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Practice Questions

  1. Lawrence, your lab manager, is preparing to buy all the equipment that has been budgeted for next year. While reviewing the specifications for several pieces of equipment, he noticed that each device has an MTTR rating. Lawrence has asked whether you can explain to him what this means. Which of the following would be the best response?

    1. The MTTR is used to determine the expected lifetime of the device.

    2. The MTTR is used to determine the expected time before repair can be completed.

    3. The MTTR is just a ratio of MTBF used to evaluate product value.

    4. The MTTR is used to determine the percentage number of backup devices needed.

  2. Which of the following would you not want to use in conjunction with a server room?

    1. Dry pipe fire control

    2. Smoke detectors

    3. Drop ceilings

    4. Surge protection

  3. You have been asked to serve as a consultant on the design of a new facility. Which of the following would you say offers the best location for the server room?

    1. Near the outside of the building

    2. Near the center of the building

    3. In an area that will have plenty of traffic where equipment can be observed by other employees and guests

    4. In an area that offers easy access

  4. Lawrence, your lab manager, is preparing to buy all the equipment that has been budgeted for next year. While reviewing the specifications for several pieces of equipment, he noticed that each device has an MTBF rating. Lawrence has asked whether you can explain to him what this means. Which of the following is the best response?

    1. The MTBF is used to determine the expected average time before failure.

    2. The MTBF is used to determine the expected time before repair is needed.

    3. The MTBF is just a ratio of MTTR used to evaluate product repair time.

    4. The MTBF is used to determine the percentage number of backup devices needed.

  5. When you're choosing the physical location for a new facility, which of the following should you not avoid?

    1. Airport flight paths

    2. Chemical refineries

    3. Railway freight lines

    4. Hospitals

  6. Which one of the following is not one of the three main types of fire detection systems?

    1. Heat sensing

    2. Flame sensing

    3. CO2 sensing

    4. Smoke sensing

  7. Above what concentrations is Halon considered toxic when inhaled?

    1. 5%

    2. 6%

    3. 10%

    4. 15%

  8. What height of fence is required to deter determined intruders?

    1. 4 ft.

    2. 6 ft.

    3. 8 ft.

    4. 12 ft.

  9. Superior Solutions, Inc., has acquired a contract for the upgrade of a local manufacturer's fire suppression system. The client has inquired as to what are suitable replacements for its Halon fire suppression system. Which of the following is not a suitable replacement?

    1. Argon

    2. Hydrogen bromide

    3. Inergen

    4. CEA-308

  10. Which of the following fire suppression methods works by removing the oxygen element?

    1. Soda acid

    2. CO2

    3. Water

    4. NO2

  11. Which of the following is the most commonly used physical deterrent?

    1. Fencing

    2. Locks

    3. CCTV

    4. Security guards

  12. Which of the following is a major drawback to the decision of using security guards as a form of physical deterrent?

    1. Schedule

    2. Salary and benefits

    3. Liability

    4. Culpability

  13. Which of the following is the best way to carry out emergency fire drills?

    1. Fire drills should be timed to correspond with company breaks.

    2. Fire drills should be a scheduled event that all employees have been advised of.

    3. Fire drills should be a random event that the employees are unaware of before the event.

    4. Fire drills are an unnecessary event that cuts into employee work time, thereby reducing productivity.

  14. Which of the following is considered the best replacement for Halon?

    1. Argon

    2. FM-200

    3. Inergen

    4. FM-300

  15. You have been placed in charge of the new semiconductor facility, and your boss is concerned about ESD. To protect sensitive equipment against damage from ESD, humidity levels should be kept between what levels?

    1. 10–20%

    2. 20–40%

    3. 40–60%

    4. 60–80%

  16. Which of the following fits in the category of a power excess?

    1. Faults and blackouts

    2. Spikes and surges

    3. Sags and brownouts

    4. Noise and EMI

  17. You have been placed in charge of a small room full of servers. Which of the following is the best protection against brownouts and temporary power loss?

    1. RAID

    2. Surge protectors

    3. UPS

    4. Voltage regulators

  18. Your manager has come to you with a question. He wants to know which of the following you, as a CISSP, would rank as the item of highest priority. How should you answer?

    1. Duty to ISC2 code of ethics

    2. Duty to protect company assets

    3. Duty to company policy

    4. Duty to public safety

  19. Which of the following is one of the two primary types of Halon used?

    1. Halon 2800

    2. Halon 1625

    3. Halon 1311

    4. Halon 1211

  20. What class of fire suppression should be used against chemical or grease fires?

    1. Class A

    2. Class B

    3. Class C

    4. Class D

  21. Which of the following fits into the category of a power loss?

    1. Blackouts

    2. Spikes and surges

    3. Brownouts

    4. Surges

  22. Which of the following heat-activated fire detection systems provides the fastest warning time?

    1. Fixed temperature

    2. Rate of rise

    3. Photo-electric

    4. Piezo-electric

  23. The absolute first requirement of computer security is which of the following?

    1. Password policy

    2. Application security

    3. Logical security

    4. Physical security

  24. Because of the upturn in business, your company has now started running a second shift. Some of the line workers have complained to your boss that it is very dark in the parking lot. He has advised you to investigate the purchase and installation of new exterior lighting. What level of illumination does NIST recommend for the lighting of critical areas?

    1. 2 candle feet of power at a height of 8 feet

    2. 2 candle feet of power at a height of 10 feet

    3. 4 candle feet of power at a height of 8 feet

    4. 4 candle feet of power at a height of 6 feet

  25. Why is Halon no longer being produced or sold?

    1. Halon has been found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.

    2. The base components in Halon are considered rare. This has resulted in a massive price increase. Other options are now much cheaper.

    3. Its use was banned because it was an ozone-depleting agent.

    4. Halon was banned because it is considered a dual-use technology that can be used in the production of weapons.

  26. Which of the following fits in the category of a power degradation?

    1. Blackouts

    2. Spikes

    3. Brownouts

    4. Surge

  27. What is a critical part of physical security?

    1. Guard dogs

    2. Layered access control

    3. Fences

    4. CCTV

  28. Which of the following statements about CCTV is not true?

    1. CCTV is a good example of a deterrent system.

    2. CCTV is a good example of an automated intrusion- detection system.

    3. CCTV is effective in deterring security violations.

    4. CCTV is a good example of a detection system.

  29. Which of the following best describes piggybacking?

    1. The act of stealing someone's access card to gain access later

    2. The act of watching over someone's shoulder in order to steal a password for later use

    3. The act of following someone through a secured door to gain unauthorized access

    4. The act of spoofing someone's identity to gain unauthorized access

  30. What class of fire suppression should be used against electrical fires, such as computers or electronic equipment?

    1. Class E

    2. Class D

    3. Class C

    4. Class B

  31. What is one of the largest drawbacks in using a dog as a physical security control?

    1. Cost

    2. Liability

    3. Investment

    4. Training

  32. Controlled humidity is important in the prevention of ESD. What level of static discharge is required for the destruction of data on hard drives?

    1. 100 static volts

    2. 500 static volts

    3. 1,000 static volts

    4. 1,500 static volts

  33. While you were consulting for TrayTec, Inc., an employee approached you with a question. Which of the following would you say is not a reason to put a raised floor in the server room?

    1. For increased airflow

    2. To allow easy access to cables

    3. To prevent damage to equipment in case of flood or water leak

    4. To isolate equipment from harmful vibrations

  34. Which of the following water suppression systems contains compressed air?

    1. Wet pipe

    2. Dry pipe

    3. Deluge system

    4. Preaction system

  35. Doors with automatic locks can serve as a good form of physical protection. These doors can be configured to respond to power outages in either a fail-safe or fail-soft condition. Which of the following describes fail-safe?

    1. If there is a loss of power, the door will automatically open.

    2. If there is a loss of power, the door will remain locked.

    3. In case of a power outage, the door has a BPS and will continue to operate normally.

    4. In case of a power outage, the door will lock but can be opened with a passkey.

  36. What is a special type of identification device that does not require action by users because they only need to pass in close proximity to it?

    1. Biometric systems

    2. Access control badges

    3. Proximity badges

    4. CCTV

  37. Which type of attack relies on the trusting nature of employees and the art of deception?

    1. Hijacking

    2. Social engineering

    3. Spoofing

    4. Deception

  38. Which of the following is not a valid fire suppression system?

    1. Wet pipe

    2. Dry pipe

    3. Reaction system

    4. Deluge system

  39. You have been hired to consult for TrayTec, a small manufacturing firm. This firm is preparing to construct a computer room. What is the recommended temperature for rooms containing computer equipment?

    1. 60–70 degrees Fahrenheit

    2. 60–75 degrees Fahrenheit

    3. 65–85 degrees Fahrenheit

    4. 70–85 degrees Fahrenheit

  40. What class of fire suppression should be used against common fires such as paper and computer printouts?

    1. Class A

    2. Class B

    3. Class C

    4. Class D

  41. Which of the following items about server rooms is incorrect?

    1. Server rooms should be designed to block even authorized IT workers, except when they have specific reasons to access equipment.

    2. Server rooms should be kept at cold temperatures.

    3. Server rooms should be designed with physical barriers on all six sides.

    4. Server rooms should not be shared with IT workers.

  42. Which of the following would be considered a gas-discharge fire extinguishing system?

    1. Wet pipe

    2. Dry pipe

    3. Flame activated sprinkler

    4. Handheld CO2 fire extinguisher

  43. What height of fence is required to deter casual intruders?

    1. 4 ft.

    2. 6 ft.

    3. 8 ft.

    4. 12 ft.

  44. Which of the following is not a valid intrusion detection system?

    1. Wave pattern

    2. Proximity detection

    3. Geometric system

    4. Acoustical system

  45. Which of the following fire suppression systems works by removing the fuel element?

    1. Soda acid

    2. CO2

    3. Water

    4. Oxygen

  46. Which of the following represents the best choice for an organization to use in case of a fire?

    1. Positive pressurization

    2. Sealed windows

    3. Negative pressurization

    4. Neutral pressurization

  47. Which of the following types of intrusion detection systems is capable of sensing changes in vibration and noise level in an area?

    1. Wave pattern

    2. Proximity detection

    3. Passive infrared system

    4. Acoustical system

  48. Doors with automatic locks can serve as a good form of physical protection. These doors can be configured to respond to power outages in either a fail-safe or a fail-soft condition. Which of the following describes fail-soft?

    1. If there is a loss of power, the door will remain unlocked.

    2. If there is a loss of power, the door will automatically open.

    3. In case of a power outage, the door has a BPS and will continue to operate normally.

    4. In case of a power outage, the door will unlock, but it can be secured with a special key.

  49. Which of the following types of intrusion detection systems is capable of sensing changes in heat waves in an area?

    1. Wave pattern

    2. Proximity detection

    3. Passive infrared system

    4. Acoustical system

  50. What class of fire suppression should be used against oil or gas fires?

    1. Class A

    2. Class B

    3. Class C

    4. Class D

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