REVIEW: "CISSP Exam Notes", K. Wan

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  1. BKCISPEN.RVW 20050330

    "CISSP Exam Notes", K. Wan, 2003, 988-97323-1-9, U$24.95
    %A K. Wan
    %C Hong Kong
    %D 2003
    %G 988-97323-1-9
    %I KP Lab Limited
    %O U$24.95
    %O Audience i- Tech 2 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
    %P 196 p. (PDF ebook)
    %T "CISSP Exam Notes - All you need to pass the exam"

    This appears to be a self-published ebook, available from the author,
    in PDF format. Despite the fact that an ebook softcopy could readily
    be edited, it has not been updated in the two years since it was
    published: some of the CISSP requirements have changed since then, and
    the book does not reflect that.

    The ten domains of the CISSP CBK (Common Body of Knowledge) are
    covered in ten chapters, with the material provided in point form.
    The structure and flow of the material bears a striking resemblance to
    the slides in the (ISC)^2 CISSP review seminar. However, given minor
    discrepancies, I suspect that the book is not directly based on the
    (ISC)^2 slides, but rather on another course that, itself, was based
    on the (ISC)^2 CBK review seminar. (In response to the initial draft
    of this review, the author responded that his ebook was based on the
    other books that followed the course outline, rather than on the
    course itself.) (Wan's company, KP Lab, seems to be restricted to
    producing training guides for various certifications.)

    As noted, the points in the book follow the structure of the course
    slides. There is usually a sentence or phrase expanding or explaining
    each point from the Common Body of Knowledge listing, so the material
    is slightly longer than the subject outline that is available from the
    (ISC)^2 site. The explanations are, however, briefer even than those
    in the first edition of "The CISSP Prep Guide" by Krutz and Vines (cf.
    BKCISPPG.RVW), which is, itself, one of the tersest guides on the
    market. As with that work, and other similar texts, if you do not
    already know the content, this tome will not help you very much.
    Unlike most other CISSP study guides, there are no "sample" questions.

    Overall, the points are reasonably well selected. (The section on
    malware is very disappointing, and the section on legal concepts is
    rather weak.) The material is more up-to-date than any other besides
    the "Official (ISC)^2 Guide to the CISSP Exam" (cf. BKOIGTCE.RVW). In
    terms of books dealing with an overall familiarization with the topics
    to be covered on the CISSP exam, this one does have an advantage in
    price, and in speed of access. (I requested a copy directly from the
    author by email, and got it within two hours. If, for example, you
    are in a boot camp course situation, you may need all the help you can
    get, quickly.)

    copyright Robert M. Slade, 2005 BKCISPEN.RVW 20050330


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    Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor, May 20, 2005
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