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Re: Which CERT to get
From: "Peter Schawacker" <peter () schawacker com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 15:50:41 -0800

If you want a technically-oriented cert, pursue the SANS GIAC program.  Most
of the SANS certs are 99% technical.  You might also want to look at
CompTIA's Securit+ as it's inexpensive and less rigorious than the CISSP.  I
don't see the piont in opting for the SSCP over the CISSP if you meet the
experience requirements for the CISSP.  Resume-wise, spreading certs across
vendors is better than getting more than one cert from the same

Peter Schawacker, CISSP, Security+, MCSE, SCSA, LCP, CCSE,...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jordan, Jason D. "Dallas"" <Jason.Jordan () honeywell-tsi com>
To: <security-basics () securityfocus com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 9:13 AM
Subject: Which CERT to get

Hello List,
   I would like to get some opinions on which cert would be better to get.
I know this has been discussed a bit here on the list, but I have a couple
specific certs I mind.  I was wanting to know which would be the better one
to pursue, the CISSP or the
SSCP?  Both are from ISC2.  I am presently trying to get into the security
field and have been told the CISSP would be the best one to get, but it
seems to be a bit more managerially focused.  I'm not really trying to be a
Security manger.  I would like
to have the more technical skills.  Is the SSCP more technical or is it
similar to the CISSP?  Any opinions and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Dallas Jordan  MCSE, CCNA


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