The CISSP Prep Guide

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Wiley, Oct 31, 2002 - Computers - 944 pages
  • The Gold Edition has been updated to include CISSP bonus questions never before published and advanced question and answer tutorial.
  • The CD-ROM contains 660 questions of which 360 have never before been available electronically.
  • All questions have been designed with Boson, the premier interactive test engine for technical books in the industry.
  • Authors are experts in the security certification field and have particular expertise in the CISSP Exam.

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At first glance this text appears to be a very nicely formatted collection of CBKs. After closer studying, I have discovered that there are several significant problems with overall content and writing.
1. Lacks parallel construction. Does not cover material on the same points hierarchically. Just try to build a table based on the information provided on Kerberos, SESAME, KryptoKnight and NetSP. I had to go dig through specs to even get a point by point comparison.
2. Content missing. Under Security Management Practices, the authors mention Custodian in table 1.2, but never even mention the topic under the main body of Roles and Responsibilities. Sloppy.
3. Introductions to following material missing in preceding paragraphs. This material shouldn't be a murder mystery, but I keep stumbling across material that isn't even properly introduced. It is as if they just started writing without an outline. I have had to build my own outline just to follow them and catch their omissions.
4. Advanced Sample Questions. Whether be it in college or elsewhere, it is patently irresponsible to ask questions on material not covered in the "lecture". Yet, the authors put forth sample CISSP questions on material that isn't covered in the body of the text. For example, Chapter 2 question 1 asks a question that is answered by the term "enforced path". Enforced path is not covered anywhere in the body. Here's a quick lesson to the authors, if it is important enough to write a question, it is even more important to cover the material adequately in the text.
 

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About the author (2002)

RONALD L. KRUTZ is the Senior Information Security Consultant for Corbett Technologies, specializing in information assurance appraisal methodologies. He is a lead instructor for the CISSP CBK review seminars and former faculty R&D Director at Carnegie Mellon University Research Institute. He holds a PhD in computer engineering, is a registered professional engineer, and is a CISSP. He is the author of four previous Wiley books, including The CISSP Prep Guide.

RUSSELL DEAN VINES is President of The RDV Group, a New York-based security services firm. Previously, he was consulting manager, Security Services, Realtech Systems. Vines has been involved in computer security for fifteen years and has helped create the security design and architecture for Fortune 1000 companies worldwide, and consults regularly for the U.S. Government and the Department of Defense. He is a certified CISSP and CCNA, MCSE, MCNE, and NSA/IAM professional.

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