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Stepping block to CISSP

I am curious why there was no mention of SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) also offered by (ISC)2 in your articles? The only reason I'd like to see it mentioned is that it appears to be a stepping block on the way to CISSP, and the requirement is one year of experience instead of three. Thanks!


Great question! Indeed, the SSCP is an entirely worthwhile cert and can be considered a stepping-stone to the CISSP. I'm not sure if it was simply space considerations (which do play a role in such pieces) or if it was only trying to cover "ask for them by name" certifications that prompted me to omit mention of the SSCP, but you are correct in asserting that it does require less experience and only covers seven of the 10 knowledge domains covered on the CISSP.

I'll be sure to include mention of it in future such pieces. That said, I do cover it in my security landscape overview for searchSecurity.


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This was first published in December 2001

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