Friday, July 14, 2006

It's Official: I am a CISSP

I've finally done it! Well, the finally part is more to the fact that I took the exam on May 13, passed it and just finally sent in my resume almost TWO MONTHS later. I'm not sure why it took me so long to send it in. It could be that I didn't enjoy the whole CISSP process. In Feb, I attended SANS' CISSP prep class in Orlando. It was a good class, and I would probably think it helped me more if I had been able to take the test a week or two later, but I couldn't. The next availability in the area was almost two months after the prep class. When the exam was about two weeks away, I started taking practice exams every day until I was ready to barf CISSP material. Finally, when the test rolled around, I thought it was quite difficult...not because of the material, but because of the way the questions were asked. Now, I probably can't talk about it any further because of the "Fight Club" agreement I had to sign when taking the exam, but I can say I did not enjoy it at all, and the bad taste left in my mouth is probably why I didn't rush to send in my resume in order to complete the process.

I don't really want to complain about the whole process, but I am glad it is over, and I definitely have a feeling of accomplishment having done it. (Plus, it can't hurt to have on my resume;)


Martin McKeay said...

Congratulations, John!

Glad to hear that the test is still pretty hard. And for the same reasons too. The subject matter really isn't all that hard once you get into the mindset of a security professional. Except for encryption that is. Still one of my weakest skillsets.


-->j said...

Great accomplishment John...