Essential CISSP Exam Guide: Updated for the 2018 CISSP Body of Knowledge

Narrated by: Phil Martin
Length: 17 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

The CISSP certification is the gold standard for security professionals, but ISC2‘s official study guide is anything but easy to read. Many books have tried to simplify this but fail to leave behind the $100 words and run-on sentences. An update to the original Simple CISSP book, Essential CISSP Exam Guide takes the entire official study guide and breaks it down into easy-to-absorb chapters with simple language. Tons of examples are included to drive the points home in a way that makes it effortless to remember. This Second Edition has been updated for the 2018 CISSP Body of Knowledge, and covers all 10 domains:   

  • Security and Risk Management  
  • Asset Security Security  
  • Architecture and Engineering  
  • Communication and Network Security  
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)  
  • Security Assessment and Testing  
  • Security Operations  
  • Software Development Security   

Please note that chapters may not have a descriptive name as displayed on your mobile device - this is limitation of the publishing platform. However, each chapter will always start with the title being read aloud, so it should be fairly simple to scan through chapters when you wish to revisit a subject.

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Great descriptions of somewhat dry content

If you're studying already, you know there's a TON to the CISSP. Great to listen to in the car and in free time to reinforce other study materials. The way he breaks down lists makes it easy to follow without having to take notes to break it down. Great study asset.

Editing review because there is not a PDF listed to download as mentioned.

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Study Supplement

Don't let the quality of audio stop you from purchasing this book if you are looking for a decent study supplement. The audio quality is poor as some other reviewers have previously stated but it is tolerable. The content that Phil provides is excellent and I would have rated this book at 5 stars had the audio quality been better.

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excellent content and entertaining as a bonus!

I listened to this book in preparation for the CompTIA exam (yes, not the exam it was intended for) - very helpful with a lot of great examples.... great for someone like me who is a novice in the field. Besides all of that, the author has a sense of humor that made me laugh aloud a number of times and really lightened the mood for serious study. I recommend this book highly!

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Not sure what others heard

Not sure what everyone else heard.This was terrible. Very dry. No way to focus on chapter topics because everything is just called chapter.

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Audible not a good format for this book

I listened to this each day I commuted to work to prep for my CISSP exam. Did I hear it all? Yes. Did I tune a lot of it out? Unfortunately, that too is a yes. This was a very dry delivery of a very dry, yet informative book. Basically, it felt like someone reading me a dictionary. But I have to give it at least two stars because somehow I learned more than I ever wanted to know about fire suppression systems.

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good overview to listen to while working

this is a good audio book to listen to for overview and help get down CISSP concepts.

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Too Much Background Noise

This audio has too much background noise. The ringing noise distracted me from finishing the book.

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I’d like more memorable treatment on all of the acronyms

I’d like more memorable treatment on all of the acronyms. It’s only as a career IT professional that has made me ready to understand what’s going on in this book. This book alone does not prepare to serve as a CISSP; perhaps pass the test, I don’t know yet.

I do appreciate that the scope of the test subjects are laid out.

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Sounds horrible

The audio quality of this recording is really tinny. It sounds like it was recorded with a built-in laptop mic. It’s bad enough that it’s hard to understand when there’s any kind of ambient noise. There are also a number of bad edits where a sentence is chopped in half.

It’s hard for me to judge the actual content given this, but I do wish there were more examples. The content feels like a list of terms to memorize at times.

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Chapter Labeling

The lack of chapter labeling really bothers when trying to study from this book. Please Label

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  • 04-15-19

Please add chapter titles, book suffers without.

Like the content and book alot but the lack of any chapter titles is a big problem. Not being able to quickly skip through to the sections or chapters that are of interest or require more study is really quite ridiculous. All the effort that must have gone into writing and reading this book is let down by such a simple thing. Please retrospectively fix this issue.

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  • Gary N.
  • 11-20-18

Good in addition to other study material

This is great for travelling etc. I use it in conjunction with other study material, and I regularly listen back, and it helps embed the information. I wish there was a better indicator or description on the chapter index/table of content, so you can align objectives to particular sections.

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  • Vince P.
  • 04-02-20

Great accompaniment to learning materials

I found this book really helpful for driving home some of the concepts. There is a lot to learn and it is a long book, so be prepared to spend some time really listening, and re-listening. It is narrated by the author and I think he does a great job. Definitely one of my best purchases.