SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner Study Guide and DVD Training System

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The SSCP Study Guide and DVD Training System is a unique and comprehensive combination of text, DVD-quality instructor-led training, and Web-based exam simulation and remediation. These components will give the student 100% coverage of all (ISC)² official exam objectives and realistic exam simulation.

The SSCP Study Guide and DVD Training System consists of:
1. SSCP Study Guide The 1,000,000 readers who have read previous Syngress Study Guides will find many familiar features in the Study Guide along with many new enhancements including:
· Exercises: There will be frequent use of step-by-step exercises with many screen captures and line drawings. Exercises will be presented in sidebar-like style, and will run 1 to 2 pages.
· Anatomy of a Question: Question types will be diagrammed and analyzed to give readers access to the theory behind the questions themselves.
· Teacher's Pet: These will be written from the instructor's perspective and will provide insight into the teaching methodologies applied to certain objectives that will give readers the "$2,000 worth of training in a $60 book feel." These will be presented in sidebar-like style and will run about 1 page.
· Objectives Fast Track: End of chapter element containing each A-head from the chapter and succinct bullet points reviewing most important information from each section (same as current Solutions Fast Track).
· FAQs: End of Chapter Frequently Asked Questions on objective content. These are not exam preparation questions (same as our current FAQ).
· Test What You Learned: End of chapter exam preparation questions, which are in the format of the real exam.
2. SSCP DVD: The DVD will contain 1 hour of instructor-led training covering the most difficult to comprehend topics on the exam. The instructor's presentation will also include on-screen configurations and networking schematics.
SSCP from The accompanying Web site will provide students with realistic exam-simulations software. The exam will emulate the content and the look and feel of the real-exam. Students will be able to grade their performance on the Web-based exam and automatically link to the accompanying e-book for further review of difficult concepts

Ø $2,000 worth of training in a $60 book, DVD, and Web-enhanced training system. Consumers of this product will receive an unprecedented value. Instructor-led training for similar certifications averages $2,000 per class, and retail DVD training products are priced from $69 to $129. Consumers are accustomed to paying 20% to 100% more than the cost of this training system for only the DVD!
Ø Changes to the CISSP Certification pre-requisites will result in an increase in the popularity of the SSCP certification. Recently the (ISC)² increased the work experience requirement of the CISSP certification to four years from three years. This increase will result into current candidates for the CISSP to shift to the SSCP certification, as the verifiable field requirement is only one year.
Ø Syngress well-positioned in wide open playing field. The landscape of certification publishing has changed dramatically over the past month with Coriolis ceasing operations, Hungry Minds facing an uncertain future after their acquisition by John Wiley & Sons, and Syngress ending its long-term relationship with Osborne McGraw Hill in pursuit of publishing Study Guides independently. We are confident that Syngress' long history of best-selling Study Guides will continue in this new era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931836807
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.48 (d)

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SSCP Certification Overview


As we begin to prepare for the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) examination, let's first take a look at how the preparation for this exam can help you to prepare and qualify for higher-level certifications that you might want to pursue later in your career. Fortunately, much of the preparation and learning that you will do for the SSCP examination and certification will help give you the fundamental background information you can apply to the next level of certification, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Here we briefly review the history and development of the credentials and the organization responsible for them, and then we review the requirements and areas of study that we'll be discussing throughout the book.


(ISC)2 is the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. This organization was originally formed to collect and define a common body of knowledge (CBK) for the information security (IS) community internationally. The (ISC)2 works to keep that information relevant to the requirements of the international IS community by regularly updating and verifying the CBK contents. The CBK consists of the general information that defines or explains the areas of concentration in a very broad sense, rather than being a repository of specific information that might be studied in preparation for an examination. Instead of specific technical information that would be found in a vendor-specific or task-specific exam, this information forms the guidelines for study. The CBK has been defined and grouped in a total of 10 domains, or areas of knowledge, that contain the information that is relevant to the IS professional.

(ISC)2 is the governing organization that has developed the SSCP and CISSP certifications and examinations. This effort was undertaken in response to industry demand and concerns that a measurable benchmark was needed to assure the competency of the individuals participating in the defense of information systems.

This book and its contents have been written by a talented, experienced team of professionals who have had experience in each of the domains that are covered in the SSCP exam. Although no individual resource can provide 100 percent coverage of each domain, we believe that this study guide and your study and knowledge of the information it contains will lead to your success in taking the test.

Systems Security Certified Practitioner

The first of two certification tracks that are offered by (ISC)2 is the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification. The SSCP examination contains content that originates in seven domains that have been identified by (ISC)2 as areas of concentration. We'll be looking at each of these domains and how they are derived, as well as the distinct requirements and knowledge areas within those domains, as we progress through the chapters that follow:

· Access Controls

· Administration

· Audit and Monitoring

· Risk, Response, and Recovery

· Cryptography

· Data Communications

· Malicious Code/Malware

The certification is aimed at security professionals who have direct work experience in two or more of the domains that total at least one year of actual work performed. This time may include systems administration, teaching, consulting, or other disciplines, but it must be security-related work time. It is reflective of actual time worked, and the time is cumulative, so it may be compiled over a longer period of time than a calendar year. Candidates for the certification must have accumulated one year of direct experience in one of the domains.


The certification itself requires one year of experience in two domains. This requirement means that you may study for and attempt the examination with a lower level of experience, but you will have to attain the certification experience level and attest to your compliance with that requirement before you receive the certification.

(ISC)2 also requires that candidates and certified individuals accept the (ISC)2 code of ethics. The code of ethics contains four sections, which (ISC)2 defines as canons. The code of ethics canons are:

· Protect society, the commonwealth, and the infrastructure.

· Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.

· Provide diligent and competent service to principals.

· Advance and protect the profession.

These definitions, by nature, are very broad in scope. The code of ethics defines a level of correct and proper action that you should be (and very probably are) following as you pursue a career in IS. The four canons remind us that we are required in our profession to be above reproach as much as is possible in a human environment. We must promote protection of information, truthfulness, and public trust in information and information systems, and we must treat clients and the public fairly and within the laws of the commonwealth in which we serve. Additionally, we must educate and promote these ideas throughout the environment in which we operate. You can view this information in its entirety at

Successful candidates are additionally required to participate in continuing education and accumulate continuing education credits. Credential renewal can be attained through this process over a three-year period or by retaking the certification exam every three years. Specific information about examination schedules, costs, and updates of requirements can be found on the (ISC)2 site at

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification is designed to measure management-level skills and expertise in areas of policy and overall system design rather than the more technical skills that are measured in the SSCP examination. The CISSP exam includes more comprehensive knowledge and experience requirements than does the SSCP examination.

As we mentioned earlier, (ISC)2 has identified a total of 10 domains that have relevance to the CISSP credential. The CISSP credential also requires a more verifiable amount of time working directly with computer and network security, as well as testing the candidate's ability to design and implement a security defense plan. As announced on the (ISC)2site, the requirements for candidates testing after January 1, 2003, have changed. The new requirements include a minimum experience requirement for certification of four years, or three years with a college degree or equivalent life experience. Further information about the new requirements can be found the (ISC)2site at If you are interested in pursuing this certification in the future, you'll be involved in an in-depth study to gain knowledge of the following 10 domains:

· Access Control Systems and Methodology

· Telecommunications and Network Security

· Security Management Practices

· Applications and Systems Development Security

· Cryptography

· Security Architecture and Models

· Operations Security

· Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP)

· Law, Investigations, and Ethics

· Physical Security

Many of the 10 domains in the CBK appear to contain information presented in the seven domains for the SSCP examination. However, they are discussed in more depth and with a different overall focus than are the domains for the SSCP examination.

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Table of Contents

1: Overview of the SSCP Certifications
2: Access Controls
3: Administration
4: Auditing & Monitoring
5: Risk, Response, and Recovery
6: Cryptography
7: Data Communications
8: Malicious Code

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