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The (ISC)2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) is a terrific entry-level information security certification, and it is the ideal precursor for the much sought after Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). The SSCP certification focuses on seven (7) Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) domains:
- Access Controls
- Security Operations and Administration
- Risk Identification, Monitoring, and Analysis
- Incident Response, and Recovery
- Networks and Communications Security
- Systems and Applications Security
Here’s what you need to know about the exam itself:
- Number of questions – 125
- Time limit – 180 minutes (3 hours)
- Passing score – 700 or higher (on a scale of 0-1000)
- Prerequisites – one (1) year of security experience
- Cost – $250 USD
- Certification is maintained by earning sixty (60) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits over a three (3) year period
Check out current SSCP job opportunities:
SSCP Certification Study Guides
We published an SSCP study guide here on IT Security Career to help you get started.
When you're ready to dig in and prepare for the (ISC)2 SSCP exam, check out the following resources:
|1||SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner All-in-One Exam Guide, 2nd Edition
Beginner, hardcover, 480 pages
From Amazon: "Thoroughly revised for the April 2015 exam update, SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition enables you to take the exam with complete confidence. To aid in self-study, each chapter includes Exam Tips that highlight key exam information, chapter summaries that reinforce salient points, and end-of-chapter questions that are an accurate reflection of the content and question format of the real exam.
Beyond exam prep, the practical examples and real-world insights offered in this guide make it an ideal on-the-job reference for IT security professionals. You will learn the security concepts, tools, and procedures needed to employ and enforce solid security policies and effectively react to security incidents."
|2||The Official (ISC) 2 Guide to the SSCP CBK, 4th Edition
Beginner, hardcover, 928 pages
From Amazon: "Produced by (ISC)2 and provides an in-depth look at the seven domains of the SSCP Common Body of Knowledge - includes real-world examples, illustrations and diagrams, tables, best practices, and techniques on Access Controls, Security Operations and Administration, Risk Identification, Monitoring and Analysis, Incident Response and Recovery, Cryptography, Network and Communications Security, and Systems and Application Security topics."
|3||SSCP (ISC)2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner Official Study Guide
Beginner, paperback, 576 pages
From Amazon: "Produced in partnership with (ISC)2 and covers 100% of the April 2015 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) Exam - includes access to real-world examples, hands-on exercises, custom practice exams with 125 sample questions, more than 100 flashcards, and searchable key term glossary."
|4||SSCP (ISC)2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner Official Study Guide and SSCP CBK Kit
Beginner, hardcover & paperback set, 1504 pages
From Amazon: "Includes full-length versions of the SSCP (ISC)2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner Official Study Guide and The Official (ISC)2 Guide to the SSCP CBK along with access to real-world examples, hands-on exercises, custom practice exams, sample questions, flashcards, and searchable key term glossary."
Click here to visit the (ISC)2 SSCP website.