Yes, you can earn other starter IT security certifications. But as other SSCPs will tell you, none of those certifications will give you the sense of achievement you’ll feel with the SSCP.
Here are powerful reasons to become an SSCP:
- Respect. The SSCP certification validates your knowledge and experience. It’s a way to be taken more seriously. SSCPs have a voice in decisions, and their managers and peers value their advice.
- New career opportunities. The SSCP can spark career growth. It can lead to higher pay, promotions, more complex work, exciting challenges, project lead roles and even better jobs.
- Growth and learning. The SSCP not only proves your knowledge, it helps you develop new skills you can instantly apply in your day-to-day work. And you’ll stay up-to-date on emerging security threats.
- A path to the CISSP and/or a career in information security. The SSCP is an excellent way to prepare for the CISSP. It’s also a strong foundation for a career in information security. You’ll build confidence, learn new skills and get familiar with the format of the (ISC)2 exams.
- A broader perspective. You’ll better understand the business side of things: from risk management, to business continuity planning. And because the SSCP is vendor neutral, you can apply your real-world knowledge across platforms. You’ll bring more value to those you’re serving.
- Community of professionals. You’ll become a member of the (ISC)2 community. You’ll gain access to an amazing network of peers and ways to better yourself.
What the Industry Is Saying About the SSCP
- Named one of 5 Great “Starter” Cybersecurity Certifications – Business News Daily
- Named one of 10 Security Certifications to Boost Your Career – Dark Reading
- Described as one of the best certifications for IT professionals who don’t qualify for advanced certifications yet – How Earning the SSCP Helps Your Career – Site Pro News
- Described as a Stepping Stone to an IT Security Career – Certification Magazine
DoD 8570 Approved
The SSCP is DoD 8570 approved. It’s listed in three categories on the DoD 8570 matrix:
- IAT Level 1
- IAT Level II
- CND Infrastructure Support
The SSCP certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This means it complies with the International Organization for Standardization and International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17024 Standards. Why is accreditation important when choosing a certification program?