

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After studying for 36 hours in 6 days (from 2018/09/08 to 2018/09/13), I cleared the ISC2 CSSLP exam this afternoon. The following is what I used to prepare for this exam:

The ISC2 official Guide to the CSSLP helps. The exam is not so challenging for an experienced developer with CISSP qualification.

The milestones are updated as follows:

  • Milestone #1: PMI + CISSP
    • 2018/04/09 ACP
    • 2018/04/27 PBA
    • 2018/06/19 CISSP
    • 2018/07/10 RMP
  • Milestone #2: ISACA
    • 2018/07/24 CISM
    • 2018/08/13 CRISC
    • 2018/08/28 CISA
  • Milestone #3: ISC2
    • 2018/09/07 CCSP (originally scheduled on 2018/09/14)
    • 2018/09/13 CSSLP (originally scheduled on 2018/09/28)
  • Milestone #4: EC-Council
    • 2018/10/15 CEH
    • 2018/10/29 ECSA

What a relief! Keep moving!

Bruce Passed ISC2 CCSP Exam on 7th September

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After studying for 40 hours in 9 days (from 2018/08/29 to 2018/09/06), I cleared the ISC2 CCSP exam this morning. The following is what I used to prepare for this exam:

It helps to pass this exam having some hands-on experience in cloud computing, ex. Azure and/or AWS, and sticking to the official CCSP CBK and study guide.

After evaluating the criticality of the CCSP and CSSLP exams, I changed my strategy to take CCSP exam first.  The milestones are updated as follows:

  • Milestone #1: PMI + CISSP
    • 2018/04/09 ACP
    • 2018/04/27 PBA
    • 2018/06/19 CISSP
    • 2018/07/10 RMP
  • Milestone #2: ISACA
    • 2018/07/24 CISM
    • 2018/08/13 CRISC
    • 2018/08/28 CISA
  • Milestone #3: ISC2
    • 2018/09/07 CCSP (originally scheduled on 2018/09/14)
    • 2018/09/28 CSSLP
  • Milestone #4: EC-Council
    • 2018/10/15 CEH
    • 2018/10/29 ECSA

Keep moving!

Bruce Passed CISSP Exam on 19th Jun

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Special thanks to Luke Ahmed and the Facebook Group: CISSP Exam Preparation – Study Notes and Theory.

After a prolonged 2-month journey that takes 250 hours in 45 effective study days, I finally cleared the CISSP exam today. Thanks to the new CAT examination with 100 questions in 3 hours, the threshold to obtaining CISSP is lowered to a reasonable level, even though it is still quite challenging.

Now, the CISSP exam is reasonably challenging. I wish you the best to clear it ASAP.

The following resources are helpful to me:

PS. I am sorry to let you know that I’ve attended the official CISSP classroom-based training in Taipei and it’s a total waste of money and disappointing. The text for this class from ISC2 is just a bunch of slides with terribly poor quality and the instructor, from my point of view, is not prepared and qualified for this class either.