What Path Should I Take?

JinuyrJinuyr Member Posts: 251 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi all.

I am torn as to which path I should take. I believe I meet the experience requirements to pursue the CISSP but I am not sure if I should go for it immediately or use the SSCP as a stepping stone.

Cumulatively, I have about 6.5 years of IT experience. Based on the domains listed by ISC^2, I estimate my experience in each of the domains to be the following (in months):

(1icon_cool.gif Access Control
(3) Application Development Security
(2) Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
(3) Cryptography
( ) Information Security Governance and Risk Management
(3) Legal, Regulations, Investigations and Compliance
(12) Operations Security
(6) Physical (Environmental) Security
( ) Security Architecture and Design
(6) Telecommunications and Network Security
(53) TOTAL

I need 5 years of experience minus 1 year for having a CompTIA Security+ certification. Four (4) years is 48 months.

What my question is

My experience is between the following year(s):

As you can see there is a gap in the experience I have and the larger numbers 12+ months come from the 2001-2005 years. I am a bit separated from this but it is still something I use today and in much greater amounts (2011-Present). I also recently passed the Security+ exam and received a score of 842/900. Do you think I should go for the CISSP and try to study a bit harder to concepts I don't fully understand from practice exams, and lectures, or should I build my experience with the SSCP first?

Any thoughts?



  • xenodamusxenodamus Member Posts: 758
    Edit: I was commenting to tell you that the Security+ knocks off one year, but then realized you already said that.

    If you've been in IT for a number of years I think you could handle the CISSP. I've just accepted a job that requires it within 6 months. Jump on the wagon and we'll race for it! icon_lol.gif
    CISSP | CCNA:R&S/Security | MCSA 2003 | A+ S+ | VCP6-DTM | CCA-V CCP-V
  • JinuyrJinuyr Member Posts: 251 ■■□□□□□□□□
    haha, would be a cool thought, but alas I'm studying for 2 other certifications at the same time. Busy busy...
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