SSCP - Systems Security Certified Practitioner
The SSCP is a security certification that demonstrates that the owner has an excellent range of knowledge in information security. This certification is not tied to a specific vendor and is related to security in general.
This certification is issued by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, known as (ISC)2. It also maintains the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CAP (Certification and Accreditation Professional) certifications.
The SSCP is geared towards individuals working hands-on with security while the CISSP is geared towards mid and senior level management.
The SSCP is broken into 7 specific areas of knowledge, known as domains in its Common Book of Knowledge (CBK). These include:
Analysis and Monitoring
Networks and Telecommunications
Risk, Response and Recovery
Security Operations and Administration
To be considered certified, the following criteria must be satisfied:
- The candidate must pay an examination fee;
- The candidate must prove that they have 1 year of professional experience in the security field, or three years and a college degree.
- The candidate must subscribe to the (ISC)2 Code of Ethics.
- The candidate must answer questions concerning criminal history and background with full explanations if needed.
- The candidate must pass the SSCP exam with a score of 700 points or greater.
- The candidate must be endorsed by an SSCP, CISSP or other professional.