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Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional exam passed

So, it is over … I finally managed to be able to take the exam and I passed it. Let’s see how I did it:   Study materials Official (Isc)2 Guide to the Csslp (Isc2 Press) von Mano Paul (about 500 useful pages) The CSSLP Prep Guide: Mastering the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional von Ronald L. Krutz und Alexander J. Fry von John (about 600 useful pages)   I bought both of them only because the second has tests. But I was disappointed because the same tests are in the book in printed form. Of course, with answers. And of a questionable quality. But, nevertheless, better than nothing.   Which one is better ? I don’t know… none of them would make a difference in passing the exam if you don’t have what it takes: min. 4 years experience in software development. The two books mentioned covered the chapters in two different ways: – the first one is more like a story about the topics required by the exam – the second one is very technical and descriptive. It is like a conclusion of the first one. Study time With interruptions, I started in December 2011 and I studied about 3-4 times per week (incl. weekend) in the…

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Complex passwords aren’t always better

Recently I’ve had the exam for the CompTIA Security+ Certification. While practicing for the exam, I’ve had the following question. Q:When setting password rules, which of the following will lower the level of security of a network ? A: Complex passwords that users can not remotely changed are randomly generated by the administrator and given to users Why ? Very simple, actually 🙂 Because the users will write these passwords on stickers and hang them on their monitors 🙂 So, IT guys, please make your life simpler and let the users to change the passwords. There you must definitely enforce some policies !

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The CompTIA Security+ Certification: passed

I’ve had today the exam for the CompTIA Security+ SYS-201 certification and passed it with 828 points out of 900 (min. 750 to pass it). I’ve learnt after the book The CompTIA Security+ 2008 Study Guide, 4th Edition., author Emmet Dulaney. Why this book ? It was recommended by CompTIA on their website and it was cheap 🙂 I started initially with the eBook : The CompTIA Security+ 2008 in Depth, author Mark Ciampa. Remember by posts about the posts : Not all AV software are the same” – CompTIA Security+ 2008 and Cybercriminals from Eastern Europe ? They were from that book. This is the reason for which I dumped it. About the Exam The book had not much to do with the exam… Yes, they covered more or less a part of the objectives, but very, very shallow. They barely scratched the surface. How did I pass ? Because of the previous experience with Security, reading a lot about Security and living it every day. It is a tough exam for someone who is not used to think in terms of software security. But it was fun to learn for it. And this is the last day when…

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Passed the CompTIA Project+ (2009 Objectives)

I just finished the exam CompTIA Project+ (2009 Objectives). So, I am certified IT Project Manager 😉 Number of questions: 100 Length of test: 90 minutes Passing score: 710 on a scale of 100-900 Recommended experience: One year of managing, directing or participating in small- to medium-scale projects Language: English Exam code: PK0-003 I got 822 points. I studied using Joseph Phillips ‘ book called “IT Project Management (It Project Management: On Track from Start to Finish)” About the book: It is a good book, but it is not enough to pass the exam. My feelings are a little bit mixed about the book because it contains a lot of information which is not well structured. There is a lot of talk and descriptions, which is very good, it helps you imagine the things. But, in the exam you need more than that. You need to imagine the information structured so that you can answer the questions. So, 4 stars out of 5 🙂 So, i bought the ucertify test program for this exam. It is good… but parts of it are written by non English speakers because there is a kind of “bla bla”. More info to come.

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