I've been a member of the ITPro.TV community for some time, but this is my first time posting in the forums. I also apologize in advance if this post is lengthy. I am a transitioning Air Force veteran with 8 years experience as a technical leader in nuclear command and control and quality assurance. I am drawn to the technical leadership opportunities that exist in the cybersecurity community and I am pursuing a transition to the information security industry. I have tackled this on two fronts: academic education and personal education.
Academically, I was admitted to Norwich University’s Masters in Information Security and Assurance program. I have been taking classes for the past year and have a perfect GPA. My focus is on vulnerability management, and thus far I have taken classes on risk management, information security fundamentals, and information security technology. That last class used “Computer Security: Principles and Practice,” which went deep into each of the CISSP CBK domains.
Personally, over the past year, I have taken preparation courses for the A+, Net+, and Sec+, but my goal has always been the CISSP. I know that I might not have the experience to outright gain the CISSP after passing the test, but I at least want to gain the Associate of ISC2 designation.
All of this is background to my question. I plan on sitting for the CISSP exam in mid-April 2018. I have already watched the entirety of the ITPro.TV CISSP content, and plan on reviewing that content in January. I am also studying the CISSP Official Study Guide and will read through other study guides as well (Eleventh Hour CISSP, CISSP in 21 Days, CISSP for Dummies). I regularly take practice exams through Transcender and in the different study guides and I perform above 75% on average.
Based on this information, is there anything else that I can do to prepare over the next five months? Do the Transcender exams that we take through here translate well to what we will see on the exam? I know that there is a tough road ahead, but I have really enjoyed the subject matter so far and I seem to be gaining the necessary knowledge to succeed in the future. Thanks for your help!