An overview of CompTIA Security+

An overview of CompTIA Security+

Henry Dalziel | CompTIA | October 23, 2012

With the demand for Information Security professionals increasing, many youngsters and IT pros (at various stages in their career) are seeking InfoSec certs.

One of the more popular is the vendor-neutral CompTIA Security+.

This post is to outline some broad reasons for getting certified and a couple of words on the exam itself.

OK – so why bother getting certified?

In summary – Government employees working in the Information Technology and Computer Security fields, are now expected to complete the Security+ exam in order to stay compliant with the DoD 8570 policy. In addition, many non-government companies are also requesting that all their employees receive CompTIA Security+ certification as part of their yearly training plan. That in itself is huge and clearly a massive endoresment to the relevance and value of securing the InfoSec qualification.

Industry standard certifications like CompTIA, ISC2, mile2 and EC-Council are great ways to make your resume excel – most professionals seeking employment opportunities as a Security Specialist or a Network Administrator will greatly benefit from obtaining a Security+ certification. Getting Security+ certified will also increase your probability of getting a pay-rise since your skills will be that more in-demand – espeically since they have been “validated”.

Few words about the CompTIA Security+ Exam – aka SY0-201 and JK0-015

So the exam contains 100 questions which need to be answered in 90 minutes or less. The exam is multiple choice and a score of 750 or higher on a scale of 100-900 must be obtained to pass and be awarded with the certification. CompTIA recommends that you have former network and security experience, but it is not mandatory – so that is an excellent enough reason to get certified to launch your career!

The course is broken down into these core modules:

Systems Security – 21%
Network Infrastructure – 20%
Access Control – 17%
Assessments and Audits – 15%
Cryptography – 15%
Organizational Security – 12%

Good luck with your course if you are studying it – and if you are – how are you finding it? Drop us a line below and tell us if you think it is worthwhile.

Leave a comment or reply below...thanks!