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Re: CISSP-ISSMP
From: "Nathaniel Hirsch" <nh2 () njit edu>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 07:59:49 -0400

In terms of simple knowledge gained I learned a lot from taking the
exam.  It is a mile wide.  Like I now know which is the best fire
suppression system to use in any given location, and can tell you how
high a fence needs to be to deter average people from climbing over
it, the different type of lighting a building can have, there benefits
of hot and cold sites, lots of crazy laws and how they are applicable,
and a bunch of other stuff that I personally don't use in my day to
day job.  Like I could care less about the encryption scheme used in
GSM phones. But these are the things that are covered in the CISSP. So I gained a lot of knowledge, but as for how much of it was directly
applicable to work, very little.  Pretty much everything that was
applicable to my line of work I already knew.

Nathaniel Hirsch, CISSP
Xacta Corporation
656 Shrewsbury Ave.
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

On 5/9/06, Deogratias Nondi <dgratius () hotmail com> wrote:



How can you compare it with CISA, in terms of work knowledge gained?



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From:  "Nathaniel Hirsch" <nh2 () njit edu>
To:  "Mohamed Abdel Kader" <makster12 () hotmail com>
CC:  pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject:  Re: CISSP-ISSMP
Date:  Mon, 8 May 2006 16:19:18 -0400
I recently got my CISSP.  The company that I work for paid for me to
go to a class, and take the test assuming I passed. If I failed then
the $500 would be on my nickle.  Thankfully I did not fail.  The main
reason they wanted me to get my CISSP is now they can charge more for
the work they contract me out to, this and you need it or some other
equivalent to do level 3 and 4 DITSCAP testing.  As for an ROI after I
passed a got a 15% raise which was nice, but I was also up for a
raise, so I can not tell you how much that was due to the CISSP, and
how much was due to my overall performance at the company.  Personally
I feel that the exam and certification process is a waste of time, and
so does everyone else at the company, but they are needed, or so they
say.  However we have a guy who works here who is a CISSP and a
CEH(certified ethical hacker), and to be truthful, he is quite
possible the most worthless tester I have ever had to work with, and
everyone else in the office knows this.  So having the cert doesn't
make you good, and doesn't prove to anyone that you have experience or
skill.  It just proves that you can pick the correct answer out of a
four possible answer on a 250 question multiple choice exam. As for
giving an out of 10 scale for everything you mentioned I guess they
would all be 5s because it all really depends on a lot of other
things.  As for what job its good for, I would have to say more
managerial then anything else.  The topics covered are really only
puddle deep, not enough to know whats going on, just enough to know
that it is going on though.


Nathaniel Hirsch, CISSP
Xacta Corporation
656 Shrewsbury Ave.
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

On 5/8/06, Mohamed Abdel Kader <makster12 () hotmail com> wrote:
>Hi all,
>I was wondering if anyone out there did the CISSP-ISSMP
>concentration.
>I want to know the value added in the areas listed below, in an out
>of 10
>scale for example:
>
>     Total ROI
>     Career Advancement
>     Industry Demand
>     Raise Potential
>
>     Suitable for what job/position (not an out of 10 answer of
>course :))
>
>I also want to know the material to study from.
>
>Thanks a million.
>MAK
>
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