My thoughts on the new official CISSP book April 15th 2018 and discounts on my practice tests.

I just finished looking at the new version of the official CISSP book from the April 15th 2018 curriculum revision (It is available now on amazon for kindle, hard copy available early/mid may).
The updates are even less than we initially thought, we expected 3-5% change and it is actually less than 1%.
I still would not buy it as a student, IF I already had the previous version.
To reflect the changes I have updated some of my practice questions and all my CISSP test courses are available for only $9.99 per course.
Chose the set that best compliments your study approach, both sets are based on the same unique 1,000 questions.
 
Set 1 is made to emulate the CISSP exam, there are 4 test courses with 2 full 125 questions in each.
 
Set 2 is based on the CISSP CBK knowledge areas, there are also 4 tests with 2 CBK domains each. Domain 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.
CISSP certification practice questions Domain 1 & 2
CISSP certification practice questions Domain 3 & 4
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CISSP certification practice questions Domain 5 & 6
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CISSP certification practice questions Domain 7 & 8
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I hope I can help you get certified,

Thor

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Cybersecurity Tech Accord

The Cybersecurity Tech Accord is a public commitment among 34 global companies to protect and empower civilians online and to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace.

Signing pledge to fight cyberattacks, 34 leading companies promise equal protection for customers worldwide

Companies across every layer of internet communication vow to defend against misuse of their technology; promise to protect all customers regardless of nationality, geography or attack motivation.

REDMOND, Wash. — April 17, 2018 — On Tuesday, 34 global technology and security companies signed a Cybersecurity Tech Accord, a watershed agreement among the largest-ever group of companies agreeing to defend all customers everywhere from malicious attacks by cybercriminal enterprises and nation-states. The 34 companies include ABB, Arm, Cisco, Facebook, HP, HPE, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, and Trend Micro, and together represent operators of technologies that power the world’s internet communication and information infrastructure.

“The devastating attacks from the past year demonstrate that cybersecurity is not just about what any single company can do but also about what we can all do together.” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “This tech sector accord will help us take a principled path towards more effective steps to work together and defend customers around the world.”

The companies made commitments in four areas.

Stronger defense
The companies will mount a stronger defense against cyberattacks. As part of this, recognizing that everyone deserves protection, the companies pledged to protect all customers globally regardless of the motivation for attacks online.

No offense
The companies will not help governments launch cyberattacks against innocent citizens and enterprises, and will protect against tampering or exploitation of their products and services through every stage of technology development, design and distribution.

Capacity building
The companies will do more to empower developers and the people and businesses that use their technology, helping them improve their capacity for protecting themselves. This may include joint work on new security practices and new features the companies can deploy in their individual products and services.

Collective action
The companies will build on existing relationships and together establish new formal and informal partnerships with industry, civil society and security researchers to improve technical collaboration, coordinate vulnerability disclosures, share threats and minimize the potential for malicious code to be introduced into cyberspace.

The companies may have adhered to some or all of these principles prior to the accord, or may have adhered without a public commitment but this agreement represents a public shared commitment to collaborate on cybersecurity efforts. The Tech Accord remains open to consideration of new private sector signatories, large or small and regardless of sector, who are trusted, have high cybersecurity standards and will adhere unreservedly to the Accord’s principles.

“The real world consequences of cyber threats have been repeatedly proven. As an industry, we must band together to fight cybercriminals and stop future attacks from causing even more damage,” said Kevin Simzer, Chief Operating Officer, Trend Micro.

The victims of cyberattacks are businesses and organizations of all sizes, with economic losses expected to reach $8 trillion by 2022.* Recent cyberattacks have caused small businesses to shutter their doors, hospitals to delay surgeries and governments to halt services, among other disruptions and safety risks.

The Tech Accord will help to protect the integrity of the one trillion connected devices we expect to see deployed within the next 20 years,” said Carolyn Herzog, General Counsel, Arm. “It aligns the resources, expertise and thinking of some of the world’s most important technology companies to help to build a trusted foundation for technology users who will benefit immensely from a more security connected world.”

Companies that signed the accord plan to hold their first meeting during the security-focused RSA Conference taking place in San Francisco, and will focus on capacity building and collective action. Future actions may include jointly developed guidelines or broadly deployed features, as well as information sharing and partnering to combat specific threats to make the online world a safer place for people and businesses everywhere — and uphold the promise and benefit technology offers society.

 


* Losses are cumulative over five year, 2017 – 2022. James Moar; Juniper Research: The Future of Cybercrime & Security: Enterprise Threats & Mitigation 2017-2022 (April 25, 2017); https://www.juniperresearch.com/researchstore/innovation-disruption/cybercrime-security/enterprise-threats-mitigation

https://cybertechaccord.org/

 

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Polyverse raises $2 million to stop cyberattackers in their tracks

Alexander Gounares
Alexander Gounares

A Seattle area startup by the name of Polyverse believes it has developed new technology to stop cyberattackers in their tracks, and it has raised $2 million in fresh funding to protect organizations’ server and cloud applications from end-to-end.

The funding follows a $1 million round last summer. Polyverse is led by Alex Gounares, who previously served as CTO of AOL and corporate vice president at Microsoft. Prior to starting Polyverse, Gounares was CEO of Concurix Corporation, which he sold earlier this year to San Mateo, Calif.-based Strongloop in a deal of undisclosed size.

Kirkland-based Polyverse uses what it calls “moving target defense” to prevent cyberattacks, storing data in an array of containers instead of storing millions of records in a few databases. The company claims this system “completely undermines the economics of cybercrime,” making it so “cyberthieves must endlessly rethink their attack strategies.”

Polyverse also says the the technology — which integrates with existing hardware and software systems — self heals, creating new containers in a method that’s similar to wiping a hard disk.

Containers are continuously created from last known good state and put into use servicing requests,” the company writes in a white paper. “After a brief time (typically five seconds), containers are then garbage collected. Any malware that may have been inserted is thus automatically removed. Among other advantages, this makes it far more difficult for cyberattackers to execute advanced-persistent-threat (APT) attacks.

SpringRock Ventures led the round, with SpringRock’s Kirsten Morbeck noting in a release that “Polyverse has an exceptional team building on a paradigm shift in cybersecurity.” Polyverse employs just under 20 people.

Source: www.geekwire.com/2016/polyverse-raises-2-million-stop-cyberattackers-tracks/

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CISSP Practice question #200

We are implementing governance standard and control frameworks focused on internal risk analysis. What should we implement?
A: COBIT.
B: ITIL.
C: COSO.
D: FRAP

CBK 1: Security and Risk Management
Source: ThorTeaches.com practice tests

Answer


D: FRAP (Facilitated Risk Analysis Process) analyses one business unit, application or system at a time in a roundtable brainstorm with internal employees. Impact analyzed, Threats and Risks Prioritized.

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CISSP Practice question #199

Which of these are not considered useful in authentication?
A: Something you are.
B: Something you know.
C: Something you believe.
D: Something you have.

CBK 1: Security and Risk Management
Source: ThorTeaches.com practice tests

Answer


C: Something you know – Type 1 Authentication (passwords, pass phrase, PIN etc.). Something you have – Type 2 Authentication (ID, Passport, Smart Card, Token, cookie on PC etc.). Something you are – Type 3 Authentication (and Biometrics) (Fingerprint, Iris Scan, Facial geometry etc.). Somewhere you are – Type 4 Authentication (IP/MAC Address). Something you do – Type 5 Authentication (Signature, Pattern unlock).

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CISSP Practice question #198

Rearranging the plaintext is called?
A: Confusion.
B: Diffusion.
C: Substitution
D: Permutation.

CBK 3: Security Engineering
Source: ThorTeaches.com practice tests

Answer


D: Permutation (transposition) provides confusion by rearranging the characters of the plaintext.

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CISSP Practice question #197

Disk striping needs at least how many disks?
A: 1
B: 2
C: 3
D: 4

CBK 7: Security Operations
Source: ThorTeaches.com practice tests

Answer


B: Disk striping: Writing the data simultaneously across multiple disks providing higher write speed. Uses at least 2 disks, and in it self does not provide redundancy. We use parity with striping for the redundancy, often by XOR, if we use parity for redundancy we need at least 3 disks.

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CISSP Practice question #196

Penetration testers with full physical access to our facility has found PHI hard copies laying around which of our policies are our employees not following?
A: Clean desk policy.
B: BYOD policy.
C: Wireless policy.
D: Shred policy.

CBK 6: Security Assessment and Testing
Source: ThorTeaches.com practice tests

Answer


A: Clean desk policy requires employees to not have sensitive (or any at all) paperwork on their desks unless they are at the desk. If they are done with the paperwork they should dispose of it, if not lock it away.

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My thoughts on the April 15th CISSP curriculum updates.

TL;DR; No need to buy new study materials, the changes are 1% or less, it is just reshuffling of knowledge areas.

With the updates to the CISSP curriculum I figured I would also give my 2 cents on the updates.

The updates are mostly on the organizational side of the curriculum, and not the actual content. It is mostly renaming, reorganizing and domain weight redistribution.

As a teacher I will buy the new books as soon as they are out (they are already pre-ordered).

If I was studying for the CISSP, I probably would not buy anything to replace my old materials, the changes being 1% actual updates or less.

That really goes for any study materials: Books, videos, practice tests, pod casts, anything.
If you have the 2015 versions, buying newer versions would not help you really.

I am going to update my practice tests in early May with questions from some of the actual updates (attribute-based access control, asset management, more IOT, more AI and some standards).

Previous domain name/weight:                   New domain name/weight:

Domain 1:
Security and Risk Management – 16%        Security and Risk Management – 15%
Mostly format and name changes of content. 0-1% update on actual curriculum.

Domain 2:
Asset Security – 10%                                      Asset Security – 10%
Cryptography moved to domain 3 where it should be and smaller format and name changes of content. 0-1% update on actual curriculum.

Domain 3:
Security Engineering – 12%                            Security Architecture and Engineering – 13%
Mostly format and name changes of content. 1-2% update on actual curriculum, mostly IOT and newer technologies, which are already on the exam and Cryptography being moved in from other domains.

Domain 4:
Communications and Network Security – 12%   Communication and Network Security – 14%
Cryptography moved to domain 3 where it should be and smaller format and name changes of content. 0-1% update on actual curriculum.

Domain 5:
Identity and Access Management – 13%         Identity and Access Management (IAM) – 13%
Mostly format and name changes of content. 0-1% update on actual curriculum.

Domain 6:
Security and Assessment Testing – 11%           Security Assessment and Testing – 12%
Mostly format and name changes of content. 0-1% update on actual curriculum.

Domain 7:
Security Operations – 16%                                 Security Operations – 13%
Mostly format and name changes of content. 0-1% update on actual curriculum.

Domain 8:
Software Development Security – 10%              Software Development Security – 10%
Mostly format and name changes of content. 0-1% update on actual curriculum.

If you have any questions about the upcoming changes feel free to post on this thread.

I hope I can help you get certified,

Thor

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CISSP Practice question #195

Which agile software development uses a master?
A: XP.
B: Scrum.
C: Spiral.
D: Sashimi.

CBK 8: Software Development Security
Source: ThorTeaches.com practice tests

Answer


B: Scrum master: Facilitates and accountable for removing impediments to the ability of the team to deliver the product goals and deliverables. Not a traditional team lead or project manager but acts as a buffer between the team and any distracting influences. The scrum master ensures that the Scrum framework is followed.

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