The CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. Security threats are increasing in number and severity, and the gap between the need for security professionals and qualified IT personnel is the largest of any IT specialty, according to a 2008 CompTIA study. Even in a troubled economy, most businesses plan to maintain or increase their investment in security.
CompTIA Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that proves competency in system security, network infrastructure, access control and organisational security. Major organisations that employ CompTIA Security+ certified staff include Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, Symantec, Telstra, Hitachi, Ricoh, Unisys, Hilton Hotels Corp., General Mills, the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines.
Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Security+ candidates have at least two years of technical networking experience, with an emphasis on security. The CompTIA Network+ certification is also recommended.
For IT professionals requiring re-certification:
The newest version of the CompTIA Security+ certification exam was launched in late 2008. IT professionals who are encouraged or required by their employers to remain current on their certifications have two options: They can take the new version of the exam, or they can take the CompTIA Security+ bridge exam, which covers the new objectives. The test, exam code BR0-001, is a 60-minute, 50-question test available in English. A passing score is 560 on a scale of 100-900. Only professionals who are currently CompTIA Security+ certified under 2002 exam objectives are eligible to become CompTIA Security+ 2008 certified by taking the bridge exam.
“Compliance is very important to Avaya. CompTIA Security+ ensures that our security technicians have a basic understanding of the best way to implement a security system."
Regional Solutions Engineer, Avaya
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