As attackers have learned to evade traditional signature-based solutions, such as firewalls and anti-virus software, an analytics-based approach within the IT security industry is increasingly important for organizations. CompTIA CySA+ applies behavioral analytics to networks to improve the overall state of security through identifying and combating malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs), resulting in an enhanced threat visibility across a broad attack surface. It will validate an IT professional’s ability to proactively defend and continuously improve the security of an organization. CySA+ will verify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to:
Utilize and apply proactive threat intelligence to support organizational security and perform vulnerability management activities
Apply security solutions for infrastructure management and explain software & hardware assurance best practices
Apply security concepts in support of organizational risk mitigation and understand the importance of frameworks, policies, procedures, and controls
Analyze data as part of continuous security monitoring activities and implement configuration changes to existing controls to improve security
Apply the appropriate incident response procedure, analyze potential indicators of compromise, and utilize basic digital forensics techniques
-Tier II SOC analyst
Threat intelligence analyst
Application security analyst
Incident response or handler
|Launch Date||February 15, 2017||April 21, 2020|
|Exam Description||The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) certification verifies that successful candidates have the knowledge and skills required to configure and use threat detection tools, perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization, with the end goal of securing and protecting applications and systems within an organization.||The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) certification verifies that successful candidates have the knowledge and skills required to leverage intelligence and threat detection techniques, analyze and interpret data, identify and address vulnerabilities, suggest preventative measures, and effectively respond to and recover from incidents.|
|Number of Questions||Maximum of 85 questions|
|Type of Questions||Multiple choice and performance-based|
|Length of Test||165 minutes|
|Passing Score||750 (on a scale of 100-900)|
|Recommended Experience||Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on information security or related experience. While there is no required prerequisite, CySA+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus.||Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 4 years of hands-on information security or related experience.|
|Languages||English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese||English, Japanese, TBD - others|
|Retirement||English Retirement: October 21, 2020
Japanese and Simple Chinese Retirement: April 23, 2021
|TBD – Usually three years after launch|
|Testing Provider||Pearson VUE
|Price||$359 USD (See all pricing)|
The new exam has been updated to address industry changes, as well as the need for security analysts to focus on software security and be more proactive with their defense and threat intelligence. Security Analysts must also ensure their tasks comply to IT regulatory standards that affect their daily work. With the end goal of proactively defending and continuously improving the security of an organization, CySA+ will verify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to:
|EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)||GIAC Continuous Monitoring Certification (GMON)||Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)|
|Performance Based Questions||✔|
|Exam Focus||Security analytics, intrusion detection and response||Pentesting Methodology||Defensible security and continuous security monitoring||Auditing and vulnerability assessment|
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