Course Description

The Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) is the ideal certification for those with proven technical skills and practical, hands-on security knowledge in operational IT roles. It provides confirmation of a practitioner’s ability to implement, monitor, and administer IT infrastructure under information security policies and procedures that ensure data confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The broad spectrum of topics included in the SSCP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) ensures its relevance across all disciplines in the field of information security. Successful candidates are competent in the following 7 domains:

• Access Controls
• Security Operations and Administration
• Risk Identification, Monitoring, and Analysis
• Incident Response and Recovery
• Cryptography
• Network and Communications Security
• Systems and Application Security

Sept. 12, 2020

Program Requirements

DeliveryOnline
Length2-4 weeks
VA ApprovedGI Bill & VET-TEC
CertificationSSCP

Objectives

  • Implement and maintain authentication methods
  • Comply with (ISC)² Code of Ethics
  • Understand security concepts
  • Document, implement and maintain functional security controls
  • Implement security controls and assess compliance
  • Understand the risk management process
  • Perform security assessment activities
  • Operate and maintain monitoring systems
  • Understand and support forensic investigations
  • Learn the fundamental concepts of cryptography and requirements for cryptography
  • Understand and support secure protocols and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems
  • Apply fundamental concepts of networking
  • Understand network attacks and countermeasures
  • Manage network access controls and network security
  • Operate and configure network-based security devices and wireless technologies
  • Identify and analyze malicious code and activity
  • Implement and operate endpoint device security
  • Operate and configure cloud security
  • Operate and secure virtual environments

Prerequisite

Candidates must have a minimum of 1-year cumulative work experience in 1 or more of the 7 domains of the SSCP CBK. A 1-year prerequisite pathway will be granted for candidates who received a degree (bachelors or masters) in a cybersecurity program.

A candidate that doesn’t have the required experience to become an SSCP may become an Associate of (ISC)² by successfully passing the SSCP examination. The Associate of (ISC)² will then have 2 years to earn the 1-year required experience.

Course Content

Domain 1: Access Controls

1.1 Implement and maintain authentication methods

1. Single/multifactor authentication
2. Single sign-on
3. Device authentication Federated access

1.2 Support internetwork trust architectures

  1. Trust relationships (e.g., 1-way, 2-way, transitive)
  2. Extranet
  3. Third-party connections

1.3 Participate in the identity management lifecycle

  1. Authorization
  2. Proofing
  3. Provisioning/de-provisioning
  4. Maintenance
  5. Entitlement
  6. Identity and Access Management (IAM) systems

1.4 Implement access controls

  1. Mandatory
  2. Non-discretionary
  3. Discretionary
  4. Role-based
  5. Attribute-based
  6. Subject-based
  7. Object-based

Domain 2: Security Operations and Administration

2.1 Comply with codes of ethics

  1. Code of Ethics
  2. Organizational code of ethics
  3. Understand security concepts

2.2 Understand security concepts

2.3 Document, implement and maintain functional security controls

  1. Deterrent controls
  2. Preventative controls
  3. Detective controls
  4. Corrective controls
  5. Compensating controls

2.4 Participate in asset management

  1. Lifecycle (hardware, software, and data)
  2. Hardware inventory
  3. Software inventory and licensing
  4. Data storage

2.5 Implement security controls and assess compliance

  1. Technical controls (e.g., session timeout, password aging)
  2. Physical controls (e.g., mantrap, cameras, locks)
  3. Administrative controls (e.g., security policies and standards, procedures, baselines)
  4. Periodic audit and review

2.6 Participate in change management

  1. Execute change management process
  2. Identify the security impact
  3. Testing /implementing patches, fixes, and updates (e.g., operating system, applications, SDLC)

2.7 Participate in security awareness and training

2.8 Participate in physical security operations (e.g., data center assessment, badging)

Domain 3: Risk Identification, monitoring, and analysis

3.1 Understand the risk management process

  1. Risk visibility and reporting (e.g., risk register, sharing threat intelligence, Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS))
  2. Risk management concepts (e.g., impact assessments, threat modeling, Business Impact Analysis (BIA))
  3. Risk management frameworks (e.g., ISO, NIST)
  4. Risk treatment (e.g., accept, transfer, mitigate, avoid, recast)

3.2 Perform security assessment activities

  1. Participate in security testing
  2. Interpretation and reporting of scanning and testing results
  3. Remediation validation
  4. Audit finding remediation

3.3 Operate and maintain monitoring systems (e.g., continuous monitoring)

  1. Events of interest (e.g., anomalies, intrusions, unauthorized changes, compliance monitoring)
  2. Logging
  3. Source systems
  4. Legal and regulatory concerns (e.g., jurisdiction, limitations, privacy)

3.4 Analyze monitoring results

  1. Security baselines and anomalies
  2. Visualizations, metrics, and trends (e.g., dashboards, timelines)
  3. Event data analysis
  4. Document and communicate findings (e.g., escalation)

Domain 4: Incident Response and Recovery

4.1 Support incident lifecycle

  1. Preparation
  2. Detection, analysis, and escalation
  3. Containment
  4. Eradication
  5. Recovery
  6. Lessons learned/implementation of new countermeasure

4.2 Understand and support forensic investigations

  1. Legal and ethical principles
  2. Evidence handling (e.g., first responder, triage, chain of custody, preservation of scene)

4.3 Understand and support Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) activities

  1. Emergency response plans and procedures (e.g., information system contingency plan)
  2. Interim or alternate processing strategies
  3. Restoration planning
  4. Backup and redundancy implementation
  5. Testing and drills

Domain 5: Crytograhpy

5.1 Understand the fundamental concepts of cryptography

  1. Fundamental key management concepts (e.g., key rotation, key composition, key creation, exchange, revocation, escrow)
  2. Web of Trust (WOT) (e.g., PGP, GPG)
  3. Hashing
  4. Salting
  5. Symmetric/asymmetric encryption/Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)
  6. Non-repudiation (e.g., digital signatures/certificates, HMAC, audit trail)
  7. Encryption algorithms (e.g., AES, RSA) » Key strength (e.g., 256, 512, 1024, 2048 bitkeys)
  8. Cryptographic attacks, cryptanalysis, and counter measures

5.2 Understand the reasons and requirements for cryptography

  1. Confidentiality
  2. Integrity and authenticity
  3. Data sensitivity (e.g., PII, intellectual property, PHI)
  4. Regulatory

5.3 Understand and support secure protocols

  1. Services and protocols (e.g., IPSec, TLS, S/MIME, DKIM)
  2. Common use cases
  3. Limitations and vulnerabilities

5.4 Understand Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems

  1. Fundamental key management concepts (e.g., key rotation, key composition, key creation, exchange, revocation, escrow)
  2. Web of Trust (WOT) (e.g., PGP, GPG)

Domain 6: Network and Communications Security

6.1 Understand and apply fundamental concepts of networking

  1. OSI and TCP/IP models
  2. Network topographies (e.g., ring, star, bus, mesh, tree)
  3. Network k relationships (e.g., peer to peer, client server)
  4. Transmission media types (e.g., fiber, wired, wireless)
  5. Commonly used ports and protocols

6.2 Understand network attacks and countermeasures (e.g., DDoS, man-in-the-middle, DNS poisoning)

6.3 Manage network access controls

  1. Network access control and monitoring (e.g., remediation, quarantine, admission)
  2. Network access control standards and protocols (e.g., IEEE 802.1X, Radius, TACACS)
  3. Remote access operation and configuration (e.g., thin client, SSL VPN, IPSec VPN, telework)

6.4 Manage network security

  1. Logical and physical placement of network devices (e.g., inline, passive)
  2. Segmentation (e.g., physical/logical, data/control plane, VLAN, ACLs)
  3. Secure device management

6.5 Operate and configure network-based security devices

  1. Firewalls and proxies (e.g., filtering methods)
  2. Network intrusion detection/prevention systems
  3. Routers and switches
  4. Traffic-shaping devices (e.g., WAN optimization, load balancing)

6.6 Operate and configure wireless technologies (e.g., Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi)

  1. Transmission security
  2. Wireless security devices (e.g. WIPS, WIDS)

Domain 7: System and Application Security

7.1 Identify and analyze malicious code and activity

  1. Malware (e.g., rootkits, spyware, scareware, ransomware, trojans, virus, worms, trapdoors, backdoors, and remote access trojans)
  2. Malicious code countermeasures (e.g., scanners, anti-malware, code signing, sandboxing)
  3. Malicious activity (e.g., insider threat, data theft, DDoS, botnet)
  4. Malicious activity countermeasures (e.g., user awareness, system hardening, patching, sandboxing, isolation)

7.2 Implement and operate endpoint device security

  1. HIDS
  2. Host-based firewalls
  3. Application whitelisting
  4. Endpoint encryption
  5. Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
  6. Mobile Device Management (MDM) (e.g., COPE, BYOD)
  7. Secure browsing (e.g., sandbox)

7.3 Operate and configure cloud security

  1. Deployment models (e.g., public, private, hybrid, community)
  2. Service models (e.g., IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS)
  3. Virtualization (e.g., hypervisor)
  4. Legal and regulatory concerns (e.g., privacy, surveillance, data ownership, jurisdiction, eDiscovery)
  5. Data storage and transmission (e.g., archiving, recovery, resilience)
  6. Third-party/outsourcing requirements (e.g., SLA, data portability, data destruction, auditing)
  7. Shared responsibility model

7.4 Operate and secure virtual environments

  1. Software-defined networking
  2. Hypervisor
  3. Virtual appliances
  4. Continuity and resilience
  5. Attacks and countermeasures
  6. Shared storage