Monday, 12 June 2017

How to Pass: CISSP Practice Exam


Taking a certification exam of any kind is a commitment, it requires time and money, none of which you want to lose. For those serious about taking the CISSP exam, you will want to make sure you pass on the first try. This publication will offer guidance and reviews as well as a tool to help you succeed in obtaining your certification: The CISSP practice exam.

We have seen many talks in forums surrounding useful study tools and we want to offer you some tips.

Trust is key

    Although I suspected that I was doing well on the exam, as I grew more psychologically exhausted, the doubt began to creep in ... GREAT TIME. By the time I finished reviewing my marked questions, I thought I should not put my hopes up. When I clicked the finish button and did not immediately get my score, my heart sank. In the back of my mind I had already given up studying another 8 weeks and then tried the exam again. But, when I got to the front desk I got the paper. PAST! Woot, Woot!

    It was almost like taking some different exams combined into one. Some questions were surprisingly clear with only an obviously-correct response. While other questions appeared to be from a completely different examination, where the questions were much less clear with three out of four answers could be correct. Many were the type of "think like a C-Level" I had read, while other questions obviously wanted you to think like a coach ... Fortunately, it was quite obvious what role you were expected to play in a particular matter , At least for me.

    Another thing I want to mention though it might have been just my perception changing as I felt more and more mentally fatigued, but the questions seemed to be a bit more difficult as the test progressed. I swear the first 100 questions looked like something you might see in the + safety exam, but later in the exam things seemed to be much more difficult. Mind Trick? I do not know, but I wanted to mention it.

        Brchap, Member of Cybrary

For the complete review of this test and the study materials used to pass, read the full post here.

It seems however, the most important to bear talk about the design of the exam. The CISSP is an extensive test, obviously designed to force the examiner and push beyond a simple scenario of questions and answers.

Entering the test with confidence after having prepared the best of your skills is the best way to tackle such a rigorous examination. Do not let a test go into your head. You know what you have prepared and what you have not prepared. That's why a practice exam is so valuable.

What is a practice exam?

With the CISSP practice exam, you gain 6 months of access to a world of information that can help you succeed in the exam, including analysis of your strengths and weaknesses. This hands-on exam has some options available to improve your learning experience:

    Customize your test experience by configuring your practice exam to fit your specific study needs. Select items by test objective, set study preferences, and control how your responses are accessed.

    Select presets. These exams are done to provide a test experience similar to a real test environment. They are timed and filter questions like the certification exam. This option will help you determine your preparation for the certification exam.

    Flashcard review allows you to review concepts in a self-rated and unlimited environment. With hundreds of questions, these premade flashcards will help you understand the concepts covered in the actual certification exam.

How will it help me?

If used correctly, the CISSP practice exam will help you pass because you will ultimately be given a simulated exam in the same format with the same time as a real exam. Often, we are not accustomed to taking a test this way, so it helps us to feel comfortable that the material, not the environment, is the focus. Everything comes back to trust.

Likewise, you will get specific feedback to the subject areas that need improvement so you can spend time reviewing what you do not know rather than wasting time reviewing all the content.

We recommend first passing the exam in the evaluation mode (option 2, as mentioned above) to see what you know and do not know to go to the exam. Then use options 1 and 3 to drill down into specific topics that need improvement. Finally, go through Option 2 as many times as necessary until you are comfortable entering the actual test.

Transcender CISSP Practice Exam Reviews

    [I] paid 4k for a CISSP Training Boot Camp and it was a waste of money ... I stayed in class and listened to absurd nonsense about things I already knew! By the middle of the second day I left and bought a 30 day Transcender license to CISSP and studied for 4 days and took the exam as scheduled. I can not say it was an easy test ... but Transcender got me familiar with the basic reasoning to understand what they were asking for. I have to say that I will use these to get the role of a few others that will enhance my stature in today's IT world. Transcender is the best !!

        J.S.

    Transcend picks up where even the best CISSP books leave out - and then blows away. I found the exam simulations to be a great preparation for the real thing. The exams covered all concepts thoroughly and perfectly mimicked the real test environment. I also found their answer explanations to be better written than any I've found in those $ 50.00 books. When people ask me what I did to pass the test, I tell them: "I got the Transcender.


Where can I get mine?

An ISC2: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) practice exam is available in the new Cybrary market. You can find here additional study materials for this exam and a variety of others there as well.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Why Cybersecurity Certifications Matter Or Not

Cybersecurity certification qualifications are becoming the norm in many job descriptions today as organizations seek quantifiable ways of measuring prospective employees’ expertise. However, certification alone should not be the yardstick in determining how well a potential candidate will fit into an organization. At the end of the day, experience as well as certification should be the criteria for hiring most security professionals, experts say.


Security certifications cover a range of disciplines and emerging security trends, from cloud computing to secure software coding to overall security management. So security professionals should have a grasp on where they want to take their careers as they try to determine what credentials are right for them.

Philip Casesa, director of product development and portfolio management with (ISC)², says certification validates that a security professional has a specific set of skills and capabilities. For human resources managers, certification provides a screening mechanism to match potential candidates with the skills, knowledge, and experience an organization is looking for in a security professional, he says.

Certification can also mean more dollars for a security professional. According to The 2015 (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study, security professionals with certifications generally are paid $25,000 more than professionals who did not have certifications.

“Collectively, the average annual salary among the security professionals surveyed was $97,778. Differences between (ISC) ² members and other security practitioners exist. Non-member security practitioners reported an average annual salary of $76,363. The salaries among security professionals with an (ISC) 2 membership averaged $103,117 annually, a 35% premium over non-members,” according to the survey of 14,000 security practitioners globally.

The study did not drill down on the benefits of a specific certification over another, Casesa says. “Talking about what makes one certification more valuable than another really gets into what you want as a professional or what an organization is looking for,” he says.

Companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, and Oracle, for example, offer certifications specific to their products, to help ensure that professionals are qualified to install and maintain the products. And while those certifications are limited to specific products, that may be enough for an employer who wants those specific skills.

(ISC)² provides vendor-neutral certifications that focus on principles, knowledge, and capabilities associated with information security, Casesa says. (ISC)² provides two key certifications:  the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) for information security professionals, as well as certification in areas such as information security, system security, authorization, software development, digital forensics, and healthcare.

Other certification organizations include ISACA, which defines the roles of information systems governance, security, and auditing for information assurance professionals worldwide; the Cloud Security Alliance, which partners with (ISC)² on cloud computing certification; the E-Council, which offers an ethical hacking credential; and the SANS Institute, which offers testing and validation for secure software coding and penetration testing.

All of the various security certifications are compatible, but cover different security aspects and expertise. “Depending on what role you are looking for and where you want to take your career will determine what credentials are right for you,” Casesa says.

Certification a double-edged sword?


However, certification alone is not the answer. What about professionals who pass the tests and earn the certs but still do not have the experience and qualifications to handle today’s security threats?

“Certification is a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with having certification,” says Muneer Baig, president and CEO of security consultancy SYSUSA. Baig, who holds at least ten certifications, says that having certification as the only benchmark to validate a professional’s skills and knowledge, which seems to be a common occurrence these days given the computer talent shortage, is just wrong. 

Anyone with a good memory and who is a good absorber of text will be able to pass the CISSP exam because it covers what is in the CISSP book and study materials, Baig says. Even so, it is not an easy exam: it takes at least six hours and includes 250 questions.

“You are asked the same questions but in different ways to make sure you know what you are talking about. Having knowledge of the industry helps significantly,” but a good reader stands a good chance of passing the exam, he notes.

Baig says he has come across people without certifications who have experience and are more knowledgeable about security than some people who are certified. Therefore, to measure how well a person might perform on the job, you need a combination of certification and a person has validated qualifications, Baig says. "Any other way is a risk," he says.

“I don’t have a CISSP, but I have an undergrad and Masters [degree] in computer security and a graduate certificate in computer security,” says Adam Vincent, CEO of ThreatConnect, a developer of enterprise intelligence solutions. “However, I have a strong academic foundation and I did the job of a CISSP for eight- to 10 years, so I have the experience on the job of running security programs.”

Vincent says he would have learned some new things going through the CISSP program. The goal is to look at certification as a person’s academic foundation, which says that they can learn, memorize, and hopefully, remember most of what they learned when they come into your company. “But at the end of the day you have to look at what they have done and are capable of based on their experience,” Vincent says.

Casesa says aside from the test element to certification exams, security professionals have to demonstrate auditable experience in the areas they are being tested in. For instance, in the case of CISSP, they need five years of paid full-time work experience in two of the eight domains of the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK), which covers critical topics in security including risk management, cloud computing, mobile security, application development security, and more.

Moreover, in order to maintain their certification, professionals have to continue education and work in the security profession or the certification can be revoked, Casesa says.

“We consider certification really a lifetime commitment,” he says. Certification says, “you have made a commitment to your industry, your profession, and your career, and it will endure as long as the letters [certification acronyms] are on the other side of your name.”

10 Top Certs That Can Be Your Calling Card to a Better Career

A degree in information technology (IT) enables a student to develop a broad understanding of different disciplines and the role IT plays in business and daily life, but certification is evidence of up-to-date, hands-on skills in a specific discipline, technology, and product. Valid certifications also demonstrate to a potential employer that you are committed to continuous learning and are adaptable, qualities highly valued in a rapidly evolving industry.
 
A carefully chosen certification is a career investment. It’s important to decide on the right certification based on your interests, career goals, circumstances, and the market. This article covers 10 certifications that have broad application across several disciplines. Any IT professional will have a leg up with any of these certs, and as an added benefit, all in high demand by employers.
CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network A+, CompTIA Security +
 
These vendor-neutral foundation-level certifications validate a strong basic understanding of how IT systems and networks function in an organization, and of computer and network security.
The globally recognized entry-level CompTIA A+ is the first certification that many IT professionals earn before going on to specialize in a specific discipline — A+ has more than 1 million holders worldwide. An A+ certification demonstrates a solid knowledge base of software and hardware technologies commonly deployed in industry as well as of computer service skills. This certification validates computer service and Windows desktop operating system support skills.
 
CompTIA’s Network+ certification validates a holder’s expertise in designing, configuring, installing, managing, maintaining, and troubleshooting IT systems and network infrastructure.
 
The Security+ credential demonstrates fundamental knowledge of IT security and an ability to secure network devices, services, and traffic from threats. This qualification proves that the holder has hands-on experience in securing information and IT infrastructure. Security+ is a useful validation not just for IT security professionals but for anyone whose job entails managing networks, systems, and providing IT services.
 

EC-Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

 
Cybercrime today is a reality no organization can afford to ignore. Offered by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), CEH validates the holder’s ability to stop hackers from corrupting, stealing, or compromising data. The course exposes students to the technology and methodology employed by hackers to break into a system, trains them to detect vulnerabilities, and to patch gaps in the system.
 
Given the pace at which hackers are moving and the implications of a security breach, it’s imperative that organizations are technologically advanced enough to stay ahead of them. CEH is a comprehensive course covering detection of weaknesses, threats, and intrusions, OS attacks, and the latest viruses.
 
Data security is a round-the-clock concern for organizations everywhere and there is an ever-increasing need for professionals who can thwart cyberattacks by identifying system weaknesses and fixing them before a breach occurs.
 

Professional Scrum Master

 
Originally a software development qualification, the Scrum Master certification now applies to project management as well. Adaptability is at the core of this certification. As the business landscape continuously changes, organizations increasingly value Scrum Master certified software developers and project managers for the ability to factor in unpredictability and optimizing of outcomes despite changes in clients’ specifications during the development process.
 
The Professional Scrum Master course trains software developers and program managers to work as a team with a view to fulfilling a customer’s objective despite frequent changes in their business requirements. Scrum Masters are prepared for unpredictability and are trained to adapt to changes during the project development process without compromising efficiency, thereby producing the best possible result within the specified timeline and budget.
 
Offered by the Scrum Alliance, this is an all-around useful certification. A candidate is certified a Scrum Master once he passes an associate exam, which he is eligible to take only after attending a Certified Scrum Trainer’s class.
 

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

 
This broad-based certification is administered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, more commonly known as (ISC)2. This is a comprehensive computer security certification for people with at least four-to-five years of full-time work experience in a minimum of two of 10 specified areas of information security.
 
Earning this certification isn’t easy. Candidates must pass a single six-hour exam covering eight computer security domains. Among the topics addressed are risk assessment and management, access management, planning for business continuity and disaster recovery, security of applications and systems during the development stage, cryptography, legalities, ethics, and investigation, operations security, security of physical assets, telecommunication and network security, and security engineering.
 
Clearly, achieving CISSP isn’t for the faint-of-heart. With the high-demand for IT security professionals, however, the return for your effort is significant in salary and career opportunities. In order to keep their certification valid, candidates are required to earn a specified number of Continuous Professional Education (CPE) credits annually.
 

Project Management Professional (PMP)

 
Managed by the Project Management Institute (PMI), PMP certification commands higher international recognition than any other project management qualification. Across the world, the number of PMPs exceeds 600,000.
 
To certify as a PMP, a candidate needs to complete 35 hours of PMP-specific training and have at least 4,500 hours of experience in project management, if he holds a bachelor’s degree, or at least 7,500 hours of experience without a bachelor’s degree.
 
This course covers the entire project management cycle from starting and planning to executing, overseeing, and concluding a project. PMPs are trained to plan and manage all kinds of projects and not just a specific type.
 

ITIL v3 Foundation and ITIL Practitioner

 
IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is an internationally recognized standard for IT service management. It comprises what is known to be the most comprehensive and dependable set of guidelines for managing IT services in line with organizational goals. The focus is on training IT service professionals to implement the ITIL IT management framework in the work environment and to keep improving IT service delivery.
 
The entry-level ITIL v3 Foundation certification has a broad scope, covering IT management concepts and their application in any organization beginning with assessment and allocation of available resources, applications and operations management, capacity building, and managing unpredictability. This is a useful qualification for IT professionals across disciplines.
 
The new ITIL Practitioner certification is an advanced qualification offered as a follow-up to the Foundation certification. While Foundation validates knowledge of the different aspects and stages of the IT management lifecycle, Practitioner certification trains candidates to apply ITIL concepts in an organizational environment. This certification proves the holder has developed the expertise to achieve Continual Service Improvement (CSI), one of the core fundamentals of ITIL, in an organizational environment.
 
Originally created by the British government, ITIL certifications are now managed by AXELOS, a joint venture between the British government and Capita, plc.
 

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching

 
Networks are a crucial part of an organization’s IT infrastructure. To ensure operational efficiency, organizations rely on network engineers or technicians to plan, create, and maintain both local area networks (LAN) as well as wide area networks (WAN). Cisco being the biggest player in the routing and switching segment is ubiquitous in the organizational environment worldwide.
 
Though a vendor-specific qualification, CCNP demonstrates in-depth network management expertise. CCNP proves that the holder can not only plan and implement networks, but monitor the performance of and troubleshoot enterprise networks as well as work together with experts to deliver voice, video, wireless, and superior security solutions.
 
CCNP is a level above the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification. Network engineers earn this certification in order to demonstrate superior networking knowledge and skills so as to move on to more challenging and better-paying positions. Candidates are required to take different exams on routing, switching, and diagnosis and repair.
 

Microsoft Specialist: Windows 10

 
Windows is the most widely used desktop and laptop operating system across the world and Windows 10 is the latest iteration. Since many organizations are upgrading to Windows 10, in-depth proficiency in the Enterprise version is in increasing demand.
 
There are two Microsoft Specialist credentials for Windows 10 : Configuring Windows Devices, and Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise. These certifications validate technical expertise in device and network security management, desktop, mobile, and application management and maintenance, and remote access specific to Windows 10.
 
This is an important certification for helpdesk staff and service technicians, systems administrators, and architects.
 

Microsoft Certified Professional

 
This is the foundation for all other Microsoft certifications. This certification, available across a wide range of Microsoft products, technologies, and solutions, demonstrates professional-level knowledge of at least one Microsoft product. Since Microsoft is everywhere, the demand for developers and technicians who can install, deploy, and troubleshoot Microsoft products in industry as well as in any other organizational environment is high.
 
Since this is a base certification for all other Microsoft qualifications, IT professionals seeking accreditation of in-depth knowledge of Microsoft products and technologies, need to earn this certification first.
 

VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV)

 
The growth in cloud and virtualization means organizations can store and process more data and serve a greater number of end-users with less hardware and other physical resources. However, to optimize resource utilization, realize significant cost-efficiency, and ensure optimum data center performance in line with user needs and organizational goals, businesses need data center administrators with advanced virtualization skills.
 
The internationally recognized VCP-DCV certification validates in-depth knowledge of Domain Name System (DNS), and technical expertise in installing, deploying, managing, and scaling VMware and vSphere environments.
 
To certify, candidates without previous VMware experience are required to complete a VMware-authorised course, have worked with VMware infrastructure technologies for at least six-months, and pass two exams. Someone who has earned VCP certification that is no longer valid is required to complete an authorised course and two exams. Candidates with valid VCP certifications need to complete just one exam.
 
VMware certifications are now valid for two years. Holders must recertify every two years in order to keep their certifications valid.
 

Go Get Certified!

 
There are hundreds of IT certifications out there. Any of these 10 credentials, however, will provide a rock-solid stepping stone to better jobs and more specialized career paths. Whether you are a student looking to launch a career in the industry, or an experienced professional seeking a more stimulating and lucrative assignment, there’s help for you here.
 
Which certification you opt for depends on which IT pathway interests you most, your career goals, and your circumstances. A realistic assessment of your interests and aptitude, of where you want to go in your career, and of your situation can help you decide on the most valuable certification.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

(ISC)² Opens Call For Speakers For Fourth Annual CyberSecureGov Training Event Invited Keynotes Confirmed



(ISC)2 ("ISC-squared"), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals with nearly 110,000 members worldwide, academia and industry to address a variety of government cyber issues from a holistic perspective.

"The government cannot continue taking one step forward and two steps back in its response to cyber threats," said Dan Waddell, CISSP, CAP, PMP, managing director, North America Region and director of U.S. Government Affairs, (ISC)². "With a unique perspective on what is at stake, cybersecurity professionals are being called as agents of change to influence and empower the government's progress at all levels and in new ways. This year's CyberSecureGov training event is designed to shake up the status quo and incite progress in new ways."

Themed Inspiring Change Agents in an Environment of Game-Changing Threats, the CyberSecureGov training program will include three tracks focused on Prevention, Detection and Resilience. (ISC)² is currently accepting speaker submissions from experts in government, industry and academia in the following topic areas:
  • Cloud Security
  • Threats and the Advanced Adversary
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Automation, Detection and CDM
  • Incident Response and Recovery
  • Professional Development
  • Business, Financial and Risk Implications
  • Identity Access Management
  • The Privacy Challenge
  • Game Changing Solutions
 

Distinguished Keynote Speakers Have Been Confirmed:


The University of Maryland's Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, Jennifer Golbeck, will open Day 1 of the training program addressing, "The Human Side of Cybersecurity." As a world leader in social media research and communication, Ms. Golbeck's research focuses on analyzing and computing with social media and creating usable privacy and security systems. Her research has influenced industry, government and the military.

Harvard Visiting Executive In-Residence, Eisenhower Fellow, and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Dr. David A. Bray, will open Day 2 of the training program addressing, "Positive #ChangeAgents in our Exponential Era." He served as IT Chief for the Center for Disease Control's Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program during 9/11, volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to "think differently" on military and humanitarian issues in 2009, and served as Executive.

Director for a national commission reviewing the research and development efforts of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Together with a team of change agents, Dr. Bray led the FCC's award-winning IT transformation that demonstrated solutions at 1/6th the price and in half the time compared to legacy on premise approaches.

About (ISC)²Ò


Formed in 1989, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals worldwide, with nearly 110,000 members in more than 160 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Authorization Professional (CAPÒ), Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPÒ),

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSPSM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSPÒ) and related concentrations, Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLPÒ), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPÒ) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCPÒ) credentials to qualifying candidates.

(ISC)²'s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information and software security topics. More information is available at http://www.isc2.org.

Monday, 4 January 2016

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