CISSP or SSCP first

test4500test4500 Junior MemberPosts: 4Registered Users ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi am changing tack and trying to get some security qualifications to go with my Cloud certs (AWS SA-A and CD-A).
I have completed Cisco Cyber Ops (210-250 & 255) and have some basic security expertise (Compia Security+) and am a MCP and CIPP/E

Should I take SSCP then CISSP? ...or just do CISSP? ..some considerations:
1) is it a big jump to just do CISSP in 3 months
2) would they certify me easily? (I have degree and 20 years IT experience)
3) Would it help me get a job in Info Sec management?

thanks for any replies
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  • mikey88mikey88 CISSP, CySA+, Security+, Network+ and others Posts: 468Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    edited August 14
    test4500 said:

    Should I take SSCP then CISSP? ...or just do CISSP? ..some considerations:

    I say go straight for CISSP since since SSCP is more entry level.

    1) is it a big jump to just do CISSP in 3 months

    It is possible to do it in 3 months but don't limit yourself too much and make sure to fully understand the material or it will get expensive real quick.

    2) would they certify me easily? (I have degree and 20 years IT experience)

    You need 5yrs of experience in 2/8 domains. You should be fine, but just go over the domains to be sure.

    3) Would it help me get a job in Info Sec management?

    It will help you get past the hr filters and land an interview. It is up to you to seal the deal. CISSP is highly sought after so it will definitely help.

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  • LonerVampLonerVamp OSCP, GCFA, GWAPT, CISSP, OSWP, CCNA Cyber Ops, Sec+, Linux+, AWS CCP, CCSK Posts: 362Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Personally, the only reason to do the SSCP should be inability to meet the experience requirements of the CISSP. Meeting that, do the CISSP.

    For people who have not yet done Security+ (or others like that Cyber Ops) and may be weaker on security topics in general, I always suggest tackling the Security+ first. But you have that, so.... :)

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  • test4500test4500 Junior Member Posts: 4Registered Users ■■□□□□□□□□
    thanks for the reply - yes my main concern is not meeting the experience requirements, it a lot of expense/time for not to be given the qualification  - would doing SSCP make the CISSP any easier (ie is there much overlap) - say 2 months for SSCP then (not three months but..) two months for CISSP
  • Fulcrum45Fulcrum45 Posts: 591Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    It sounds to me like you have the experience to go straight to the CISSP- but take my advice for what little it's worth as I don't have either certs lol. I'm looking at doing the SSCP only because I'm not 100% sure I have the 5 years of required experience to obtain the sponsorship for the CISSP. I hope an introduction into the ISC2 organization can lead to other opportunities to change that. 
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,386Admin Admin
    If you have the experience for the full cert then go straight for the CISSP. If you don't feel comfortable enough to study for the CISSP then start with the SSCP as a confidence-builder.
  • test4500test4500 Junior Member Posts: 4Registered Users ■■□□□□□□□□
    hmm...thanks for the comments really useful ..am leaning to just doing CISSP ....but am still a bit on the fence ....

    if we 'assumed' it took 3 months to do CISSP ......how long would it take (with comparable effort) to do SSCP? - one month?
  • nevermorenevermore Posts: 23Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I roughly put in close to 100 hours over a 6 week window to prepare for the exam.  Some days were full days devoted to study while others during the week when I had to work I would squeeze in a couple hours per night.  Did not take any days off of reading and studying while working towards taking the exam.  You can use that as a gauge for how long it may take you to prepare.  Not having taken the SSCP, I can not provide an estimate but it would be safe to assume a bit less time to prepare.
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  • bjpeterbjpeter Posts: 195Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited August 14
    I did not take the SSCP. I have the CSSLP, CISSP, and (waiting to get endorsed for) CCSP. I plan to get the SSCP just to “mop up” the last (ISC)2 exam I am qualified to take.

    I think after you get your CISSP, the SSCP will be a walk in the park.
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  • stryder144stryder144 Posts: 1,579Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Since you have the Security+, you can deduct one year off of the experience requirement (see here).  From my understanding, please take it with a grain of salt as I am just now studying for the exam, (ISC)2 is fairly liberal with their interpretation for experience.  A CISSP that I talked to said that for the IAM domain he submitted experience that he had setting up user accounts in Active Directory.  He also did data backups and malware remediation, as well.  He submitted his paperwork with an endorsement from another CISSP and everything was accepted.  Naturally, your mileage may vary.  If there is a local (ISC)2 chapter in your area, it might be beneficial for you to contact them and ask them for their opinion as to whether your experience would count or not.
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  • test4500test4500 Junior Member Posts: 4Registered Users ■■□□□□□□□□
    thanks for the advise/comments everyone .....am edging back to just going all out for CISSP for 3 months starting end Sept!
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