CompTIA Security+ (Plus) Certification
CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills you need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.
CompTIA 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.
Although the exam objectives document is longer, the new exam actually has fewer objectives. CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601) has 35 exam objectives, compared to 37 on SY0-501. The difference is that the exam objectives for SY0-601 include more examples under each objective – the number of examples increased by about 25%.
CompTIA Security+ 601 focuses on the most up-to-date and current skills needed for the following tasks:
- Assess the cybersecurity posture of an enterprise environment - Recommend and implement appropriate cybersecurity solutions - Monitor and secure hybrid environments - Operate with an awareness of applicable laws and policies - Identify, analyze and respond to cybersecurity events and incidents
This was intentional to help you better understand the meaning of each exam objective. The more examples and details we provide, the more helpful the exam objectives are for IT pros to prepare for their certification exam and, ultimately, the job itself.
But remember, exam objectives are not exhaustive: you may encounter other examples of technologies, processes or tasks on the exam. The exam questions are not based on these bulleted examples, but on the overarching exam objectives themselves. CompTIA is constantly reviewing exam content and updating questions to ensure relevance and exam integrity.
CompTIA 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. As you may know, Security+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements.
Although CompTIA does not impose any prerequisites, we recommend that candidates obtain the Network+ credential or have at least one year of IT administration experience with a security focus.
SY0-501 Exam Cost
Number of questions:
Maximum of 90
Types of questions:
Multiple choice and performance-based
Length of test:
750 (on a scale of 100–900)
- 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% Total 100%
The CompTIA Security+ certification is good for three years from the day of your exam. The CE program allows you to extend your certification in three-year intervals through activities and training that relate to the content of your certification.
You can participate in a number of activities and training programs, including higher certifications, to renew your CompTIA Security+ certification. Training Camp offers a wide range of services to help collect the required 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in the three year window.
While our Training Camp boot camps were developed with the expectation that students do not have enough time to complete a rigorous self-study syllabus prior to attending class, we offer students that feel that extra preparation would be helpful a targeted list of self-study objectives that can be completed.
AWARD-WINNING COMPTIA PLATINUM PARTNER FOR SECURITY+
Training Camp is an CompTIA Platinum Partner, the highest level of CompTIA partnership. This elite status gives us the advantage of direct access to the latest updates on the CompTIA exams, and a stamp of approval for potential clients on the quality training we provide. No other training company has hosted more successful Security+ training than us since 1998.