Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Seems these past few years I have been performing more duties as an IT Operations Manager than as an Oracle DBA. Not a bad situation personally in terms of career growth.

One of my many responsibilities as an IT Operations Manager is to represent my IT department in Client audits and to support the business unit’s ISO 9001:2008 certification. This means maintaining an IT SOP with most of the topics revolving around information security.

This provided curiosity into the various security certifications and how those certifications might align with my current position and future growth.  Seems these days and into the foreseeable future obtaining additional knowledge in information security is a smart choice, even if it’s not your primary responsibility.  Regardless of your IT job description, information security has some level of importance to you and certainly to the your employer.

One security certification that perked my interest was the ISC² SSCP® – Systems Security Certified Practitioner with this description on their web site.

With as little as one year’s work experience in the information security field, you can become certified as a Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®).

This is also the perfect course for personnel in many other non-security disciplines that require an understanding of security but do not have information security as a primary part of their job description. This large and growing group includes information systems auditors; application programmers; system, network and database administrators; business unit representatives, and systems analysts.

James D. Murray blogs about “The SSCP Certification Experience” which I found very informative as he details the process.  He also documents his CISSP experience with “The CISSP Certification Experience” and “The CISSP Certification Experience: My Study Plan“.

Another perspective can be found on the Global Knowledge blog entitled “SSCP Certification“.  From the CISSP perspective, blog entries “CISSP Exam Experience” and “Preparing for the CISSP Exam” are informative as well.

For now I will digest and analyze this SSCP certification information and continue to evaluate the advantages in my IT career path.