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SSCP – The Premier Security Administrator Certification

Become an SSCP – Systems Security Certified Practitioner

Earning a globally recognized advanced security administration and operations certification like the SSCP is a great way to grow your career and better secure your organization’s critical assets.

SSCP certification demonstrates you have the advanced technical skills and knowledge to implement, monitor and administer IT infrastructure using security best practices, policies and procedures established by the cybersecurity experts at (ISC)².

Prove your skills, advance your career, and gain the support of a community of cybersecurity leaders here to help you throughout your career.

Interested in SSCP certification for your team? Learn more about (ISC)² Enterprise Solutions.

Free SSCP Ultimate Guide

Learn everything you need to know about preparing for the SSCP exam, including:

  • Why you should get certified
  • SSCP Fast Facts
  • What to expect on the exam
  • How to prepare for the exam
  • Value of (ISC)² certification

Your Pathway to Certification

Who Earns the SSCP?

The SSCP is ideal for IT administrators, managers, directors and network security professionals responsible for the hands-on operational security of their organization’s critical assets, including those in the following positions:

  • Network Security Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Security Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Security Consultant/Specialist
  • Security Administrator
  • Systems/Network Analyst
  • Database Administrator
 

Is the SSCP Right for You?

The SSCP isn’t the best IT certification option for everyone. Before you start down your certification path, make sure you aren’t missing an opportunity to pursue a certification more aligned with your immediate career goals.

Our broad portfolio of ANSI-accredited security certifications, include:

 

What will You Need to Know to Pass the SSCP Exam?

The SSCP exam evaluates your expertise across seven security domains. Think of the domains as topics you need to master based on your professional experience and education.

SSCP Domains

  • Domain 1. Access Controls
  • Domain 2. Security Operations and Administration
  • Domain 3. Risk Identification, Monitoring and Analysis
  • Domain 4. Incident Response and Recovery
  • Domain 5. Cryptography
  • Domain 6. Network and Communications Security
  • Domain 7. Systems and Application Security

Download the SSCP Exam Outline for a deeper dive into the SSCP domains:
SSCP – English, SSCP – Japanese, SSCP – Portuguese

For a complete list of acronyms and terms you may encounter during your (ISC)² exam, reference the translated (ISC)² Certification Acronym and (ISC)² Certification Terms glossaries.

Register for Your SSCP Exam

Don’t wait. If you’re ready to pursue the SSCP certification, commit yourself now by registering for the exam.

Schedule your exam by creating an account with Pearson VUE, the leading provider of global, computer-based testing for certification and licensure exams. You can find details on testing locations, policies, accommodations and more on their website.

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Get SSCP Training that's Right for You

With self-paced or instructor-led online and classroom courses, (ISC)² has a training option to fit your schedule and learning style. Trainings, seminars, courseware and self-study aids directly from (ISC)² or one of our many Official Training Providers help you get ready for the SSCP exam by reviewing relevant domains and topics. Visit the (ISC)² Training Finder to register for the course that best meets your needs, including:

 

 

(ISC)² Self-Study Tools Keep Your Skills Sharp

Studying on your own or looking for a supplement to your seminar courseware? Check out our official self-study tools:

  • Official textbooks: What you need to know to be successful and review relevant domains.
  • Official study guides: Strengthen your knowledge in a specific domain and get in more exam practice time.
  • Official study app: Prepare for the SSCP exam anytime, anywhere.
  • Official practice tests: Take full practice tests.
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Gain the Necessary Work Experience

To qualify for this cybersecurity certification, you must pass the exam and have at least one year of cumulative, paid work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the (ISC)² SSCP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).

Learn more about SSCP Experience Requirements and how a one-year prerequisite pathway is available for candidates who receive a degree (bachelor’s or masters) in a cybersecurity program.

Don’t have enough experience yet? You can still pass the SSCP exam and become an Associate of (ISC)² while you earn the required work experience.

Complete the Endorsement Process

Once you receive notification informing you that you have successfully passed the exam, you can start the online endorsement process. This process attests that your assertions regarding professional experience are true and that you are in good standing within the cybersecurity industry.

Agree to the (ISC)² Code of Ethics

All information security professionals who are certified by (ISC)² recognize that such certification is a privilege that must be both earned and maintained. All (ISC)² members are required to commit to fully support (ISC)² Code of Ethics Canons:

  • Protect society, the common good, necessary public trust and confidence, and the infrastructure.
  • Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.
  • Provide diligent and competent service to principles.
  • Advance and protect the profession.

Join A Global Community Of Cybersecurity Leaders

Once you are certified and become an (ISC)² member, you’re a part of a global community of more than 138,000 certified cybersecurity professionals focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. In addition to that extensive network, a wealth of continuing education opportunities help you keep your skills sharp, informed of the latest trends and best practices, and ensures your expertise remains relevant throughout your career. Learn more about (ISC)² member benefits.

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