Successful completion of this exam will demonstrate a candidate ‘s ability to deploy enterprise patch management tools through the application of standard security techniques. Candidates will also demonstrate the use of a security configuration checklist (also called a lockdown, hardening guide, or benchmark) for verifying that the product has been configured properly, and/or for identifying unauthorized changes to the product. The candidate will have a strong understanding of each step in the Risk Management Framework (RMF). They will also be able demonstrate their ability to implement security and privacy controls for federal information systems and other organizations.
Candidates will have a 60 day period to complete the exam. Candidates will have one attempt at each exam; each exam is timed.
- SP 800-40 Rev. 3 – Guide to Enterprise Patch Management Technologies
- SP 800-53 Rev. 4 – Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations (RA Family)
- SP 800-70 Rev.2 National Checklist Program for IT Products—Guidelines for Checklist Users and Developers
Candidates must possess at least 3 Years relevant experience in information security or engineering of cloud systems in order to obtain the Certified Expert certificate. Those that pass the test, but do not possess the requisite experience, will be awarded the Certified Expert Associate certificate. Once the required experience is achieved, they may resubmit for the Certified Expert certificate.
Renewal: Each certification must be renewed annually; requiring 20 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) and payment of a $75 certification renewal fee.
If the exam is successfully completed prior to 2017, the candidate is considered a CCE Program Early Adopter. As a thank you, all early adopters will have their annual PDC requirement and annual fee waived on their first anniversary.
Additional details regarding PDC and renewal fee submission will be sent to all early adopters early 2017.
Once you have successfully passed the test with a 70% grade, you can obtain your certificate by submitting proof that you meet the requirements (resume or other documentation) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the requirements are verified, you will receive your certificate by email and a paper copy will be mailed to your physical address. (Please include your current physical address with your submission).
Experience Documentation Audits: All submissions are subject to an audit.
Each submission has a 30-day audit window from the date of submission. If your submission is selected for an audit, you will be notified via email within this window. The audit notification provides detailed information on how to comply with the terms of the audit.