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RE: Question on Certification (SSCP or GSEC)
From: "Eggleston, Mark" <meggleston () healthpart com>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2011 15:29:36 -0400

Mr. Horse,

GSEC is open book and more technical; CISSP is not open book and is more managerial.  If your long-term goal is to get 
a CISSP you might be better off getting the GSEC in the interim because: (1) it is from a different accrediting body 
(SANS) and shows you have diverse credentials if you later get a credential from ISC and (2) I would think it is more 
recognized and sought after compared to the SSCP (which is a stepping stone to the CISSP anyhow).

Of course, I might be biased though.  Hope this helps.

Regards,

Mark Eggleston, CISSP, GSEC, CHPS
Manager, Security and Business Continuity 



-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com] On Behalf Of Mr Horse
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 5:11 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Question on Certification (SSCP or GSEC)

I'm a software developer with about 6 years experience, and act as the lead for application and some network security 
issues at my current employer.

My manager wants me to a certification, and ideally I would go with the CISSP but I don't have 4 years employment 
experience in the information security field.

As far as I can tell, my options are the GIAC GSEC and the ISC SSCP.
As far as I can tell, the GSEC requires a similar level of knowledge to the CISSP, but does not have the experience 
requirement. The SSCP seems to have limited recognition.

We will some IT security positions opening up down the line, and I am hoping to apply for one of these in the future. 
Can anyone suggest what might be the better certification for me to hold?

Thanks

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