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RE: Question on Certification (SSCP or GSEC)
From: "Mark Brunner" <kohi10 () rogers com>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2011 19:36:36 -0400

I have had the pleasure of certifying first years ago at the SSCP level, and
currently hold the CISSP certificate as well.  The SSCP designation is
definitely less understood, but really is an examination of depth of
knowledge versus breadth of knowledge for the CISSP in my opinion.  There is
some subject matter overlap, however the context is the differentiator.
Both will test your metal, and present you with 250 multiple guess questions
come exam time.

The SSCP exam expects knowledge in 7 domains, focusing on technical
knowledge:
- Access Controls 
- Security Operations and Administration 
- Analysis and Monitoring
- Risk, Response, and Recovery 
- Cryptography 
- Networks and Telecommunications
- Malicious Code

I had a lot of questions regarding protocols, the OSI model, networking and
communication, and routing.

The CISSP exam covers 10 domains, focusing more on tactical and strategic
security management:
 - Access Control
 - Application Security
 - Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
 - Information Security & Risk Management 
 - Operations Security
 - Physical Security
 - Security Architecture and Design
 - Telecom and Network Security
 - Regulations, Compliance
 - Incident Response & Investigation

Much more focus on my exam on the methodologies, planning and management
considerations of security.

In discussions with GSEC certified colleagues they liken the content and
context to that of the CISSP.  There are other certifications that might be
more useful to you as a developer, such as secure coder
http://www.sans.org/gssp/, certified ethical hacker
http://www.eccouncil.org/, etc.  They may not be as widely marketable, but
consider your intentions.  Looking for professional improvements or another
job?

Just my opinion, your milage may vary.

Mark Brunner
Information Security Manager & IT Consultant 
Greater Toronto Area, Ontario Canada


-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com] On
Behalf Of Eggleston, Mark
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2011 3:30 PM
To: Mr Horse; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Question on Certification (SSCP or GSEC)

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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