In this video, Marc Menninger describes the SSCP certification. Learn how this certification can be important to your IT security career. Discover topics you can expect to see on the exam and if there are any experience requirements to take it. Explore which jobs often require the SSCP certification and resources to help you prepare for it.
- [Instructor] The Systems Security Certified Practitioner or SSCP certification offered by ISC squared validates your knowledge of authentication, intrusion detection prevention, incident response and recovery, threats and vulnerabilities, cryptography, malicious code countermeasures, and more. The SSCP is similar enough to the Security+ certification offered by CompTIA that some employers will accept the SSCP in place of the Security+. To take the SSCP exam requires a minimum of one year of cumulative, paid, full-time work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the SSCP common body of knowledge, or CBK.
If you don't have the required experience, you can still take the exam and become an associate of ISC squared until you have the required experience. The seven domains of the SSCP CBK and topics you'll be tested on in the exam include access controls, security operations and administration, risk identification, monitoring and analysis, incident response and recovery, cryptography, networks and communications security, and systems and applications security. IT security job listings that often require the SSCP certification include IT security specialists, analysts, consultants, administrators, and architects.
While there are many written resources to choose from, these three books thoroughly cover the most recent version of the exam, and have been well-received by the security community. The core content of each is fairly similar, so writing style and additional resources can help you select one that's right for you. The Official ISC squared Guide to the SSCP CBK is a comprehensive guide into the seven domains covered on the exam. SSCP ISC squared Systems Security Certified Practitioner Official Study Guide includes a 150-question practice exam and 100 electronic flash cards.
And the SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner All-in-One Exam Guide includes two full-length practice exams and a searchable PDF copy of the book. You also might find the Official ISCP squared Interactive Flash Cards to be another helpful resource. For links to these resources, and other related information, please see the handout for this video. Once you have the SSCP certification, it's valid for three years. You can retain it for longer by obtaining 60 CPEs every three years.
Check the ISC squared website for more details about getting CPEs. The SSCP certification is a great way to demonstrate your understanding of important technical security concepts.
Marc closes with a few pieces of career advice specific to the world of information security, which will help you succeed in this dynamic and high-demand industry.
- IT security key concepts
- Understanding the job marketplace (government vs. healthcare, etc.)
- IT security success traits
- Career specializations
- IT security certifications
- Getting experience
- Marketing yourself