CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) is an IT workforce certification that applies behavioral analytics to networks and devices to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats.

Why is it different?

CySA+ is the only intermediate high-stakes cybersecurity analyst certification with performance-based questions covering security analytics, intrusion detection and response. High-stakes exams are proctored at a Pearson VUE testing center in a highly secure environment. CySA+ is the most up-to-date security analyst certification that covers advanced persistent threats in a post-2014 cybersecurity environment.

About the exam

New CompTIA CySA+ (CS0-002) exam coming in Q2 2020!

Beta exam available on October 11, 2019.

Interested in taking the beta exam? Registration begins October 11, 2019, on the Pearson VUE site.

As attackers have learned to evade traditional signature-based solutions, such as firewalls, an analytics-based approach within the IT security industry is increasingly important for most organizations. The behavioral analytics skills covered by CySA+ identify and combat malware, and advanced persistent threats (APTs), resulting in enhanced threat visibility across a broad attack surface.

CompTIA CySA+ is for IT professionals looking to gain the following security analyst skills:

  • Perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization.
  • Configure and use threat-detection tools.
  • Secure and protect applications and systems within an organization.

CompTIA CySA+ meets the ISO 17024 standard and is approved by U.S. Department of Defense to fulfill Directive 8570.01-M requirements. It is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Regulators and government rely on ANSI accreditation because it provides confidence and trust in the outputs of an accredited program. Over 1.3 million CompTIA ISO/ANSI-accredited exams have been delivered since January 1, 2011.

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What Skills Will You Learn?

HARDWARE

THREAT MANAGEMENT

Apply environmental reconnaissance techniques using appropriate tools, analyzing results, and implementing recommended response

WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS

VULNERABILITY MANAGEMENT

Implement vulnerability management process and analyze results of the scan

NETWORKING

SECURITY ARCHITECTURE & TOOL SETS

Use data to recommend remediation of security issues related to identity and access management and recommend implementation strategy while participating in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

SOFTWARE TROUBLESHOOTING

CYBER-INCIDENT RESPONSE

Distinguish threat data to determine incident impact and prepare a toolkit with appropriate forensics tools, communication strategy, and best practices as a response

Organizations that have contributed to the development of CySA+

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Jobs that use CompTIA CySA+

IT Security Analyst

Tier II SOC Analyst

Vulnerability Analyst

Cybersecurity Specialist

Threat Intelligence Analyst

Security Engineer

Cybersecurity Analyst

Security Monitoring

Exam Details

Exam Codes CS0-001 CS0-002 
Launch Date  February 15, 2017  April, 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  October, 2020 TBD – Usually three years after launch 
Price $349 USD (See all pricing)
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What’s in this version

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:

  • Leverage intelligence and threat detection techniques
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Identify and address vulnerabilities
  • Suggest preventative measures
  • Effectively respond to and recover from incidents

How Does CompTIA CySA+ Compare?

 

 EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) GIAC Continuous Monitoring Certification (GMON)Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Performance Based Questions
  
Vendor NeutralYesYes YesYes
Experience LevelIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateAdvanced
Exam FocusSecurity analytics, intrusion detection and responsePentesting MethodologyDefensible security and continuous security monitoringAuditing and vulnerability assessment

 

Exam Preparation

CompTIA offers a wealth of certification training that is designed for exam success. Find out more and explore all training options.

Interactive Labs with CompTIA CertMaster Labs for CySA+

Supercharge your certification training with hands-on, browser-based virtual lab environments. Jump into the role of an administrator, complete basic to advanced tasks and quickly understand the impact of the system changes you make.

 

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Go into your CySA+ certification exam with confidence. Adaptive exam preparation in this intelligent online training companion will reinforce what you already know and fill the gaps in areas you need to improve.

 

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Study Guides for CySA+

Developed by CompTIA for the CompTIA certification candidate, Study Guides are available in print or eBook format and packed with informative and engaging content tied to exam objectives.

 

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Video Training with ITProTV for CySA+

Together with our partner ITProTV, CompTIA offers videos moderated by CySA+ experts who explain the exam objectives of CySA+ in a talk show format that is easy to follow.

 

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Instructor-Led Training

Whether you’re looking for in-classroom or live online training, CompTIA offers best-in-class instructor-led training for both individuals and teams. You can also find training among CompTIA’s vast network of Authorized Training Partners.

 

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Renewal

Keep your certification up to date with CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program. It’s designed to be a continued validation of your expertise and a tool to expand your skillset. It’s also the ace up your sleeve when you’re ready to take the next step in your career.

Get the most out of your certification
Information technology is an incredibly dynamic field, creating new opportunities and challenges every day. Participating in our Continuing Education program will enable you to stay current with new and evolving technologies and remain a sought-after IT and security expert.

The CompTIA Continuing Education program
Your CompTIA CySA+ certification is good for three years from the date 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.

It’s easy to renew
You can participate in a number of activities and training programs, including higher certifications, to renew your CompTIA CySA+ certification. Collect at least 60 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in three years and upload them to your certification account, and your CompTIA CySA+ certification will automatically renew.

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$549.00 

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$699.00

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Everybody in technology should have this [CySA+]. It should be mandatory if you’re going to stay in IT over the coming decade.

Jim Lucari,
Senior Manager, Certification Solutions Development, HP Enterprise

We’re coming up on catastrophic conditions – if we’re not already there – in the labor market in terms of the gap between companies unable to find or breed (internally) or have sufficient talent available to them to do what they want to do.

David Foote,
Co-founder of IT employment research firm Foote Partners