SSCP : Systems Security Certified Practitioner Study Guide

Systems Security Certified Practitioner Study Guide
ISBN : 978-1-61691-673-2
Gain hands-on expertise in (ISC)² SSCP exam with Systems Security Certified Practitioner Study Guide. This course covers all the domains of (ISC)² SSCP exam and includes topics such as access controls; security operations and administration; risk identification, monitoring and analysis; cryptography; network and communications security; and so on.


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Exam Information

The SSCP exam is an entry-level security exam sponsored by International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., or (ISC)². It is considered by many to be a stepping stone on the path of earning the (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner (CISSP). (ISC)² describes the person with the SSCP certification as the person doing the hands-on work or the enforcer that everyone is going to for answers. The exam is still focused on understanding key security concepts.

Career Prospects
  • Security Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Security Administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems/Network Analyst
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Security Consultant/Specialist
  • Systems/Network Administrator
Exam FAQs
What is the exam registration fee?
USD 250
Where do I take the exam?
What is the format of the exam?
Multiple choice questions
How many questions are asked in the exam?
The exam contains 125 questions.
What is the duration of the exam?
180 minutes
What is the passing score?

(on a scale of 0-1000)

What is the exam's retake policy?
Test takers who do not pass the examination the first time will be able to retest after 30 days.  Test takers that fail a second time will need to wait 90 days prior to sitting for the examination again.  In the unfortunate event that a candidate fails a third time, the next available time to sit for the examination will be 180 days after the most recent exam attempt. Candidates are eligible to sit for (ISC)² examinations a maximum of 3 times within a calendar year.

Table of Content

Here's What you will Learn

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Information Security: The Systems Security Certified Practitioner Certification

  • About the (ISC)2 Organization
  • Exams, Testing, and Certification
  • The SSCP Exam
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 3: Security Basics: A Foundation

  • The Development of Security Techniques
  • Understanding Security Terms and Concepts
  • Security Foundation Concepts
  • Participating in Security Awareness Education
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab Study Guide

Lesson 4: Domain 1: Access Controls

  • What Are Controls?
  • Types of Access Controls
  • Identification
  • Authentication
  • System-Level Access Controls
  • Discretionary Access Control (DAC)
  • Nondiscretionary Access Control
  • Mandatory Access Control
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab Study Guide

Lesson 5: Domain 2: Security Operations and Administration

  • Security Administration Concepts and Principles
  • Data Management Policies
  • Endpoint Device Security
  • Security Education and Awareness Training
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab Study Guide

Lesson 6: Domain 3: Risk Identification, Monitoring, and Analysis

  • Understanding the Risk Management Process
  • Risk Management Frameworks and Guidance for Managing Risks
  • Risk Analysis and Risk Assessment
  • Managing Risks
  • Risk Visibility and Reporting
  • Analyzing Monitoring Results
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab Study Guide

Lesson 7: Domain 4: Incident Response and Recovery

  • Event and Incident Handling Policy
  • Creating and Maintaining an Incident Response Plan
  • Understanding and Supporting Forensic Investigations
  • Understanding and Supporting the Business Continuity Plan and the Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab Study Guide

Lesson 8: Domain 5: Cryptography

  • Concepts and Requirements of Cryptography
  • Key Management
  • Secure Protocols
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab Study Guide

Lesson 9: Domain 6: Networks and Communications

  • Network Models
  • Network Design Topographies
  • Ports and Protocols
  • Converged Network Communications
  • Network Monitoring and Control
  • Access Control Protocols and Standards
  • Remote User Authentication Services
  • Local User Authentication Services
  • Network Segmentation
  • Securing Devices
  • Security Posture
  • Firewall and Proxy Implementation
  • Network Routers and Switches
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Devices
  • Telecommunications Remote Access
  • Wireless & Cellular Technologies
  • Wireless Networks
  • Traffic Shaping Techniques and Devices
  • Quality of Service
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab Study Guide

Lesson 10: Domain 7: Systems and Application Security

  • Understand Malicious Code and Apply Countermeasures
  • Malicious Add-Ons
  • User Threats and Endpoint Device Security
  • Understand and Apply Cloud Security
  • Secure Data Warehouse and Big Data Environments
  • Secure Software-Defined Networks and Virtual Environments
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab Study Guide

Lesson 11: Appendix A: Diagnostic Tools

  • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
  • Microsoft Password Checker
  • Internet Explorer Phishing and Malicious Software Filter
  • Manage Internet Cookies
  • Observing Logs with Event Viewer
  • Viewing a Digital Certificate
  • Monitoring PC Activities with Windows Performance Monitor
  • Analyzing Error Messages in Event Viewer
  • Calculate Hash Values

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