1 Shagal

Sscp Domain Research Paper

This article profiles the SSCP exam, an entry-level security exam sponsored by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., or (ISC)2. Pearson IT Certification provides a variety of exam preparation tools to help our customers in their quest for certification. As part of our service to you, we have developed this Exam Profile series. Each profile is developed based on the testing experience of one of our trainers or authors. You won’t get exact questions or answers, but you will get a real feel for the exam. Each profile describes question forms, trouble spots, hints for exam preparation, and recommendations for additional study resources. Find out what you can expect to see on the exam and how you can better prepare for it.

The SSCP exam is an entry-level security exam sponsored by International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., or (ISC)2. It is considered by many to be a stepping stone on the path to earning the (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner (CISSP). (ISC)2 describes the person with the SSCP certification as the person doing the hands-on work, or the enforcer that everyone is going to for answers. However, don’t think that this means that you’ll be asked a lot of questions of how to use specific tools. The exam is still focused on understanding key security concepts.

  • Exam Type: Proctored
  • This is a paper-based exam administered by proctors. You’ll be filling in little circles with an old-fashioned #2 pencil. It is often administered in a hotel conference room. If you take a review seminar, it is usually administered in the same place as the seminar. There will be several proctors walking around the room while you are taking the test.

  • Number of questions: 125
  • Only 100 questions are graded. The other 25 questions are for research purposes, but they are mixed into the entire 125 questions so you won’t know which questions are graded. You’ll need to answer every question as if it’s graded.

  • Type of Questions: Multiple choice
  • The questions are basic multiple choice questions. You may have some scenario-based items where you’ll read a scenario and then answer two or more questions related to the scenario. You aren’t penalized for wrong answers, so make sure you answer each question.

  • Passing score: 700/1000
  • The questions are weighted, so a score of 700 doesn’t indicate that you need to get exactly 70 questions correct.

  • Time limit: 3 hours
  • You’re expected to arrive at 8 AM, instructions begin at 8:30, and the exam starts at 9. If you’re late, you probably won’t be allowed in. You’ll have until 12:00 to take the exam while other people will likely be taking the CISSP exam which lasts until 3:00 PM.

  • How to register: (ISC)2 Website
  • Registering for this exam is different than many other vendor exams such as CompTIA, Cisco, and Microsoft exams. You start the process at this page.

    After clicking on the link to register, you’ll be able to search for when the exam is administered in your area. There are a limited number of seats at each exam and they often sell out before the test day, so if one is in your area, sign up early. You’ll be prompted to agree to the code of ethics during the process and after registering, you’ll be emailed admission documents. You’ll need these documents on the day of the exam, along with a government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport.

  • Exam price: $300.
  • If you register at least 16 days early, you can get a $50 discount. In other words, you can take the exam for $250 instead of $300. However, if you have to reschedule, there’s a hefty rescheduling fee of $100.

  • Time to get results: About 4 to 6 weeks
  • Unlike many exams where you know right away whether you pass or not, you’ll need to wait for the SSCP results. (ISC)2 says you’ll get the results in your email about 4 to 6 weeks after taking the exam, but they often come a little earlier.

    1. Krawczak M., Ball,E.V., Fenton,I., Stenson,P.D., Abeysinghe,S., Thomas,N. and Cooper,D.N. (2000) Human gene mutation database-a biomedical information and research resource. Hum. Mutat., 15, 45–51. [PubMed]

    2. Shen D. and Vadgama,J.V. (1999) BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutation analysis: visit to the Breast Cancer Information Core (BIC). Oncol. Res., 11, 63–69. [PubMed]

    3. Szabo C., Masiello,A., Ryan,J.F. and Brody,L.C. (2000) The breast cancer information core: database design, structure and scope. Hum. Mutat., 16, 123–131. [PubMed]

    4. Orita M., Suzuki,Y., Sekiya,T. and Hayashi,K. (1989) Rapid and sensitive detection of point mutations and DNA polymorphisms using the polymerase chain reaction. Genomics, 5, 874–879. [PubMed]

    5. Orita M., Iwahana,H., Kanazawa,H., Hayashi,K. and Sekiya,T. (1989) Detection of polymorphisms of human DNA by gel electrophoresis as single-strand conformation polymorphisms. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA, 86, 2766–2770. [PMC free article][PubMed]

    6. Nagamine C.M., Chan,K. and Lau,Y.F. (1989) A PCR artifact: generation of heteroduplexes. Am. J. Hum. Genet., 45, 337–339. [PMC free article][PubMed]

    7. Keen J., Lester,D., Inglehearn,C., Curtis,A. and Bhattacharya,S. (1991) Rapid detection of single base mismatches as heteroduplexes on Hydrolink gels. Trends Genet., 7, 5. [PubMed]

    8. Keen T.J., Inglehearn,C.F., Lester,D.H., Bashir,R., Jay,M., Bird,A.C., Jay,B. and Bhattacharya,S.S. (1991) Autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa: four new mutations in rhodopsin, one of them in the retinal attachment site. Genomics, 11, 199–205. [PubMed]

    9. Murakami Y., Katahira,M., Makino,R., Hayashi,K., Hirohashi,S. and Sekiya,T. (1991) Inactivation of the retinoblastoma gene in a human lung carcinoma cell line detected by single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis of the polymerase chain reaction product of cDNA. Oncogene, 6, 37–42. [PubMed]

    10. Michaud J., Brody,L.C., Steel,G., Fontaine,G., Martin,L.S., Valle,D. and Mitchell,G. (1992) Strand-separating conformational polymorphism analysis: efficacy of detection of point mutations in the human ornithine delta-aminotransferase gene. Genomics, 13, 389–394. [PubMed]

    11. Vidal-Puig A. and Moller,D.E. (1994) Comparative sensitivity of alternative single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) methods. Biotechniques, 17, 490–492, 494, 496. [PubMed]

    12. Ravnik-Glavac M., Glavac,D. and Dean,M. (1994) Sensitivity of single-strand conformation polymorphism and heteroduplex method for mutation detection in the cystic fibrosis gene. Hum. Mol. Genet., 3, 801–807. [PubMed]

    13. Hayashi K. (1991) PCR-SSCP: a simple and sensitive method for detection of mutations in the genomic DNA. PCR Methods Appl., 1, 34–38. [PubMed]

    14. Sheffield V.C., Beck,J.S., Kwitek,A.E., Sandstrom,D.W. and Stone,E.M. (1993) The sensitivity of single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis for the detection of single base substitutions. Genomics, 16, 325–332. [PubMed]

    15. Ganguly A., Rock,M.J. and Prockop,D.J. (1993) Conformation-sensitive gel electrophoresis for rapid detection of single-base differences in double-stranded PCR products and DNA fragments: evidence for solvent-induced bends in DNA heteroduplexes. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci USA, 90, 10325–10329. [PMC free article][PubMed]

    16. Perry D.J. and Carrell,R.W. (1992) Hydrolink gels: a rapid and simple approach to the detection of DNA mutations in thromboembolic disease. J. Clin. Pathol., 45, 158–160. [PMC free article][PubMed]

    17. Gayther S.A., Harrington,P., Russell,P., Kharkevich,G., Garkavtseva,R.F. and Ponder,B.A. (1996) Rapid detection of regionally clustered germ-line BRCA1 mutations by multiplex heteroduplex analysis UKCCCR. Familial Ovarian Cancer Study Group. Am. J. Hum. Genet., 58, 451–456. [PMC free article][PubMed]

    18. Cotton R.G.H. (1997) Heteroduplex analysis (HA). In Cotton,R.G.H. (ed.), Mutation Detection. Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York, Tokyo, pp. 58–67.

    19. Maynard J.H. and Upadhyaya,M. (1998) High-throughput screening for the detection of unknown mutations: improved productivity using heteroduplex analysis. Biotechniques, 25, 648–651. [PubMed]

    20. Boyd M., Lanyon,W.G. and Connor,J.M. (1993) Screening for molecular pathologies in Lesch-Nyhan syndrome. Hum. Mutat., 2, 127–130. [PubMed]

    21. Lohmann D.R., Brandt,B., Hopping,W., Passarge,E. and Horsthemke,B. (1996) The spectrum of RB1 germ-line mutations in hereditary retinoblastoma. Am. J. Hum. Genet., 58, 940–949. [PMC free article][PubMed]

    22. Abernathy C.R., Rasmussen,S.A., Stalker,H.J., Zori,R., Driscoll,D.J., Williams,C.A., Kousseff,B.G. and Wallace,M.R. (1997) NF1 mutation analysis using a combined heteroduplex/SSCP approach. Hum. Mutat., 9, 548–554. [PubMed]

    23. Wikman F.P., Katballe,N., Christensen,M., Laurberg,S. and Orntoft,T.F. (2000) Efficient mutation detection in mismatch repair genes using a combination of single-strand conformational polymorphism and heteroduplex analysis at a controlled temperature. Genet. Test., 4, 15–21. [PubMed]

    24. Cotton R.G.H. (1997) Single strand conformation analysis (SSCA). In Cotton,R.G.H. (ed.), Mutation Detection. Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York, Tokyo, pp. 45–58.

    25. Hayashi K. (1999) Recent enhancements in SSCP. Genet. Anal., 14, 193–196. [PubMed]

    26. Makino R., Yazyu,H., Kishimoto,Y., Sekiya,T. and Hayashi,K. (1992) F-SSCP: fluorescence-based polymerase chain reaction-single-strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) analysis. PCR Methods Appl., 2, 10–13. [PubMed]

    27. Ellison J., Dean,M. and Goldman,D. (1993) Efficacy of fluorescence-based PCR-SSCP for detection of point mutations. Biotechniques, 15, 684–691. [PubMed]

    28. Iwahana H., Yoshimoto,K., Mizusawa,N., Kudo,E. and Itakura,M. (1994) Multiple fluorescence-based PCR-SSCP analysis. Biotechniques, 16, 296–297, 300–305. [PubMed]

    29. Iwahana H., Fujimura,M., Takahashi,Y., Iwabuchi,T., Yoshimoto,K. and Itakura,M. (1996) Multiple fluorescence-based PCR-SSCP analysis using internal fluorescent labeling of PCR products. Biotechniques, 21, 510–514, 516–519. [PubMed]

    30. Iwahana H., Adzuma,K., Takahashi,Y., Katashima,R., Yoshimoto,K. and Itakura,M. (1995) Multiple fluorescence-based PCR-SSCP analysis with postlabeling. PCR Methods Appl., 4, 275–282. [PubMed]

    31. Inazuka M., Tahira,T. and Hayashi,K. (1996) One-tube post-PCR fluorescent labeling of DNA fragments. Genome Res., 6, 551–557. [PubMed]

    32. Dobson-Stone C., Cox,R.D., Lonie,L., Southam,L., Fraser,M., Wise,C., Bernier,F., Hodgson,S., Porter,D.E., Simpson,A.H. and Monaco,A.P. (2000) Comparison of fluorescent single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis and denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography for detection of EXT1 and EXT2 mutations in hereditary multiple exostoses. Eur. J. Hum. Genet., 8, 24–32. [PubMed]

    33. Inazuka M., Wenz,H.M., Sakabe,M., Tahira,T. and Hayashi,K. (1997) A streamlined mutation detection system: multicolor post-PCR fluorescence labeling and single-strand conformational polymorphism analysis by capillary electrophoresis. Genome Res., 7, 1094–1103. [PMC free article][PubMed]

    34. Atha D.H., Wenz,H.M., Morehead,H., Tian,J. and O’Connell,C.D. (1998) Detection of p53 point mutations by single strand conformation polymorphism: analysis by capillary electrophoresis. Electrophoresis, 19, 172–179. [PubMed]

    35. Ren J. and Ueland,P.M. (1999) Temperature and pH effects on single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis by capillary electrophoresis. Hum. Mutat., 13, 458–463. [PubMed]

    36. Larsen L.A., Christiansen,M., Vuust,J. and Andersen,P.S. (1999) High-throughput single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis by automated capillary electrophoresis: robust multiplex analysis and pattern-based identification of allelic variants. Hum. Mutat., 13, 318–327. [PubMed]

    37. Tian H., Jaquins-Gerstl,A., Munro,N., Trucco,M., Brody,L.C. and Landers,J.P. (2000) Single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis by capillary and microchip electrophoresis: a fast, simple method for detection of common mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2. Genomics, 63, 25–34. [PubMed]

    38. Ganguly T., Dhulipala,R., Godmilow,L. and Ganguly,A. (1998) High throughput fluorescence-based conformation-sensitive gel electrophoresis (F-CSGE) identifies six unique BRCA2 mutations and an overall low incidence of BRCA2 mutations in high-risk BRCA1-negative breast cancer families. Hum. Genet., 102, 549–556. [PubMed]

    39. Blesa J.R. and Hernandez-Yago,J. (2000) Adaptation of conformation-sensitive gel electrophoresis to an ALFexpress DNA sequencer to screen BRCA1 mutations. Biotechniques, 28, 1019–1025. [PubMed]

    40. Tian H., Brody,L.C. and Landers,J.P. (2000) Rapid detection of deletion, insertion and substitution mutations via heteroduplex analysis using capillary- and microchip-based electrophoresis. Genome Res., 10, 1403–1413. [

    Leave a Comment

    (0 Comments)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *