The study plan I followed for SSCP
(ISC)2 offers entry level certification for IT Professionals to prove their commitment and competency in the ever growing security field in IT field through SSCP certification. This certification verifies the proficiency of the candidates in many field like cryptography, network communication, risk response, malicious code and network administration.
SSCP certification is mainly for the candidates who work in network security, security analysis, security administration and other security related professions. This certification is passed by clearing the SSCP examination. Candidates who are willing to attend this certification must have atleast one year experience in network security related field. Professionals who satisfy this criteria can register for this examination in www.pearsonvue.com/isc2. The examination fees for this exam is USD 250.
The examination contains 125 multiple choice questions. The duration of the exam is 3 hours and candidates are requested to score above the graded score of 700 out of 1000. This grading is done with special algorithm of (ISC)2 so that the difficult level for all exams are kept constant. The exam mainly deals with the following topics:
For this exam, I followed the text book provided by (ISC)2 with the official training. The text book provided is 'Official. (ISC)2 Guide to the SSCP, 2nd. Edition'. It contained the detailed explanation of all the topics involved in the exam. Moreover it gave illustrations wherever necessary so that I didn't had to run for other resources.
I also attended the official training provided by (ISC)2 for this exam. This training was conducted for 5 days with each day having 8 hours of active participations. Well educated trainers from (ISC)2 conducted these coursework and hence they covered all the necessities for the exam. You can also opt for online training if you couldn't allocate time for classroom training. These online courses are delivered over a period of 8 weeks with each week having two 2.5 hour seminars. Plenty of other resources for each individual topics is provided by (ISC)2 but I didn't feel the need for them as I had the textbook with me. Managing time and creating a schedule can help you to get your certificate easily. Follow the text book carefully as it contains many key points which can be formulated as questions in the exam
Candidates who pass this certification are requested to recertify themselves once every three years. This recertification is to maintain themselves in the current technology. Also these certified candidates are requested to pay USD 65 each year for certification maintenance.
Eva Liphner, Infotest systems, Ltd.
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