Check Point’s Certified Security Principles Associate
In a rare and interesting move from a vendor of security products and solutions, Check Point recently introduced a new entry-level information security credential as part of its certification program. The CCSPA is a single-exam credential that is about as vendor neutral as certifications in vendor-sponsored programs tend to get, that concentrates on validating candidate proficiency in security fundamentals, basic concepts, and best practices and procedures. It also goes beyond terms in concepts in that the exam also stresses individuals’ abilities to prescribe basic security solutions based on stated business requirements.
To qualify for this certification, candidates must take and pass exam 156-110 Check Point Certified Security Principles Associate. It’s available at VUE for $150 (you must first sign up for a Check Point ID before registering for any Check Point exams); the time slot for this exam is 90 minutes. Courseware for this exam is available from Check Point online.
A quick review of the objectives for this exam reveals that it has a truly general focus on basic information security concepts, principles and practices. It covers physical security, software security, and human security (the “infosec triad”), basic security principles and lifecycles, and risk assessment and management. It also deals with countermeasures and safeguards, as well security policy analysis, design, formulation, deployment, and maintenance issues. Likewise, business continuity topics and issues, operational security matters, and access controls are covered. Issues related to security training and communications are included, as are the basics of security architecture, intrusion detection, attack types and signatures, incident handling, encryption, and so forth. All in all, it’s a pretty good test of a person’s basic security skills and knowledge.
The credential makes an excellent first step into the field of information security, and into Check Point’s nearly half-dozen other certifications as well. Worth looking into!