Join Mike Chapple for an in-depth discussion in this video Is the SSCP right for you?, part of SSCP Cert Prep: The Basics.
- Information security is the hottest specialty in the IT marketplace. As high profile security breaches make headlines, organizations around the world are scrambling to protect their information assets and stay out of the news. Hardly a day goes by that I don't hear from employers bemoaning the difficulty of finding and hiring qualified information security professionals. Even a glance at IT salary studies bears this out. IT security professionals are among the most highly-compensated staff in any organization.
The SSCP certification is a great credential for new information security professionals, and the gateway to a career in information security. Many SSCPs later go on to earn the industry's gold standard certification, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, or CISSP certification. Earning your SSCP credential is a professional journey. It won't happen overnight, but it also doesn't need to take years of arduous planning and preparation. In this course, I'll explain how you can plan your time wisely and work your way toward passing the SSCP exam.
Employers and IT professionals around the world recognize the SSCP as a strong certification program that allows candidates to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge across seven domains of information security. Earning the SSCP requires a combination of passing a rigorously-administered exam and demonstrating one-year work experience in information security. Most people attempting the SSCP exam have some experience working in the security field, but you don't need to have the experience in-hand before you take the exam.
I'll talk more about that later. The important thing to understand is that no matter where you are in your security career, you can take and pass the SSCP exam. Most candidates preparing for the exam have gaps in their knowledge. It's rare to find someone who has on-the-job experience that covers the entire SSCP curriculum, because there simply aren't many jobs that cover all seven of these domains. This series of courses will help you fill in those gaps. If you already have a year or two of information security experience, you'll have an easier time with the certification process.
Chances are that you've already built up your knowledge in a few of the domains, and you have a leg up on your studying. You'll also be ready to meet the SSCP experience requirement, and move right on to certified status after passing the exam. Many people who take the SSCP exam do so in an effort to make a career change. If you're coming from another IT specialty, or even from outside of the technology field, you can still take the SSCP exam. You might need to do a little more preparation than currently practicing information security professionals, but many people who came before you took and passed the exam without any experience.
If you're a newcomer to the field, you won't immediately qualify for certification after passing the exam, because you won't meet the one-year experience requirement. While you're waiting, (ISC)2 will award you the Associate of (ISC)2 designation. Employers will know that you have the knowledge-base required to succeed in information security, and you'll stand out from the pack of job applicants. You'll then have two years to log the required experience and upgrade your certification to full SSCP status. Are you excited? You should be, you're about to begin one of the most important journeys of your professional career.
The SSCP credential will be your stepping stone to a successful career in an exciting and rewarding field.
- Careers in information security
- Benefits of SSCP certification
- SSCP domains
- Question types
- Exam tips
- Continuing education requirements