CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501) English language exam will retire on July 31, 2021.
The new Security+ (SY0-601) is now available.
CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification a candidate 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 troubleshooting, ensuring candidates have practical security problem-solving skills required to:
Security+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements. Regulators and government rely on ANSI accreditation, because it provides confidence and trust in the outputs of an accredited program. Over 2.3 million CompTIA ISO/ANSI-accredited exams have been delivered since January 1, 2011.
Focusing on more threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities on the Internet from newer custom devices that must be mitigated, such as IoT and embedded devices, newer DDoS attacks, and social engineering attacks based on current events.
Includes coverage of enterprise environments and reliance on the cloud, which is growing quickly as organizations transition to hybrid networks.
Expanded to focus on administering identity, access management, PKI, basic cryptography, wireless, and end-to-end security.
Covering organizational security assessment and incident response procedures, such as basic threat detection, risk mitigation techniques, security controls, and basic digital forensics.
Expanded to support organizational risk management and compliance to regulations, such as PCI-DSS, SOX, HIPAA, GDPR, FISMA, NIST, and CCPA.
Helpdesk Manager / Analyst
Network / Cloud Engineer
Security Engineer / Analyst
DevOps / Software Developer
IT Project Manager
|Launch Date||October 4, 2017||November 12, 2020 |
|Exam Description||The CompTIA Security+ exam will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations. The successful candidate will perform these tasks to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability.||The CompTIA Security+ certification exam will verify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to assess the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions; monitor and secure hybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, and IoT; operate with an awareness of applicable laws and policies, including principles of governance, risk, and compliance; identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents|
|Number of Questions||Maximum of 90 questions|
|Type of Questions||Multiple choice and performance-based
|Length of Test||90 minutes
|Passing Score||750 (on a scale of 100-900)|
|Recommended Experience||CompTIA Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus|
|Languages||English, Japanese, Portuguese and Simplified Chinese||English, Japanese|
|Retirement|| English retires: July 31, 2021
All other languages retire: Q1 2022
|Usually three years after launch|
|Testing Provider||Pearson VUE
|Price||$370 USD (See all pricing)|
Cybersecurity attacks continue to grow. Increasingly, more job roles are tasked with baseline security readiness and response to address today’s threats. Updates to Security+ reflect skills relevant to these job roles and prepare candidates to be more proactive in preventing the next attack. To combat these emerging threats, IT Pros must be able to:
|(ISC)2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)||EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)||GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)|
|Performance Based Questions||✔|
|Experience Level||Entry-level cybersecurity||Entry-level security||Entry-level penetration testing||Entry-level cybersecurity|
|Exam Focus||Core cybersecurity skills required by security and network administrators||Basic concepts of computing and security||Penetration Testing||Basic understanding of information security beyond simple concepts|
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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 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. Like Security+ itself, CompTIA Security+ ce also carries globally-recognized ISO/ANSI accreditation status.
It’s easy to renew
You can participate in a number of activities and training programs, including higher certifications, to renew your CompTIA Security+ certification. Complete CertMaster CE, an online, self-paced CE course, or collect at least 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in three years, upload them to your certification account, and Security+ will automatically renew.
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CEUs needed for renewal