The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) examination is an intermediate-level credential for cybersecurity professionals. The exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to:
- Perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats, and risks to an organization
- Configure and use threat detection tools
- Secure and protect applications and systems within an organization
The behavioral analytics skills covered by the CompTIA CSA+ certification identify and combat malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs), resulting in better threat visibility across a broad attack surface by focusing on network behavior, including an organization’s interior network.
Why did CompTIA develop CSA+?
As attackers have learned to evade traditional signature-based solutions, an analytics-based approach has become extremely important. CSA+ applies behavioral analytics to the IT security market to improve the overall state of security.
CSA+ also bridges the professional level CompTIA Security+ (which targets cybersecurity professionals with at least two years of on-the-job experience) and the mastery level CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner CASP certification (which targets security pros with five or more years of experience).
CSA+ is government approved
CompTIA CSA+ meets the ISO 17024 standard and is approved by U.S. Department of Defense to fulfill Directive 8570.01-M requirements. It is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).