Systems Security Certified Practitioner

As the true entry point to career excellence, a SSCP starts newcomers on their path to Systems Security Certified Practitioner and future leadership roles.


Why Certified in Systems Security Certified Practitioner?

Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year cumulative work experience in 1 or more of the 7 domains of the SSCP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). A 1-year prerequisite pathway will be granted if the candidate has a degree in a cybersecurity program (bachelor’s or master’s). A candidate who doesn’t have the required experience may become an Associate of ISC2 by successfully passing the SSCP examination. The Associate of ISC2 will then have 2 years to earn the 1 year of required experience. Quick Read:
  • Requires 1 year of cumulative experience in 1 or more of the certification’s 7 domains
  • A 1-year prerequisite pathway will be granted for candidates with a degree in cybersecurity
  • Candidates with less experience may become Associates of ISC2 after successfully passing the exam
ISC2 developed the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification for individuals in operational IT roles seeking to prove their knowledge, skills and experience by attaining an ISO-accredited certification. SSCP provides confirmation of a practitioner’s ability to implement, monitor and administer IT infrastructure in accordance with cybersecurity policies and procedures that ensure data confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Target Audience

The SSCP is designed for cybersecurity and IT/ICT professionals who have hands-on responsibility for designing, implementing and maintaining cyber, information, software and infrastructure security, whether in a cyber-dedicated role or as part of their day-to-day IT/ICT position. Roles include:

  • Network Security Engineer
  • IT/Systems/Network Administrator
  • Security Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Security Consultant/Specialist
  • Security Administrator
  • Systems/Network Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Individuals operating in a security operations center (SOC) environment performing the role of incident handler, SIEM analyst, forensics specialist, threat intel researcher, etc.


Every IT organization should have SSCPs as part their team. Strong areas of focus are the SOC within an organization and MSPs, including specialized SOC service providers.

  • Banking, financial services, insurance (BFSI)
  • Cloud and Managed Service Providers
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • IT products, services, consulting
  • Pharma
  • Retail
  • Telecom

Required Experience

Exam Domains

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

Exam Details

Exam Availability: English | Testing Centre: Pearson VUE

4 hr

Exam Length


Number of
Exam Items

Multiple Choice

Item Format


Passing Score


Course Fee
Exam Fee $380 (AUD)

“This course may be undertaken as a self paced program, which can be completed at your own pace, in your own time.”

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Steps to Certification


Obtain the required experience

See alternate Associate pathway for those who do not yet meet experience requirement


Take and Pass the Exam

Find a local Pearson VUE Test Center and register for the exam at www.pearsonvue.com/isc2


Complete the endorsement process

Get work experience endorsed by an ISC2 member within 9 months from exam date

Agree to the ISC2 Code of Ethics


Maintain membership

  • Earn and submit a minimum of 20 CPEs each year; 60 CPEs by the end of the 3-year recertification cycle
  • Pay the annual maintenance fee of $125, due each year upon the anniversary of the certification date (if member holds more than one, whichever anniversary date comes first). Members only pay a single AMF of $125 regardless of how many certifications they hold.
Certified in Systems Security Certified Practitioner

Benefits of Systems Security Certified Practitioner

For the Individual

Validates knowledge and experience. It’s a way to be taken more seriously.

Can lead to higher pay, promotions, more complex work, exciting challenges, project lead roles and better jobs.

Helps individuals develop new skills they can apply in day-to-day work and stay up-to-date on emerging threats.

Builds a strong foundation for an infosec career and helps individuals get familiar with the format of (ISC)2 exams (such as CISSP).

Helps individuals understand the business side of things and apply real-world knowledge across platforms.

Enables access to a network of peers and access to CPE/learning opportunities.

Depending on country and employer. On average, (ISC)² members report having 35% higher salaries than non-members.

For the Organisation

Strengthen the security posture with qualified practitioners who have proven hands-on technical ability to competently handle day-to-day operations.

Implement the latest security best practices to protect the organization from ever-increasing levels of cyber risk.

Ensure professionals speak the same language across disciplines and have cross-department perspective.

Increase organizational integrity in the eyes of clients and other stakeholders.

Meet certification requirements and recommendations for government, service providers and subcontractors.

Ensure professionals are up-to-date on emerging and changing technologies, and security issues related to these technologies through (ISC)² CPE requirements.

Comply with government or industry regulations (DoD 8140.01/8570.01 approved).