PASS the CISA Exam with the 3rd Edition

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book covered 2016 material.

on January 13, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
I took the December 2016 CISA exam and passed. Only thing I used was this book. A friend I know used official ISACA manual and question bank, and failed.
on February 21, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is incredibly well written, very well laid out and, most importantly, in a logical progression and manner. I ended up supplementing this book with a 5 day boot camp and, if we’re being honest, the bootcamp was just redundant. This book would have been all I needed.

Took the exam in December, and scored in the top 20% of all test takers on the first go, in spite of my background having more to do with suppressing rebel scum than auditing.

on March 24, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So far I like this book. I read it on my ride to and from work, on a bus. Ours easy to read and retain. I take the class next month. I think I’ll be well prepared!

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How to Turn Your Bedtime Stories into Printed Books

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Sometimes we approach a project through a side door, rather than through the traditional one. This simple project was born out of mother-love for my children, and my habit of telling them tales. For years my kids have asked me to publish this particular story, about a bored little boy who goes out to play and discovers an underworld when he is pulled into a mole hill.
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My niece reading my book to her daughter

My son is getting married in four weeks, so I thought now was the time to get it done. I hired an illustrator, had the book printed, and it was in my living room during a family gathering that I hosted yesterday. It was tested and approved by a two, and a four, year old.
These are the steps I followed to get one of my bedtime stories printed, asap. You can do it, too.
  1. Outline your story, or use a storyboard app. to lay your story out. Here’s a free one. 
  2. Hire an illustrator. I used, and got 8-10 illustrations for $85.
  3. Use or Choose whatever book layout fits your story, then upload your text and illustrations.
  4. Order your book. Done.


ADVANTAGES TO THIS METHOD (as opposed to self-publishing)

  • Expedience and simplicity
  • Less skill required
  • A keepsake you might otherwise never have



  • You can make your book available to others, for purchase, on Snapfish and Shutterfly, but it may be more expensive than self-publishing.
  • Your book won’t be available in any other form but what the above services offer
  • Your book will not be available to the general public, and would be more difficult to market. If marketing to the masses is your goal, I wouldn’t recommend this method.

Pushing a Kindle Book to the Top

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This week I had the pleasure of watching an eBook slam Amazon during its 5-day promo. While a new author might be lucky to have 500 total downloads, during the entire promo, this book topped over 3,000. The below images are actual snapshots the author provided of her Amazon report.Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 4.42.24 PM

BeckHart Author Branding contributed marketing strategies on 4/29, resulting in the biggest day for downloads, but this book made our job easy. Having a stellar title, up-to-date well presented material, and timely content, all contributed to the stars being perfectly aligned.

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Having a background in an employment agency, BeckHart Author Branding also previewed the book and gladly provided a Review on Amazon. We knew it had the right stuff. To top it off, the author provides an online course that accompanies the book (offered by Teachable, details in the book).

Job hunting is stressful and most people don’t like it. Presenting a well thought out, eye catching resume, that puts you in the best possible light, is a great place to start. Grab a copy today, and get to work polishing that resume. You will be happy you did.

For further career assistance, visit Jayna’s Career Cafe.

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Bad Advice on How to Pass the CISSP Exam

I read an article this morning. It was ridiculously long. I was scrolling and scrolling and scrolling, not through advice on how to pass the CISSP exam, as the title promised, but actual CISSP content and a lot of it. That’s not advice on how to pass the exam. It was content about what the CISSP certification is, mixed with the steps on how to take the exam. It was completely overwhelming and off-topic to its title.

To make things worse, the recommended books were outdated, which is a big no-no in the technology world.

Lest you think I’m biased toward my author’s book, let’s examine the facts.

The CISSP for Dummies book:

  • Is going into 5th edition, because it sells
  • Has the latest updates regarding the CISSP exam
  • Is (ISC)2 approved
  • Has awesome reviews and ranks well

Our step-by-step guide on how to pass the CISSP exam

Complete with

  • where to find the outline
  • where to find the latest study guide
  • where to register
  • how to find a test center
  • where to find a study group.



Step 1   Download the outline here. Scroll down. Page appears empty at the top.

Step 2   Purchase or rent a study guide.

CISSP For Dummies, 5E copy


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Step 3

Study, study, study.

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Step 4

Find a test center.

Step 5

Schedule your exam here.

Pass, then celebrate.

Source: How to Pass the Test

InfoSec Careers Are Still in Top Jobs List

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If you’ve watched the news this year, then you probably have a good idea how important this No. 8 job is for companies and the government. These analysts plan and monitor the security of computer networks, and the occupations should grow 36.5 percent by 2022.

Based on our personal knowledge, and association with this industry, we can say that while other industries were experiencing layoffs and unemployment, this industry was not.

If you know someone who is looking for a career change, or you know a young person trying to decide on a career path, we highly recommend jobs in information security.

Start Here

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ISC2 Security Congress Event

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Peter H. Gregory, speaking at the (ISC)² Security Congress in Orlando, FL, Orange County Convention Center.

Sept. 12-15

Visit the website for early bird pricing!

CISSP; No Longer 10 Domains

Now 8 Domains instead of 10

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Get CISSP for Dummies; 5th Edition for the latest updates.

Pre-order for April publication, of the latest updates of the CISSP certification. 

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Padding Your Resume

Padding Your Resume.

2nd Editions Are So Much Easier

CISSP Book Published Today

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It’s always a lot of work when it comes to writing a book but when a book goes into the next edition, that’s when it gets exciting! That means the book sold well and the information is still relevant but another edition allows the author to add updated material.

What is a CISSP Certification?

CISSP® certification is a globally recognized standard of achievement that confirms an individual’s knowledge in the field of information security. CISSPs are information assurance professionals who define the architecture, design, management and/or controls that assure the security of business environments. It was the first certification in the field of information security to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024. To learn more about how to enhance your career with a CISSP certification, visit:




How Did You Get an InfoSec Job?

BeckHart Author Branding™, on behalf of best selling technology author, Peter H. Gregory, is currently looking for stories to include in the upcoming book, Getting an Information Security Job for Dummies.

  • Did you move from IT?
  • Did you come from an Armed Forces background?
  • Did you go to a technical college?
  • Did you start so long ago you just sort of grew into the position?

We’d love to hear your story! If we use your story in the book, your anonymity will be protected and look something like this:

“I had been a Boeing programmer for years and got bored with it. I took some classes, and did some great networking there, which led me to my job in Information Security. I love the challenge and learn something new everyday. Now, I’m never bored!”  John D.


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