CompTIA Certifications

CompTIA Security+


CompTIA’s Security+ exam validates foundational, vendor-neutral IT security knowledge and skills required to identify risk, participate in risk mitigation activities and provide infrastructure, application, information and operational security. The successful candidate will apply security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability; identify appropriate technologies and products; troubleshoot security events and incidents, and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws and regulations.

CompTIA Security+ is intended for an IT security professional with a minimum of 2 years of IT administration with a focus on security and day-to-day technical information security experience.

Exam Domains

Network Security
Compliance and Operational Security
Threats and Vulnerabilities
Application, Data and Host Security
Access Control and Identity Management

CompTIA Security+ is accredited by ANSI as meeting the ISO/IEC 17024 standard and is approved by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfill Directive 8570.01-M requirements. It is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

What’s New

The Security+ exam is scheduled to be updated to SY0-501 for the summer of 2017, approximately three years after the release of the current exam. The current SY0-401 exam will be retired approximately six months after the new exam is released. Please plan accordingly. These dates are subject to change.

Popular Job Roles

  • Security Specialist/Administrator
  • Security Consultant
  • Security or Systems Administrator
  • Network Administrator

Organizations that Recommend or Teach Security+

  • Apple
  • Dell
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • US Department of Defense (DoD)

Exam Details

Exam Codes SY0-401 SY0-501
Launch Date May 1, 2014 October 4, 2017
Exam Description CompTIA Security+ certification covers network security, compliance and operation security, threats and vulnerabilities as well as application, data and host security. Also included are access control, identity management, and cryptography.
Number of Questions Maximum of 90 questions TBD
Type of Questions Multiple choice and performance-based
Length of Test 90 Minutes TBD
Passing Score 750 (on a scale of 100-900) TBD
Recommended Experience CompTIA Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus
Languages English, Japanese and Portuguese English (other languages TBD)
Retirement English retirement: July 2018; Japanese and Portuguese: Dec 2018 TBD - Usually three years after launch.