CompTIA Certifications

CompTIA Security+

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The new Security+ SY0-501 is scheduled to launch to the public on October 25, 2017. CompTIA encourages partners to attend the Security+ Partner Webinar on May 23.

Overview

CompTIA Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

Why is Security+ different?

  • No other certification that assesses baseline cybersecurity skills has performance-based questions on the exam. Security+ emphasizes hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of issues.
  • More choose Security+ for DoD 8570 compliance than any other certification.
  • Focuses on the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection.
  • The new Security+ certification covers the Junior IT Auditor/Penetration Tester job role, in addition to the previous job roles for Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, and Security Administrator.

Key Benefits

  • Security+ is the first security certification IT professionals should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs.
  • Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on trouble-shooting to ensure security professionals have practical security problem-solving skills. Cybersecurity professionals with Security+ know how to address security incidents – not just identify them.
  • Recent updates ensure the exam keeps pace with the evolving security landscape. Security+ is developed by leading IT experts and industry-wide survey feedback.
  • Security+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements.

Exam Domains

Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities
21%
Technologies and Tools
22%
Architecture and Design
15%
Identity and Access Management
16%
Risk Management
14%
Cryptography and PKI
12%

What’s New

Version SY0-501 is designed to better reflect today’s best practices for risk management and risk mitigation. The updated exam covers a greater emphasis on a security professional’s practical and hands-on ability to both identify and address security threats, attacks and vulnerabilities.

The new version has also been updated to reflect how cybersecurity jobs are becoming more specialized. As new skills (like security analytics) become more prevalent, skills covered in Security+ have become a baseline for all cybersecurity jobs. Because of this, the importance of and demand for Security+ has increased for a broader variety of job roles.

Top Security+ Job Roles

  • Systems Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Security Administrator
  • Junior IT Auditor/Penetration Tester
  • Security Specialist
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Engineer

Organizations that have contributed to the development of Security+

  • Northrop Grumman
  • State of Minnesota
  • Nationwide
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Norfolk University
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Agile Defense, Inc.
  • The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI)
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Brotherhood Mutual
  • The Joint Commission

Exam Details

Exam Codes SY0-401 SY0-501
Launch Date May 1, 2014 October 25, 2017
Exam Description The CompTIA Security+ exam will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations. The successful candidate will perform these tasks to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
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 Candidates should have CompTIA Network+ or equivalent networking experience.
Languages English, Japanese and Portuguese English
(Japanese and Portuguese to be released Q3 2017)
Retirement English retirement: July 2018; Japanese and Portuguese: Dec 2018 TBD - Usually three years after launch.