Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

Hours: 100 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Retail Price: $999.00

Course Overview:

Get certified for the (ISC)² SSCP certification exam with the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) course and lab. The lab can be mapped to any course, textbook, or training, therefore, adding value and a hands-on component to training. The SSCP course covers the common needs for privacy, confidentiality, integrity, and availability; SSCPs and professional ethics; ongoing, continuous monitoring, and more. The SSCP training will help you understand exam objectives completely with its various interactive learning resources.

This course prepares a student to take the ISC2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) national certification exam.

Course Outline:

Chapter 1: Introduction
  • About This Course
  • What Is an SSCP?
  • Using This Course
  • Objective Map
  • Earning Your Certification
Chapter 2: The Business Case for Decision Assurance and Information Security
  • Information: The Lifeblood of Business
  • Policy, Procedure, and Process: How Business Gets Business Done
  • Who Runs the Business?
  • Summary
Chapter 3: Information Security Fundamentals
  • The Common Needs for Privacy, Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability
  • Training and Educating Everybody
  • SSCPs and Professional Ethics
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 4: Integrated Risk Management and Mitigation
  • It’s a Dangerous World
  • The Four Faces of Risk
  • Getting Integrated and Proactive with Information Defense
  • Risk Management: Concepts and Frameworks
  • Risk Assessment
  • Four Choices for Limiting or Containing Damage
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 5: Operationalizing Risk Mitigation
  • From Tactical Planning to Information Security Operations
  • Operationalizing Risk Mitigation: Step by Step
  • The Ongoing Job of Keeping Your Baseline Secure
  • Ongoing, Continuous Monitoring
  • Reporting to and Engaging with Management
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 6: Communications and Network Security
  • Trusting Our Communications in a Converged World
  • Internet Systems Concepts
  • Two Protocol Stacks, One Internet
  • IP Addresses, DHCP, and Subnets
  • IPv4 vs. IPv6: Key Differences and Options
  • CIANA Layer by Layer
  • Securing Networks as Systems
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 7: Identity and Access Control
  • Identity and Access: Two Sides of the Same CIANA Coin
  • Identity Management Concepts
  • Access Control Concepts
  • Network Access Control
  • Implementing and Scaling IAM
  • Zero Trust Architectures
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 8: Cryptography
  • Cryptography: What and Why
  • Building Blocks of Digital Cryptographic Systems
  • Keys and Key Management
  • Modern Cryptography: Beyond the “Secret Decoder Ring”
  • “Why Isn’t All of This Stuff Secret?”
  • Cryptography and CIANA
  • Public Key Infrastructures
  • Other Protocols: Applying Cryptography to Meet Different Needs
  • Measures of Merit for Cryptographic Solutions
  • Attacks and Countermeasures
  • On the Near Horizon
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 9: Hardware and Systems Security
  • Infrastructure Security Is Baseline Management
  • Infrastructures 101 and Threat Modeling
  • Malware: Exploiting the Infrastructure’s Vulnerabilities
  • Privacy and Secure Browsing
  • “The Sin of Aggregation”
  • Updating the Threat Model
  • Managing Your Systems’ Security
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 10: Applications, Data, and Cloud Security
  • It’s a Data-Driven World…At the Endpoint
  • Software as Appliances
  • Applications Lifecycles and Security
  • CIANA and Applications Software Requirements
  • Application Vulnerabilities
  • “Shadow IT:” The Dilemma of the User as Builder
  • Information Quality and Information Assurance
  • Protecting Data in Motion, in Use, and at Rest
  • Into the Clouds: Endpoint App and Data Security Considerations
  • Legal and Regulatory Issues
  • Countermeasures: Keeping Your Apps and Data Safe and Secure
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 11: Incident Response and Recovery
  • Defeating the Kill Chain One Skirmish at a Time
  • Incident Response Framework
  • Preparation
  • Detection and Analysis
  • Containment and Eradication
  • Recovery: Getting Back to Business
  • Post-Incident Activities
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 12: Business Continuity via Information Security and People Power
  • A Spectrum of Disruption
  • Surviving to Operate: Plan for It!
  • Cloud-Based “Do-Over” Buttons for Continuity, Security, and Resilience
  • CIANA at Layer 8 and Above
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 13: Risks, Issues, and Opportunities, Starting Tomorrow
  • On Our Way to the Future
  • Enduring Lessons
  • Your Next Steps
  • At the Close

All necessary course materials are included.


This course prepares a student to take the ISC2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) national certification exam.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:

  • Cable, Fiber, DSL, or LEO Satellite (i.e. Starlink) internet with speeds of at least 10mb/sec download and 5mb/sec upload are recommended for the best experience.

NOTE: While cellular hotspots may allow access to our courses, users may experience connectivity issues by trying to access our learning management system.  This is due to the potential high download and upload latency of cellular connections.   Therefore, it is not recommended that students use a cellular hotspot as their primary way of accessing their courses.

Hardware Requirements:

  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 4 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher.  1920x1080 resolution is recommended for the best experience.
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone for Webinar or Live Online sessions.

Operating System Requirements:

  • Windows 7 or higher.
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:

  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari

Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):

  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is described in the above course outline.

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