CISSP AIO by Shon Harris

This topic contains 15 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Clay Briggs 8 years, 10 months ago.

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  • #5986
     DrivinTin 
    Participant

    Does anyone happen to have the CISSP All-in-One by Shon Harris that they would like to sell or exchange?  I really wanted to run through the book before the test, but not sure if it is worth the $40 to use as a review.

    Thanks

  • #37445
     Data_Raid 
    Participant

    The CISSP AIO 4th Edition is available on Google books:
    http://books.google.com/books?id=tiKZ-0ssRvsC&printsec=frontcover&dq=cissp&hl=en&ei=Vg44TZOaG4aWhQevtaXkCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

    The latest AIO version is the 5th edition released in 2010, I have heard that there isn’t much of a difference between the 4th and 5th editions (but don’t take my word for it)  🙂

  • #37446
     caissyd 
    Participant

    Hey,

    I have the 5th edition at home (I am studying for CISSP too!) and it is worth 40$. 1216 pages of pure pleasure…  😛

    I am also watching the 4th edition of Shon Harris DVD and it helps save a lot of time. Although you get tire quickly to look at a person lecturing you, it helps me save a lot of time in my study…

    http://www.amazon.com/CISSP-Video-Course-Shon-Harris/dp/0789739631/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1295533962&sr=8-7

  • #37447
     Clay Briggs 
    Participant

    I have the book/dvds as well… about to really get into them in preparation for my cissp.  Frist thing I noticed (20 some pages in) was that they refer to DDOS as being the most common use of botnets or something… which was interesting… could have sworn it making SPAM.  Mmmm… Spam-burger…

    Yeah, not sure on the actual worthwhile nature of it, but it seems fairly ok in general thus far.  I’ll give a report on my thoughts after I’m done with all her material.

  • #37448
     caissyd 
    Participant

    You’re right g00d_4sh, she is often quick to say things that aren’t necessary accurate. For example, she seems to think that IDS will catch ALL attacks, hackers are all script kiddies, etc…

    But I take it with a grain of salt. It’s probably good enough for CISSP, since it is “one mile wide, one inch deep”.

  • #37449
     DrivinTin 
    Participant

    Thanks guys, it sounds like it is worth getting then.  Let me ask you this, how many diagrams are there in it?  I know it sounds weird, but would rather just grab it on my kindle, but all the diagrams can be a pain when trying to reference anything.

  • #37450
     Macphisto 
    Participant

    Just went through the copy I bought today (recently decided to push from System/Network Admin into heavier security and work towards a cert) and only counted 8 diagrams in 50 pages that I selected entirely unscientifically.  It varies, obviously, but as I look through it, it’s not what I would consider diagram heavy, and what diagrams it has shouldn’t really look too bad on a Kindle. 

  • #37451
     DrivinTin 
    Participant

    I ended up buying it from Amazon last week, and WOW! We have all spent money on tech books and got this overprices flimsy 100 page book in the mail, that is not the case here.  It was only around $45 on Amazon, and I feel like I honestly just got $45 worth of paper alone before it was even printed on.  The book is close to 1300 pages and is massive!  I have started going through it, mostly just a slight review, but it is actually a pretty decent read so far.

  • #37452
     Data_Raid 
    Participant

    The AIO book is one of the best CISSP study guides available imo. The self test software is also pretty good but nothing like the actual exam but it’s useful for reinforcing concepts and terms. There are retired CISSP exam questions available from https://www.expresscertifications.com/ISC2/Catalog.aspx which realistically reflect the format of the CISSP exam questions.
    http://www.cccure.org also has some great information like study tips for various Security exams such as CISSP, CISA, CISM and more. You can also take some free practice exams for the CISSP here: https://www.freepracticetests.org/quiz/index.php?page=register

    Good luck!

  • #37453
     Clay Briggs 
    Participant

    Good links Data_Raid.  I’ll have to go through them.  I actually put my CISSP studies on the back burner for a couple months.  I’m currently getting ready to get Crossfit Certified first, since an opening for the testing opened up back in my home city, which gave me a good excuse to head back to the states for a few days.  I look forward to going over the links you provided though when I find a few moments. 

    Yeah H1t M0nk3y … that has been my perspective on her book so far.  Not 100% accurate, but seems to get the job done. 

  • #37454
     Data_Raid 
    Participant

    @g00d_4sh wrote:

    Good links Data_Raid.  I’ll have to go through them.  I actually put my CISSP studies on the back burner for a couple months.  I’m currently getting ready to get Crossfit Certified first, since an opening for the testing opened up back in my home city, which gave me a good excuse to head back to the states for a few days.

    You’re welcome.
    Crossfit, nice! I’ve tried some of the CF exercises and they are brutal, great for keeping in shape though.

  • #37455
     Macphisto 
    Participant

    Not sure if you got the book with the DVD included, but if you did, there is a chapter-by-chapter copy of the book in PDF format included on the DVD.  Pretty nice for tossing onto the Kindle/iBooks/etc instead of carrying that brick of a book around.  When I’m reading at night, I’ve taken to reading from the dead-tree version, but when I’m at work or waiting for my daughter at daycare, I hop to pdf on the Kindle. 

  • #37456
     Clay Briggs 
    Participant

    I’ve got the full meal deal with the dead tree pages, dvds… you name it.  I’m just using the book for now, since I feel I should get some use out of that thing other than a door stop, or something to smack a burglar with.  Though.. if I had a kindle, I’d probably use it. :/  Santa never arrived with one this year heh, maybe next year.

    Yeah, I’ve been doing crossfit for about 4 years now.  First time in my life where I really ENJOY working out instead of it being a chore to keep in shape heh.  I figure it can be a good side business that is transferable with my work as I move from country to country.  That, and it helps with my surfing heh. 

  • #37457
     Macphisto 
    Participant

    @g00d_4sh wrote:

    I’ve got the full meal deal with the dead tree pages, dvds… you name it.  I’m just using the book for now, since I feel I should get some use out of that thing other than a door stop, or something to smack a burglar with.  Though.. if I had a kindle, I’d probably use it. :/  Santa never arrived with one this year heh, maybe next year.

    Yeah, I’ve been doing crossfit for about 4 years now.  First time in my life where I really ENJOY working out instead of it being a chore to keep in shape heh.  I figure it can be a good side business that is transferable with my work as I move from country to country.  That, and it helps with my surfing heh. 

    The Kindle is nice for on-the-spot reading but I still find myself going to the paper version at nights.  One thing I’ve read about the CISSP exam is that, given it’s non-technical content, it’s often described as “a vocabulary test,” albeit a difficult one.  So I’ve been using a highlighter to mark sections that I think are likely to be adapted to exam questions.  Then I go back through the highlighted parts and start creating facts in Anki (http://ankisrs.net – a Spaced Repetition System.  I’ve been using to study Japanese.) and have even considered using Cloze Deletions to make the cards a bit more test-like. 

    My only other cert is a CCNA (speaking of which I need to renew that – where am I going to find the time?) and I’m hoping that I can adapt my study methods to a non-technical cert like CISSP.  Once I have that, I’m planning to push into considerably more technical certs to fulfill my CPE requirements. 

    How hard is it to start Cross fit?  I’ve been working on weight loss (calorie counting, etc) and once it’s warm I’m hoping I can get back into barefoot/minimal-footwear running. 

  • #37458
     gray_hat 
    Participant

    Hi,

    I recommend using the Official ISC2 Study Guide as well as Shon Harris.

    You never know what clicks from the official study guide. Trust me I bought the official guide and I KNOW it was worth it after I gave the exam.

    BTW 40$s for a used book – Kidding me?

  • #37459
     Clay Briggs 
    Participant

    Yeah, I grabbed the Official study guide as well.  I’m planning to read both cover to cover before shelling out 1k.  Heh.

    To Macphisto:  Well, crossfit is actually rather easy to get into.  It is very scalable which is one of the more useful aspects of it.  I got into it about 4 years ago.  My first class was myself and 5 women, all of which were between the ages of 45 to 60.  Every last one of them beat me in the workout, and I was hooked.  I’d been doing normal gym stuff to ‘stay in shape’ for years, but it was purely for looks.  When it came to actually performing in crossfit, I was sorely lacking.  There are everyone from grannies who’ve never done a thing, to pro athletes who use it, it’s a pretty fun activity.. which makes it much more entertaining to me than trudging through an hour on machines at the gym was before.  Fun stuff.  If you have any questions, feel free to pm me. 

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