REVIEW: "The CISSP Prep Guide Gold Edition", Ronald L. Krutz/Russell Dean Vines

From: Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor (
Date: 02/12/03

From: (Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor)
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 15:52:00 GMT


"The CISSP Prep Guide Gold Edition", Ronald L. Krutz/Russell Dean
Vines, 2003, 0=471-26802-X, U$80.00/C$124.50/UK#59.50
%A Ronald L. Krutz
%A Russell Dean Vines
%C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
%D 2003
%G 0=471-26802-X
%I John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
%O U$80.00/C$124.50/UK#59.50 416-236-4433 fax: 416-236-4448
%P 944 p. + CD-ROM
%T "The CISSP Prep Guide Gold Edition"

I happened to notice, in the preparation of this review, that a
certain online bookstore has a special in relation to this title. You
can buy it, along with the "Advanced CISSP Prep Guide: Exam Q & A" for
a price slightly less than that of the two volumes together. Pity
those who take the bookstore up on their offer: this volume is nothing
more than "The CISSP Prep Guide" (cf. BKCISPPG.RVW) and "Advanced
CISSP Prep Guide: Exam Q & A" (cf. BKADCIPG.RVW) bound together.

The authors have done some updating: there are, for example, a few
additional pages of material on wireless security. The authors have
improved their coverage of the Common Criteria--by reprinting the
explanation that is provided on the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST) website.

Overall, however, the same comments appropriate to Krutz and Vines'
original books still apply, so what I said was, for those studying for
the CISSP exam, this book does provide a guide to the topics to be
covered. If you are confident that you know more than the book at
every point, you should be in good shape to sit the exam: if not, you
will have to get help somewhere else. If you are studying for another
security course, or are a security professional, this work will not
have much to offer you. This volume may give you a somewhat better
idea of the types of questions you may encounter, for the CISSP exam.
As preparation for the exam, however, it will both scare you
unnecessarily and fail to prepare you fully.

copyright, Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKCIPGGE.RVW 20030130

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