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  • Congrats!  I earned SSCP a few months ago, and my experience with it was similar.  I thought it was a little more challenging that Sec+, and some different concepts were introduced, but I think both exams complement one another.  And I d…
  • Since I have SSCP and plan on CISSP in the next few months, I'm glad for not paying for two certs.  I don't love the fees, but I recognized the continuing education is a necessary part of the certification before I took the exam.  
  • Most of the time, the biggest critics I meet of a specific certification or degree, generally are critics of any certification or degree.  Most IT admins or managers that I've spoken with that deride certs and degrees, either never bothered to try t…
  • It is generally a bit slower in December at my work with the holidays, end of year, etc.  Our company doesn't like a lot of change in December and January due to closing, budget adjustments, holidays, etc.  So, I suspect you are just seeing that in …
  • Congrats!  As advised, I would consider going after CISSP.  I, too, passed SSCP a couple months ago, and am on that track as the SSCP already puts one partway there in terms of subject matter.  Also, there are, I recall, over 100K CISSP certified in…
  • I'm on track to finish a BS in IT.  As for certs I'm aiming to complete Pentest+ and CISSP this year.  And I've been on and off studying for CWNA for over a year, so I need to get that one done.
  • Ah.  I had gotten an Acclaim badge for my SSCP, but then this week got loads of notifications on CompTIA.  I thought they had already been on the Acclaim badge wagon, but guess not.  I dunno whether Acclaim would become the standard for prospective …
  • I'm using Boson to study for CISSP right now.  They seem decent to me.  I took SSCP a couple months ago, and still found it to be, as you state, slightly more difficult than Security+.  And while SSCP does cover some of the Security+ topics, it also…
  • Congrats!  Thanks for the insight.  I'm thinking more about this one.  Just finishing a pretty basic forensics course this semester in college, and this might be a good follow-up.
  • Do you mean you used the Sybex published SSCP CBK OR the - also Sybex published SSCP Official Study Guide?  I mostly used the Sybex Official Study Guide and the All-in-One, and either seemed good for preparation.  I also read through the SSCP CBK on…
  • Congrats!
  • Congrats.  This one is on my list.
  • You might consider SSCP. It's certainly not as popular as CISSP, but there is a lot of the overlap material in SSCP and CISSP - it seems to me anyway as I study for CISSP - albeit CISSP is more advanced.
  • My understanding, as I study for CISSP myself, is that you must show "above proficiency" in all the 7 domains to pass. So, yes, if even one shows a "below proficiency" you will fail the whole exam. Makes the exam tough.
  • EANx wrote: » Personally, I like to see an Associate's Degree more than a Bachelor's. Many people get a Bachelor's on scholarship or parents pay for it and often it's simply a way to delay moving into the world of work. Someone who has an Associat…
  • I don't work in our security roles at our organization, however it seems the IT security is hot. Hence I suspect your co-workers are taking their experience to other employers for better salaries. If they are leaving it only makes your job more se…
  • Below is my timeline. Most of the date ranges follow the years I was employed at each employer. I've been fortunate that most of my IT job jumps have all been to get a better paying gig. Individually, I don't know that any of the certs or degrees…
  • To advance in an IT career you're probably going to have to work on your anxiety. If just taking a test "scares the daylights" out of you, imagine how you'll do when the email server is down and 2,000 users are saying "I need it now!!!" Test-taki…
  • Congrats. Great job.
  • I agree with malachi1612 and Pseudonym on aiming first for the more foundational CompTIA A+ and Network+ certs. Whatever you learn starting there will carry further into later, more specific vendor certs. In fact, if you complete A+ first - which …
  • You were best to wear the suit. Really, being overdressed is better than looking too casual, even when many businesses are moreso going the business casual way. It gives the impression you care. We recently had someone try the "business casual" …
  • I generally agree with TechGromit, unless you are considering a move to management, career-wise you may not see the return on the investment. That being said...if you're earlier in your career, in a few years you may feel differently about manage…
  • LonerVamp wrote: » I like to post quizlet sets that give about 50% wrong answers for various exams and such. (I don't really, but just making a point.) LOL. Yeah, but there is still helpful quizzes there. I've used several, and fou…
  • Are you using an practice exams you can find? I think Quizlet probably has flash cards and online quizzes if you're running out of practice options. I took N+ several versions ago, so I don't know if the newer exam has any particularly tough parts.
  • I took the beta exam for CySA+, so I did not have access to these CySA+ specific study materials. However, I did use CEH study materials and practice exams to help prep. The subject matter seemed similar. So, for variety you might try some CEH pr…
  • capricorn80 wrote: » Thanks. I saw this which looks more good in my local store. https://www.amazon.com/Certified-Information-Security-Professional-Official/dp/1119523265/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540909187&sr=8-1&keywords=%28ISC%2…
  • I recently earned the SSCP, and think it's worthwhile to pursue. I don't know how much specific IT experience you have, but one caveat to the SSCP is you must have experience in one of the domains covered by the exam material. You could still take…
  • paul78 wrote: » Tough question and you will likely get varying response and opinions. I've always viewed CISSP more as an entry level type certification that covers basic security concepts. The value that I usually derive from knowing that some…