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Anyone take the CISSP? How is it compared to the CISA?

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Just passed CISSP in December, took CISA in 2016. I hardly studied for the CISA after working in IT audit for a year, maybe a month of half hour a day of doing practice questions. CISSP is considerably harder. I got my masters in Cybersecurity in a program that boasted about grads passing the CISSP at a higher percentage than average and then spent 3 months reading 2 study books (All In One and the official Sybex book) and doing practice questions half hour ish a day and I still got questions on the test about things I'd never heard of and thought I failed until they handed me the paper that said I passed. I highly recommend the Cybrary lecture series to get a high level overview of the topics. As they say in those lectures the test is a mile long but an inch deep. Be prepared to spend a lot of time studying a lot of topics but don't dive deep into each topic.

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I have both. CISSP is a multi-month endeavor. The questions are a lot more memorization and applying that memorization onto a scenario (does that make sense? You gotta know the TCP/IP layers but also need to know how they function when faced with a networking scenario) so there's a lot more understanding that has to occur. I got through it with 4 years of security experience. 6 months of studying (15min/day, 5 hours every weekend).

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