Customer comments on this Youngstown Ohio Book
On topic, but needs much better editing
I read and studied this book," Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP Exam", for my one study aid in quick preparation for the CISSP exam. I found the book's coverage of topics and the common body of knowledge to be fine; indeed the book is tuned to the CISSP exam's intended scope rather well. The problem with this book is quality control and the details. Just to get it out of the way, what annoyed me the most is that many of the sample "exam questions" are flawed lacking quality control. Not flawed like the CISSP exam questions themselves are known to be, but simply poorly written. The answer section for the sample questions has many flaws and mistakes: such as mixing up answers for other chapters' questions, unfinished text, etc. A frustrating way to end each chapter.
The main body of the book suffers from major reuse of subject matter, and at times contradictions on subjects. A whole-book editorial review is needed to tighten the thing up -- it suffers from a high-level sloppiness that makes reading and studying more tiring than necessary. Lastly, in some subject areas the book is inaccurate and/or out of date. As it stands, do not use this book as a security-subject expert-reference. Too many little mistakes of omission and half-correct contexts, and at times too little detail to give a subject "enough" coverage to put the important issues in the right light.
Cosider a must-have
I rate this book very hight because it is a serious content / concept based book for not only the exam but to really make things clear that it covers.
One drawback is that it does not cover it all and you might need the Krutz & Vines or Shon Haris book and interaction with the [...]. Still this would be a great buy because the questions at the end of the chapters are better quality than most of the books.
I have now known a lot of people passing exam by only using this one book (disclaimer: some of them have had good experiance in InfoSec, which is expected).
Importantly, email the author and get the errata of the book so that you don't run around trying to verify some of the errors the book has, though it could help doing all the additional research.
Good Luck for the exam !
Good book, but not end-all be-all
A very useful resource for anybody interested in the field of Information Security. It provides an overview of the 10 bodies of knowledge that candidates for the CISSP exam are required to master. However, while this book is excellent as reference material, it is not as suitable as a study guide. Due to the nature of the book (it is authorized by many different writers), there is quite a bit of repetition of material, and slightly different viewpoints on what often appears to be the same issue. Sometimes, the differences between the viewpoints are not clearly articulated, which may lead to confusion.
All in all, a good book and well worth the price.