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I would like to ask the community what the proper course of study would be resulting in a CISSP for an individual possesing a BS in Telecommunications Management, CCNA, and 6 years experience in the telephony industry with Siemens.

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Depends where you are located: USA, Canada, Europe? You can have a look at they have a lot of information related to CISSP, SSCP, CISM, CISA, ISSPCS, and SANS GIAC GCFW, etc.


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  • Thepete
    You seem to have some good IT experience. So why get your CISSP? Why get any knowledge-only based security cert? Have you looked into OPST or OPSA ( Those are 2 independent security certs that actually assure skills AND knowledge (for example, ISECOM does not provide its own training, just the certifications). ISECOM certs are recommended in many industries and have a strong world-wide base.
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  • GrayHat
    To get the CISSP you need to have experience and sit the 6 hour paperbased exam. You have experience but will need to self study or attend formal CISSP training. I did mine in 6 months using CBT's and about 3 books.
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  • Boardinhank
    If you have looked into it you understand it has 10 domains that will be covered. It is true that this is not a technical certification as in technical skills but there is so much material that can really better help you manage yourself in the technical world. The CISSP is a great add to your resume no matter how many other certs there are out there. It does cost an annual fee and there CPE credits required over the next 3 years to keep your certification current. I had been pretty solid networking and SA type work for 5 years. Took my company offered training one year and went to an intense school boot camp for a week. took the test as soon as I could schedule it and because you never really find out your grade just if you pass or fail I passed after a very very long 4 and a half hour testing period that has a way of taxing you ways you never want to have happen again. :) You could schedule yourself some good study time and have it done in 6 months or less no problem. The CISSP alone on my resume got me in the doors at a couple places this last year and my salary bumped 35% this last year alone. switching jobs to do that of course but you will be on the top of the stack vs bottom companies seem to really respect the cert. Do it is my advice.
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