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System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

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International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)²
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Skill Level: Advanced                          Status: Active

A global IT security certification. The SSCP recognizes your hands-on, technical abilities and practical experience. It shows you have the skills to implement, monitor and administer IT infrastructure using information security policies and procedures — ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.

Ideal for: Practitioners in operational IT roles or in information security

Why Pursue It:

  • 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 teams 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.

Experience Required:

  • Candidates must have a minimum of one year of cumulative work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the SSCP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).

  • A one-year experience waiver will be granted for a candidate who received a degree (bachelors or masters) in a cybersecurity program.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Requirements: Once you are certified, you become a member of (ISC)² and recertify every three years. Recertification is accomplished by earning continuing professional education (CPE) credits and paying an Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) to support ongoing development.

CISSP Pay Fast Fact: Average CISSP Salary: US $93,240

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