Hello! I’m Luke Ahmed, a 30-something year old network security engineer from Northern Virginia, and I love my job.

Currently I’m learning about Palo Alto firewalls, and gotta say, it really is a great security device.  I started my security career learning about Checkpoint R65 – R77.30, and Cisco ASA 8.3+ (and even some IBM ISS), but learning about the Palo Alto’s granular capabilities sometimes floors me.  

Did you know that the Palo Alto can block your traffic based purely on the fact that you do not have all the latest Windows Updates??  

Pretty cool feature.

Anyway, it is an awesome time to work in information security, and I’m truly grateful to be in this field.

Why The CISSP Blog?

When I began studying, I couldn’t find any CISSP blogs.   

I mean, there were IT blogs that included some CISSP experiences.  

There were individual network security blogs that included a single post about their own CISSP experience, maybe.  

But there was no single website that just dedicated itself to CISSP material.  No study groups or CISSP communities where everyone could share their experiences.  

Just quiz engines and boot camps. 

So in 2013 I just decided to create my own place on the Internet.  The intent really was to upload my own CISSP notes, and refer to them from any computer while studying on the go.  

It was way better than lugging that giant Shon Harris book around, amirite?

That’s how I got the name Study Notes and Theory.

The “Study Notes” portion refers to the collection of my own CISSP notes in the form of posts.  The “Theory” portion was the concepts I made sure to learn from those notes.

Remember, you pass the exam knowing the concepts, not memorizing everything.

I also wanted to talk to people on a regular basis who were also studying for the CISSP, and created a Facebook study group.  As of September 4, 2016, the group has over 12,000 members, and has helped produce over 50 CISSPs worldwide.  

I am truly humbled to hear the amazing stories from some great information security professionals.  Each of them has taught me something different about jobs, experiences, and the complexities of our field.

Hopefully everything I do here makes it a little fun for you to study and pass the CISSP, that’s what makes it all worth it.

Thank you very much for visiting my website.  

Luke Ahmed, CISSP



Questions or comments?
Contact: securityengineer@studynotesandtheory.com