SSCP – Systems Security Certified Practitioner

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Become an SSCP – Systems Security Certified Practitioner

Earning a globally recognized IT 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 ISC2.

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

SSCP Quick Glance


Demonstrates professionals have the knowledge and skills to implement, monitor and administer IT infrastructure using cybersecurity best practices.


Domain 1. Security Operations and Administration

Domain 2. Access Controls

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

SSCP Exam Outline

Please Note: Effective September 15, 2024, the SSCP exam will be based on an updated exam outline. Please refer to the SSCP Exam Outline and our FAQs for more information.

1 Year
Required Work Experience
ANAB Accredited
ISO/IEC Standard 17024
U.S. DoD 8570.1
Approved by Department of Defense

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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
  • Health Information Manager
  • Practice Manager

Work in government? See how the SSCP meets the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570.1.

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