CPEs, PDF and your Apple iPad

I am thrilled that an increasing number of the magazines I read for continuing professional education are providing PDF versions.  This provides many benefits to the Information Security and IT professional.

  1. Less paper to handle, store or dispose of.
  2. iBooks and Good Reader save your place in the PDF.
  3. Easy to store back issues for future reference.
  4. Easy to search and make notes using your iPad.

The sources of the PDFs I read vary in their easy of access to the PDF and if you need to have an account to reach them. I download them from the source as they become available then I put them in my Dropbox.com account and open from my iPad using Good Reader a $0.99 application. Alternatively you can drop PDFs onto iTunes now and  they will sync to your iPad using the iBooks app.

Here are the magazine sources I am frequently reading.

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CISSP – Earning CPEs on your own time

I wanted to update an older topic. These days to keep your CISSP, CCE and other credentials you may have to have keep up on educational material. Also known as continuing professional education. We like to call them CPE units or simply CPEs. Here are some great sources.

The SANS Institute offers many great webcasts every month. You can even subscribe to the schedule via RSS or in an iCal compatible client. Watch for topics that you need development in or that just interest you. You are able to actually print out a CPE certificate for your records.

If you are Cisco certified here a new one. Cisco just partnered with the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology). Check out the benefits. There is a ton of online educational material for IET members. Just get your Cisco ID handy and join for a fairly reasonable membership fee.

If you are an iTunes user. There is always iTunesU. The online area of the Apple iTunes store where there are tons of University courses online.  You can probably find something suitable for CPEs either type A or B.

Lastly for now. If you want some good personal development type B CPE credits for your CISSP? I love the Manager Tools podcast. These guys know what they are talking about when it comes to management skills, handling coworkers, ethics etc. I would probably hold onto the copy of the audio file and the show notes for your records in case you get a CPE audit from ISC2.


Looking for a good way to get some CPE credits for your CISSP renewal? Here are some ideas for both type A and type B CPEs.

Type A

Sans Webcasts have great content. Add in that they keep track for you in your portal account what casts you have viewed and provide a link to download a PDF of your CPE certificate. Just make sure to enter your CISSP number in your account settings.

The Cyberspeak Podcast by a couple of computer forensics and law enforcement professionals. Great humor and always interesting content. The show lasts an hour so you can claim each show for 1 CPE under the self-study category. Just be sure to retain the MP3 file and a screen shot (or pdf) of the show description for your CPE records in case you get audited.

Type B

The Manager Tools Podcast is an awesome show on management style, development and tools. Always useful items to serve your professional development needs. Like Cyberspeak above. Keep the files and the show description for your records. Again falls under self-study (webcasts). A one hour show for 1 CPE each episode.

The Manager Tools guys have a great book list on their site. You can claim one book a year. Just be sure to retain the book for your CPE records. All their books are management and personal development so the one book each year gets you 5 CPEs toward your total.