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  • #16781

    Alaina
    Participant

    On Monday June 8, 2015, I took and passed the CISSP exam. Had my endorsement and resume showing many CBK domains worth of experience submitted on Thursday June 18, 2015. At the time, (ISC)2’s web site had the wait time listed as up to 5 weeks. The e-mail confirming receipt of my information stated that “due to high volume, wait time was increased to up to 8 weeks… and (ISC)2’s website also reflects 8 weeks now.

    I saw an e-mail from (ISC)2 last week and got excited… until I saw it had nothing to do with me and was about how CISSPs and SSCPs can work together. How rude!

    Today (Thursday Jul 16) is 4 weeks since my submission and over 5 since I passed the exam… and I am still waiting (impatiently). For those that have (ISC)2’s backing to call yourself a CISSP, when did you take your exam and how long did you have to wait?

    #17169

    RickBoucher
    Participant

    8-weeks? Wow, that seems a little ridiculous especially considering how much money the exam costs!!!

    Keep us posted on when it comes in…I’m testing in 12-days but ain’t skeered! 😉 (Maybe just a wee bit!)

    #17186

    Alaina
    Participant

    I thought it was bad enough when it was supposed to be 5 weeks (which will be this Thursday). I keep hoping they are overestimating like restaurants do with their wait times, but I am not confident that will be the case.

    Good luck RickBoucher! I will definitely post once I receive my official title and welcome kit… let us know how your test goes also 🙂

    #17873

    EasyHack
    Participant

    Hey guys! This is just an email to say CONGRATS…I’m following this thread as I begin to prepare for this next big certification. PLEASE, PLEASE, OH PLEASE share your study tips and experience with those of us trying to get there. I KNOW that waiting on the certification authority to “validate” you is very nerve-racking…hang in there…at least you already passed! You should be fine based on everything that I’ve heard from others who passed.

    #18149

    Alaina
    Participant

    I received my official CISSP designation e-mail yesterday afternoon!!! Exactly 5 weeks from the day my endorsement was submitted. {resuming happy dance from passing the exam}

    @easyhack ~re: how I prepared~ I self-studied for a while, reading through the Shon Harris book, the additional videos from the Shon Harris AIO dvd (which I made into audio to listen to in my car) and the CISSP Companion Handbook (which was not so much a study guide, but helped to make sense of some things and offered a break from cramming while still keeping the material in mind).

    My work history is heavy with telecommunications/networking and systems management, so I was fairly confident on that portion of the CBK. Recently I was acting/interim IS Manager when my supervisor was out on vacation and then when he left for another company. That filled in some additional knowledge about BCP, DRP and thinking from a management prospective. Physical security made sense already and had been parts of other experience I had at various times. I narrowed down the parts I was likely to have trouble with (mainly risk, but even though I had some experience in a software development company, it was not one of my strengths). Your experience will give you different strengths and weaknesses. Focus on the weaknesses the most.

    I was not confident I would pass such a long/big test without a boot camp… and the person that endorsed me had taken a boot camp and highly recommended it. About the time I signed up for the boot camp, someone posted a link to this site in one of my groups on LinkedIn… and that is how I found Kelly’s great videos. I then took a great boot camp / class with Nick Valenteen as the instructor. During the class, the 11th Hour CISSP book was recommended, so I got it and started reading.

    For practice questions I used the skillset site, the exam launcher software from the Shon Harris AIO book, and the questions at the end of each chapter in the SH AIO book. I seemed to be scoring highly on all of these and was fairly confident I could pass the actual exam as my boot camp week progressed.

    My class ended on a Friday and I had my exam scheduled for the Monday after that. I was afraid if I did not immediately take the exam, that work would interfere with further studying and I would loose some of the momentum I had from the class. It was enough preparation for me since I passed on my first attempt… but others study/ learn/ prepare differently, so use what works for you… and good luck!

    #19088

    J@v13r
    Participant

    When I submitted mine, I did just when I received the endorsement from my direct manager at that time, he was CISSP certified and I received same answer, up to 5 weeks. But later, I received also the endorsement from a previous manager, also CISSP certified, and a former colleague, also CISSP certified. Maybe one week after my initial submission.

    I received my official CISSP few days later, within 2 or 3 weeks since my initial submission.
    I think if you can prove over 5 years of experience by the endorsement of CISSP certified professionals, they are speeding up a bit more… With the 3 endorsements, I proved over 10 years of actual security experience. Maybe that was the reason.

    In my personal case, I did the CISSP preparation and certification in one week, after my manager asked for it within the contract I am working for and as part of the contract clauses. Now I have over 15 years of actual IT Security experience, within over 20 years of IT related experience. I started as a System Engineer 20 years ago…

    For me, the exam was not difficult, maybe a bit tricky, but I did not studied so much for it. My classes ended on a Friday and we did the exam on Saturday morning.
    Welcome to the club… 😉

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  J@v13r.
    #19423

    RickBoucher
    Participant

    Well, I worked by tail off last week at the CISSP bootcamp which was given by a company called Training Camp. I studied from 8 am to midnight every day.

    We had a proctor problem on Saturday so didn’t even know if we were going to test until around 1…so the stress level was pretty high. I only took 4-hours on the exam (wish I would’ve slowed myself down) and I didn’t pass, I got a 691.

    There were topics on the exam that I’d never studied for so definitely will be hitting those for my retest. My local ISSA president told that he knows very few who passed the test the first time and I found a local study group to link up with.

    While I’m glad they spelled out all acronyms for the test, and also removed those insane questions about “which one of these is NOT”…they were written at a VERY high level and not very well, in my opinion. (And I completed a year of my PhD with a 4.0 GPA so I’m no hick.) Often, you had to figure out WHAT they were asking even before you looked over the answers.

    I’ll, definitely, be more ready the next time…looks like we have a Training Camp in Denver in late-October and since I already gave them a big chuck of money they’ll let me sit in on it for free. (I’ll just have to pay for hotel, if I want it, and also have to pay the $600 for the exam…but my work will repay that if I pass.)

    The journey continues!!

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  RickBoucher.
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    #19501

    Alaina
    Participant

    691, ouch, so close. Without knowing my score, I’m not sure how I would have done if I had a testing delay mess with my head / add stress. Stuff like that can definitely throw you off.

    I agree that the wording on most of the questions is not straightforward. Other people (who took the exam before me) had told me about this, so I knew to expect it. My plan was to read each question, select an answer that seemed correct, flag it for later review if I did not like something about it (or if I was unsure about something on it) and move on (without it being flagged) if I was fairly confident about understanding it. The first 6-8 questions, I flagged. Somewhere along the way, I adapted to the wording style and ended up with about 30-40 questions flagged for review when I reached the end. When I reviewed all my flagged questions, I did not change many from my initial guesses (because it still seemed like the best answer). I had several questions where 2 choices were correct, but I had to decipher which was a “better” answer for their wording.

    The majority of my exam was on topics I expected. Some questions were asking about a technology that I had not expected, but still were relating the technology to things I had covered (like the C-I-A triad). There were around 2 questions that were out there (not covered and I could not see how it related to the CBK), but I was somewhat familiar with the newer technology from real life experience and I suspect those 2 were part of the 25 beta questions.

    #19844

    Sony T John
    Participant

    how to verify work experience ? are submitted experience certificate from company or any other source

    #19936

    Alaina
    Participant

    how to verify work experience ? are submitted experience certificate from company or any other source

    After passing the CISSP exam, when you submit your resume/work experience relating to the CBK, you are supposed to include references for each company. The CISSP endorsing you and (ISC)2 verify your work experience… typically by speaking with your references.

    #20105

    Sony T John
    Participant

    Good luck

    #21464

    Anonymous

    I took and passed my exam at the start of April — just before the domain shuffle took place. Aaaaas did a really big bunch of people.

    When I submitted my endorsement the same day (I work with a CISSP who could endorse me).

    After a few days I got ‘Due to high volume, please allow 8 weeks for your submission to be reviewed and processed.’

    And then approx 7 weeks later I got the final OK — You are a CISSP now.

    So I guess the domain shuffle probably created queues that still affect the performance of the review process.

    #21588

    Alaina
    Participant

    I’ve heard from 3 others that took the exam around the same time as me… they each were “designated CISSP” via e-mail EXACTLY 5 weeks after their endorsement was submitted. The time it takes may go up or down, but looks like currently it is 5 weeks.

    In other news, I received my paper certificate and wallet ID card yesterday on August 17th. Glad that did not take the “estimated” 12 weeks.

    #89756

    ngupta3005
    Participant

    Dear Security Professionals

    I passed World’s best cloud security certification CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) on 18 March 2017. I live in India. At present only 3 person are certified for CCSP in India.

    After passing top 5 worlds best IT security certifications CISA, CISM, CRISC, CISSP, CCSP in one year , I have decided to mentor CCSP exam candidates. My Earlier mile stones are :
    1. CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) – June 2016 (Score 632/800, in top 10%)
    2. CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) – Sept 2016 (Score 624/800, in top 10%)
    3. CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) – 5 Nov 2016
    4. CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) – 10 Dec 2016 (Score 584/800, in top 20%)

    Background :
    B. Tech. (Computer Science ) -1990 with more than 25 years of Experience as Vice President / Sr Vice President –IT in manufacturing organizations with major focus on ERP (SAP, Oracle, Ramco) implementations.

    CCSP Mentoring :

    I highly rate CCSP certification. Cloud security is the future. No of CCSPs in the world are very less. I faced a lot problems during my CCSP preparation due to lack of available resources. Now I am determined to increase no of CCSP’s across the world.

    I have started mission 2020. Those who are either CISSP or registered for CCSP exam can join this mission. I shall provide free mentoring for CCSP. Already more than 30 members have joined this mission as on 31 march 2017. To encourage woman participation & woman empowerment , cissp criteria is also waived off. Woman candidates can join this mission with any one global security certification of repute.

    You can contact me on ngupta3005@gmail.com

    Regds
    Naresh Gupta
    CCSP (Passed on 18 march 17), CISSP,CISA,CISM,CRISC

    Date : 31-March-2017

    #96384

    annalizate
    Participant

    Hi ngupta3005
    How do you know you are in the top 10% of CISA score?

    #96386

    ngupta3005
    Participant

    Hi annalizate

    While sending your scorecard, isaca mention if your score is in top 5% / 10% or 20%. They mention this only to those who fall in these categories.

    #148558

    ilianearne
    Participant
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