The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 awarded me the Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner (CISSP) certification on October 8, 2015. I had been studying for the exam for a few months, and passed the exam in mid-September.

My primary study resource was the Shon Harris CISSP Exam Guide (6th ed.). Additional study resources included study materials and presentations from my local Colorado Springs ISSA chapter (thanks, ISSA volunteers!), and sample test questions from

The test covered 8 domains (topics) of the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). A table which I created as a study aid for the “Communication and Network Security” domain is below. I’m saving it here for future reference, and perhaps someone else may find it useful:
Network Models and Protocols Chart


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