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June 2003

CISSP study plan: CISSP prep books, guides and resources

Stack O' Reading: No one resource can prepare you for the CISSP. At the same time, there are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands, of books and Web sites covering some aspect of the CBK. The goal is to read widely, if not necessarily deeply, in each domain. Remember, the exam is a mile-wide and an inch deep. Tailor your study plan accordingly. BOOKS An Amazon search reveals 15 books with "CISSP" in the title. There's even a CISSP for Dummies! I read every page of two 1,000-page "all-in-one" guides plus a smattering of other books and online resources. I also dabbled around and skimmed a half-dozen other books. All-in-One CISSP Certification By Shon Harris (McGraw Hill Osborne, 2002) 971 pages + CD, $80 This book is extremely comprehensive, and Harris has a knack for explaining complex technical topics in layman's terms without talking down to the reader. Harris also teaches an exam-cram class for Intense School, and has sat for (and passed) the CISSP exam on two separate occasions--both of which lend an air of authority to this...

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