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SSCP or CISSP?

Is it a good idea the get your SSCP first and then go for the CISSP or should I go directly for the CISSP and not bother with the SSCP? What do you recommend and why? Thanks in advance.

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Contributor II

Re: SSCP or CISSP?

Hard to say. It depends on your ability to learn, what you already know, the amount of time you have available and the date on which you want to have achieved something. SSCP requires less experience (1 year versus 5 years), in less domains (1 out of 7 versus 2 out of 😎 and the domains are not quite the same either. SSCP is more "down to earth", practical, more technical, CISSP is more abstract and has more focus on processes, law / legalese. 

 

If you are already employed for a longer time in the IT/Infosec business and have or aim for a leadership role, given sufficient talent and other resources, I'd go straight for the CISSP. If you are relatively new in our field and aim to (at least for now) do more practical security work, go for the SSCP first.

 

Another option, especially if you don't have sufficient experience but still aim for a leadership role is to go for Associate first, e.g. study for your CISSP, sit (and pass...) the exam, then acquire sufficient experience to become a CISSP. However, in practice not too many HR departments, headhunters etc. will filter on "associate", probably you'd stand a better chance of being hired if you held the SSCP credential and published that in/on CV's and profiles.

 

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Heinrich W. Klöpping, MSc CISSP CCSP CIPP/E CTT+
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Newcomer III

Re: SSCP or CISSP?

Heinrich is dead on right.  I couldn't say it any better if I tried!  Great advice.


Best regards,
Rick
CISSP, PMP, ITILv3, LSSGB
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Newcomer II

Re: SSCP or CISSP?

For your idea..

 

In March 2017 I had one week, 5 days, SSCPcourse. I did the exam on 31 October and passed.
I have 5 years experience as a system administrator, but not in security.

 

In the meanwhile I read the study book and made notes, then I learned the slides from the course, learned the notes from the book and did practice questions.

If you are not familiar with the terms of security, like the CIA triad, I would not do SSCP first, but do a beginners course and then SSCP or CISSP depending on your work experience.

 


Jeroen van de Weerd

Loose lips sink ships....
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Re: SSCP or CISSP?

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