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Re: recommendation for CISSP bootcamp
From: "Young, Beth A." <youngba () MORE NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2008 12:16:53 -0600

I did the Training Camp CISSP Bootcamp.  For me, it was a time issue.  I
could have studied the books and passed the test but I didn't have the
weeks of study time to devote to it.  I did a week long bootcamp and
passed the test quickly.  
One thing I would have changed:  I would have taken the test on the
Sunday after the bootcamp (format was 8-5 M-F bootcamp, Sat was a study
day, Sun was the exam).  I had thought that I would need some extra
study time after the bootcamp so I didn't schedule the exam right away.
I came back home and took the test 2 weeks later.   Mistake!  Work and
life gets in the way so even though I made time to study each afternoon
to keep stuff fresh, after 2 weeks, it was all getting lost in the
day-to-day noise.
Beth Young, CISSP
MOREnet Security
From: The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv
[mailto:SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU] On Behalf Of Kim Cary
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 11:51 AM
Subject: Re: [SECURITY] recommendation for CISSP bootcamp
The one I attended was the SANS CISSP+S. Eric Cole's course material
(and audio) is excellent and homes in on what you need for the test. You
will also discuss test strategy for this exam. It was pretty much all I
did (other than reference a couple concepts in the CISSP official & Shon
Harris guides).
I went to UCLA in the sciences and took plenty of tough objective
exams... this one was tougher, IMO (or maybe the undergrad toughness
dims with 30 years distance). I really didn't know where I stood after
finishing the exam. I talked to my SANS instructor, though, and
described how I took the exam and he said not to worry. Sure enough,
CISSP has a lot of detractors from a technical point of view. However,
despite the CISSP knowledge domains being a mile wide and inches deep, I
end up using the CISSP concepts in system, project and policy design all
the time.
Disclaimer: as well as being a SANS graduate, I'm also a SANS Mentor
instructor for CISSP+S beginning this January
<https://www.sans.org/mentor/details.php?nid=11398> . 
Dr. Kim Cary, CISSP
Pepperdine University
Information Security Officer
310 506 6655

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