Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

The Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) is ideal for IT administrators, managers, directors and network security professionals responsible for the hands-on operational security of their organization's critical assets. Common job positions for SSCP holders include Network Security Engineer, Systems Administrator, Security Analyst, Systems Engineer, Security Administrator, Systems/Network Analyst, and Database Administrator.  They implement, monitor and administer IT infrastructure using security best practices.

This program prepares students for the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification exam and a career as a network or security administrator. Learn about access controls and security operations, monitoring and incident recovery, cryptography and network security, and systems and application security.

Since this course is delivered completely online, students will need to have the self-discipline to complete all required material on their own.  A course instructor will be available to assist students with questions and to lead online activities during the course of the class.

According to U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 10% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland. Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 1,180.  Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. explain authentication, identity management, and network trusts;
  2. identify strategies developed by cyber adversaries to attack networks and hosts and the countermeasures deployed to defend them;
  3. demonstrate the ability to install and configure network and host-based security technologies;
  4. demonstrate the ability to implement risk management, security assessment, and incident handling;
  5. use cryptography, encryption, Public Key Infrastructure, and certificates; and
  6. implement security auditing, and systems monitoring and analysis.

CCBC Pathway

Technology and Engineering Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential: Students will be prepared to take the (ISC)² SSCP certification exam.

Certifying Organization: International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)².

Please note: For the SSCP certification, one year of cumulative work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the SSCP CBK is required. If you do not have the required experience, you may still sit for the exam and become an Associate of (ISC)² until you have gained the required experience.  Information about the SSCP credential and exam is available on their website:

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Length

2 months

Program Requirements

Academic requirements:

  • Base knowledge about computer hardware, networking, and security knowledge. Recommended that you first take CompTIA A+ and Network+ or have the equivalent of two years of experience working with computers.

Computer requirements:

  • PC - Windows 10 or later or Mac - macOS 10.6 or later. Mac users are encouraged to have access to a Windows environment on their device.
  • Browser - latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public School Blueprint funding.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Info


PCO 278

Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)


Included in course fee



Additional Information

Addtional Expenses:

SSCP Certification exam = $249

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Tiffany Uzegbu | | 443-840-4442 | Catonsville BESS 100L

Admininstrative Assistant: Danielle Bennett | | 443-840-4925 | Catonsville BESS 100