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From: Kohlenberg, Toby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Nov 01 2001 - 01:24:29 CST
Try this perspective- The book is an excellent resource and an interesting
read if you are serious about information security. There are cheetsheets-
I mean "study guides" that will take you through sample question after
sample question until even if you don't know the different between a
stream cipher and a block cipher and can't imagine why someone would
need any more protection than a firewall, you will have a decent chance at
passing. In this case you don't need the ISMH and you don't need to
why policy is essential or how to determine the ROI of a security solution,
let alone have any technical competence at all.
If on the other hand you are serious about infosec, then ISMH is a great
read and an excellent way to get general high level knowledge of a number of
The reason people look for CISSPs is that there is a belief that the
shows some level of knowledge and experience. Unfortunately, people once
that about the MCSE and the CNE and look what happened to those.
This is not a statement about your skills, this is a suggestion of how to
view the materials you've purchased.
All opinions are my own and in no way reflect the views of my employer.
Toby Kohlenberg, CISSP, GCIA
Intel Corporate Information Security
Security Technology and Testing Team
Senior Information Security Specialist
503-264-9783 Office & Voicemail
"Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after you."
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 2:33 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Information Security Mgmnt Handbook
> Well I just parted with $60 for this book because it was
> recommended by the
> study group I am in. However, everyone at Amazon and other internet
> bookstores seemed to slam the book saying it was a waste of
> money. I, just
> like everyone else studying for the CISSP exam, dont have
> time to waste on
> reading resources which will not be beneficial to my studying
> time. These
> ratings were very low for all three volumes. The CISSP Prep
> book though
> seems to receive high marks as a resource for studying for
> the CISSP, even
> after just hitting the marketplace a couple of months ago.
> Does anyone
> else feel the same way about the Information Security Mgmnt
> Handbook. Did
> you find it to be useless in your study time for the CISSP?
> J. Kellerman