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Three killer resources to prepare you for CISSP exam success

By Edward Jones

As we move into 2014, demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals holding the CISSP credential is at an all-time high. Continued media coverage of high profile hacks and a growing skills gap within the cybersecurity industry will only continue to fuel that demand. 

As it stands there are currently 4607 certified CISSP's in the UK, according (ISC)2 member count, yet ITJobsWatch reports more than 1000 vacancies highlighting the CISSP certification as a requirement. With an average salary of £56,125 (up 12.25% on 2013) and the plethora of available jobs, now has never been a better time to consider becoming a CISSP. 

So to help you on your way to becoming a certified CISSP, we've put together three killer resources to help prepare you for exam success.

Buy the Official CISSP CBK

In my opinion, it's always best to go official, so make sure you get your hands on, the Official (ISC)² Guide to the CISSP CBK (common body of knowledge). It might be more expensive than other guides and it's often tempting to go for a cheaper alternative, but that is often a false economy with the Official guide being more comprehensive and up to date. If an exam vendor isn't providing you with one of the best guides to success, then something is certainly amiss.

The current CISSP CBK guide is in its Third Edition and is reflective of all the latest developments in what is an ever-changing field. Examples of new topics reflective of these developments include mobile security and cloud computing. You can attain the guide in three formats:
  • Hardcover
  • iTunes - can be bought in single modules or all ten domains
  • Kindle - can be bought in single modules or all ten domains

Work through the CISSP Essentials Security School

Another fantastic and FREE resource from Search Security is the CISSP Essentials Security School. You'll have to trade your name and email to set-up an account, but in return you'll get 10 lessons covering each domain, 450 minutes of video presentations, an insiders guide to each domain and a quiz simulating prep questions reflective of the real exam.

The resource is put together by Shon Harris a CISSP, MCSE and President of Logical Security.

Free CISSP webcasts straight from (ISC)2

(ISC)2 released a series of ten free CISSP webcasts (no longer available as of 2020) which will run you through exactly what you need to know before attempting the exam. They consist of a detailed overview of each domain covered in the exam as well as all the knowledge expected of a CISSP. This is a must view before you even consider taking an exam.

So there you have it, three killer resources to help you prepare for exam success. If you're still in doubt about the value of CISSP, check out this short video. 

About the Author

As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor among others.