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In 2004 I certified as a CCSP, well actually back then it was called CSS1, anyway after a couple of year experience I decided that would start walking down the CCIE security path.

Cisco recommends that potential candidates have a CCSP and at least 5 years experience in IT Security, and when I made the decision back in 2006/7 to begin studying I qualified in both cases and figured this was the path for me.

The thing is, the more I studied the more I realised what I didn't know; I changed employers and began getting some practical experience with Ciscos non-security technology as routing & switching features quite heavily. After 2 years of gathering as much information as I can on both Ciscos security and basic-networking portfolio and think 2009 is the year to stop putting this off and go for it!

I've messed about with many different techniques to prepare for the CCIE SEC Written, different ideas ranging from old skool A4/A3 notebooks, to google notebook, delicious keeps a record of some good bookmarks, and I guess my Ciscoand securityblog posts count!

Meet my latest, and hopefully last plan...

See the rest of my Mind Maps

Yep, I'm mind mapping, not only that but I'm going opensource and the maps are on XMIND. The Maps are far from finished but I'm hoping that this work will not only get me up to standard but also help others, after all you can't have too many security experts!

If you have any suggestion of good revion resources, NOT testing kings or ways to cheat! Please comment and let me know.

UPDATE: Forgot to post that the .xmind file is also in my dropbox :)

rgds,

Nick

 
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