CISSP CBK review guides

(maintained by Rob Slade)

Probably the best way to ensure you pass the CISSP exam is to take the CBK review course offered by (ISC)2. You can pass the exam by reading books. I did. (Mind you, I read 300 of them ...) However, there are some guides that are written with the intent of helping you pass the exam. They may help. They may not. In rough order of potential usefulness (most useful first) they are:

"Official (ISC)^2 Guide to the CISSP Exam", Susan Hansche/John Berti/Chris Hare
This is the latest and greatest. Not perfect: a lot of the writing is pretty ragged. However, this has the greatest breadth of any CISSP guide so far, and a decent depth on most of the info. The sample questions are the closest, in style and difficulty, to those you'll see on the exam.

"CISSP All-in-One Certification Exam Guide", Shon Harris
a copy of the CBK course outline, and explanatory materials from a number of other sources. Until the "Official" guide, it is the one most likely to be able to get you through the exam, albeit not with a great mark.

"The CISSP Study Guide", Ronald L. Krutz/Russell Dean Vines
the most complete copy of the CBK course outline, but little tutorial material. ( "The CISSP Prep Guide Gold Edition", Ronald L. Krutz/Russell Dean Vines, is a marginal update of "The CISSP Study Guide" together with the additional questions in "Advanced CISSP Prep Guide: Exam Q & A" [see below].)

"CISSP Exam Notes", K. Wan
a cheap and fairly quick guide, also more recent than some of the others.

"CISSP Training Guide", Roberta Bragg
surprisingly little relevant information, in relation to the size of the book, and quite disorganized.

"Mike Meyers' Certification Passport CISSP", Shon Harris
had another go, but this one is definitely not as good as the first.

"CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional Study Guide", Tittel et al
has a surprising number of errors.

"Secured Computing", Carl F. Endorf
fairly complete outline, some explanatory content, little extra material. This book also seems to have a relationship to the simplistic Boson practice exams.

"CISSP for Dummies", Lawrence Miller/Peter Gregory
the outline isn't as complete, although some tutorial areas are good. A lot of errors, though.

"The Total CISSP Exam Prep Book", Thomas R. Peltier/Patrick D. Howard
kinda odd man out: no explanatory text, just a set of questions that are supposed to be like the CISSP exam, but aren't.

"Advanced CISSP Prep Guide: Exam Q & A", Ronald L. Krutz/Russell Dean Vines
another of the same ilk.

"CISSP (Exam Cram)", Mandy Andress
another oddball: basically a kind of lexicon of terms in the CBK, not very complete.

"Eleventh Hour CISSP Study Guide", Eric Conrad
lots of errors, practice questions relying on trivia

"CISSP Practice Questions Exam Cram 2", Michael C. Gregg
another list of questions, too simplistic and too careless.

"Get Ready for CISSP Exam", Rafeeq Ur Rehman
shoddy work-in-progress.

"CISSP Examination Textbooks", S. Rao Vallabhaneni
possibly one of the worst books I have ever reviewed. I have been told that there is a second edition, but I have also been told that my original review still applies.

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