Information Security is all about staying informed. And the CISSP is no exception. If you’re not reading then you’re falling behind. When you take the CISSP Boot Camp course from InfoSec you will receive a copy of Shon Harris’s CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition – Hardcover (Jan. 15, 2010). There are also a few other books which I have on my bookshelf and you should consider for your own personal library. Information Security Management Handbook, Sixth Edition ((ISC)² Press) – Hardcover (May 14, 2007) by Harold F. Tipton and Micki Krause, Information Security Management Handbook, Sixth Edition, Volume 2 – Hardcover (Mar. 17, 2008) by Harold F. Tipton and Micki Krause, and Information Security Management Handbook, Sixth Edition, Volume 3 – Hardcover (June 24, 2009) by Harold F. Tipton and Micki Krause.

Yes, I know some of these are expensive, but here’s my rationale. The annual (ISC)² Harold F. Tipton Award recognizes an individuals life-long contributions to the improvement of the information security profession. The award’s namesake is a security industry pioneer and (ISC)² co-founder and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) education director. So if he is responsible for CISSP education it makes sense that the information you need to be successful in information security and to pass the CISSP exam will come from his books. So go buy volume 1 and start reading. And yes, I know there are over 3,000 pages in volume 1. So read 50 a day and you’ll be done in 2 months.  Then you can move on to Volume 2.

In the coming weeks, I will be looking at each individual Domain within CISSP and will be sharing some additional reading material with you. Also, check out Skillset’s collection of free CISSP practice questions.