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SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner

SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

This technology- focused online course is approved by the TechCred Program funding and will help you upskill and earn a credential in only six months.

TechCred Program funding allows Ohio employers looking to fill their open technology-focused roles with skilled candidates. Additionally, the program is designed to enable employers to offer current and future employees the opportunity to learn new skills while on the job by funding their learning.

Become part of a stronger workforce with the skills needed to propel your career.

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Become SSCP Certified Online

System security is the glue that holds our digital society together. Keeping our information systems secure is a fast-paced, demanding job that requires preparation, skill and diligence. That's why Systems Security Practitioners are among the most important and valuable professionals in the cyber world. In this 100% online course, you will gain the knowledge and skill to become a Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP). Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to take and pass the SSCP Exam offered by International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2). This course is open enrollment. You can enroll and begin any time.

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Job Outlook for Systems Security Practitioners

  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists Information Security Analyst among its most in-demand careers. The BLS forecasts 31% growth in the demand for Information Security professionals between now and 2029. This is much faster than expected growth for all jobs. The BLS notes that the constant threat of cybercrime, privacy violations and network disruption are driving this strong trend.
  • According to, Systems Security Certified Practitioners in the US earn $75,420 per year, on average. Average salaries for specific jobs range from $64,000 for an Information Security Analyst to over $120,000 for IT Security Architects. Your compensation may vary based on factors such as your skills, experience and location.

Systems Security Practitioners are active, hands-on participants in the world of cybersecurity. Their work may involve monitoring networks, detecting and preventing threats and intrusions and ensuring security for devices connected to a system.


According to ISC(2), the SSCP is intended for IT administrators, managers, directors and network security professionals. It is considered an ideal foundation for careers that can include:

  • Network Security Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Security Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Security Consultant/Specialist
  • Security Administrator
  • Systems/Network Analyst
  • Database Administrator

System security is the domain of high-level employers such as large enterprises, government agencies and global non-government organizations (NGOs). System Security Practitioners are entrusted with some of the most confidential and high-value data in the world. A certification such as the SSCP signals to these employers that you have the advanced skills and knowledge to monitor and manage their IT infrastructure with practices, policies and procedures developed by world-class cybersecurity experts.

  • Understand the dynamics of data communication
  • Learn how to identify and mitigate malicious codes such as viruses, Trojans, logic bombs, social engineering, insider threats, data theft, DDoS, spoofing, Phishing, Pharming, and spam
  • Explore authentication and access control methods
  • Become familiar with identity management and cloud computing concepts
  • Become prepared to take the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) exam
  • Learn the skills needed to begin a career in the technology sector, or further your knowledge if you're already employed
  • Understand the ethical responsibilities of a network administrator so you're better equipped to make decisions on the job

This is an advanced level course. You should have a base knowledge about computer hardware, networking, and security knowledge. It is recommended that you should either first take CompTIA A+ and Network+ or have the equivalent of two years of experience working with computers.

Access Controls and Security Operations
  • Access Control
  • Security Operations
Monitoring and Incident Recovery
  • Risk Identification
Cryptography and Network Security
  • Cryptography
  • Communication Security
Systems and Application Security
  • Security in Systems and Applications
Course Completion
  • Final Exam


David Grimes

David Grimes has more than 10 years of management and leadership experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Grimes is passionate about technology and education, having worked as academic dean, student services director, technology coordinator, teacher, consultant, and technology columnist. He holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University, both in Technology Education.