International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)²

Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)


Credential: Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  ANAB (ANSI) resource
Credentialing Agency: International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)²

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)², Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) is an intermediate skill level certification for individuals involved in network and systems security administration responsible for developing the information security policies, standards, and procedures. Candidates manage implementation across various hardware and software programs in their organization. The SSCP is targeted toward those working towards positions such as Network Security Engineers, Security Systems Analysts, or Security Administrators. It is also appropriate for personnel in other non-security disciplines that require an understanding of security but do not have information security as a primary part of their job description, including information systems auditors; application programmers; system, network and database administrators; business unit representatives, and systems analysts. Candidates must meet work experienve requirements to be eligible for the SSCP exam. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)²

311 Park Place Blvd
Suite 400
Clearwater, FL  33759

Phone: (866) 331-4722

Fax: (703) 356-7977
Email: membersupport@isc2.org

Candidate must have a minimum of one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the SSCP.

A one year prerequisite pathway will be granted for a candidate who received a degree (bachelors or masters) in a cybersecurity program.

The Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must subscribe to the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 Code of Ethics.
  • Individuals who pass a SSCP exam must have their qualifications endorsed by another (ISC2) credential holder.

Written Exam

  • Access Controls (16%)
    • Implement and maintain authentication methods
    • Support internetwork trust architectures
    • Participate in the identity management lifecycle
    • Implement access controls
  • Security Operations and Administration (15%)
    • Comply with codes of ethics
    • Understand security concepts
    • Document, implement, and maintain functional security controls
    • Participate in asset management
    • Implement security controls and assess compliance
    • Participate in change management
    • Participate in security awareness and training
    • Participate in physical security operations (e.g., data center assessment, badging)
  • Risk Identification, Monitoring, and Analysis (15%)
    • Understand the risk management process
    • Perform security assessment activities
    • Operate and maintain monitoring systems (e.g., continuous monitoring)
    • Analyze monitoring results
  • Incident Response and Recovery (13%)
    • Support incident lifecycle
    • Understand and support forensic investigations
    • Understand and support Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) activities
  • Cryptography (10%)
    • Understand fundamental concepts of cryptography
    • Understand reasons and requirements for cryptography
    • Understand and support secure protocols
    • Understand Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems
  • Network and Communications Security (16%)
    • Understand and apply fundamental concepts of networking
    • Understand network attacks and countermeasures (e.g., DDoS, man-in-the-middle, DNS poisoning)
    • Manage network access controls
    • Manage network security
    • Operate and configure network-based security devices
    • Operate and configure wireless technologies (e.g., bluetooth, NFC, WiFi)
  • Systems and Application Security (15%)
    • Identify and analyze malicious code and activity
    • Implement and operate endpoint device security
    • Operate and configure cloud security
    • Operate and secure virtual environments

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)² testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The SSCP credential must be renewed every three years by meeting continuing education requirements. All (ISC)² certifications also require an annual maintenance fee. More information on Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements and annual maintenance fees can be found on the (ISC)² website.

  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

Additional considerations for the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) include:

  • A candidate who does not have the required experience to become an SSCP may become an Associate of (ISC)² by successfully passing the SSCP examination. The Associate of (ISC)² will then have two years to earn the one year required experience.

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