Security+ opens the door to your cybersecurity career!

CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

Why is it different?

  • More choose Security+ - chosen by more corporations and defense organizations than any other certification on the market to validate baseline security skills and for fulfilling the DoD 8570 compliance.
  • Security+ proves hands-on skills – the only baseline cybersecurity certification emphasizing hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of today’s complex issues.
  • More job roles turn to Security+ to supplement skills – baseline cybersecurity skills are applicable across more of today’s job roles to secure systems, software and hardware.
  • Security+ is aligned to the latest trends and techniques – covering the most core technical skills in risk assessment and management, incident response, forensics, enterprise networks, hybrid/cloud operations, and security controls, ensuring high-performance on the job.
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About the exam

New CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601) exam launches November 12, 2020!

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:

  • 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

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.

What Skills Will You Learn?

HARDWARE

Attacks, Threats and Vulnerabilities

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.

SECURITY

Architecture and Design

Includes coverage of enterprise environments and reliance on the cloud, which is growing quickly as organizations transition to hybrid networks.

HARDWARE & NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING

Implementation

Expanded to focus on administering identity, access management, PKI, basic cryptography, wireless, and end-to-end security.

WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS

Operations and Incident Response

Covering organizational security assessment and incident response procedures, such as basic threat detection, risk mitigation techniques, security controls, and basic digital forensics.

SOFTWARE TROUBLESHOOTING

Governance, Risk and Compliance

Expanded to support organizational risk management and compliance to regulations, such as PCI-DSS, SOX, HIPAA, GDPR, FISMA, NIST, and CCPA.

Organizations that have contributed to the development of Security+

Jobs that use CompTIA Security+

Security Administrator

Systems Administrator

Helpdesk Manager / Analyst

Network / Cloud Engineer

Security Engineer / Analyst

DevOps / Software Developer

IT Auditors

IT Project Manager

Exam Details

Exam Codes  SY0-501 SY0-601 
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  July 31, 2021
Usually three years after launch 
Testing Provider  Pearson VUE
Price $349 USD (See all pricing)
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CompTIA Security+ SY0-601: What’s in this version

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:

  • Help identify attacks and vulnerabilities to mitigate them before they infiltrate IS
  • Understand secure virtualization, secure application deployment, and automation concepts
  • Identify and implement the best protocols and encryption
  • Understand the importance of compliance

How does CompTIA Security+ Compare?

 

 (ISC)2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)
Performance Based Questions
 
Experience LevelEntry-level cybersecurityEntry-level securityEntry-level penetration testingEntry-level cybersecurity
Exam FocusCore cybersecurity skills required by security and network administrators Basic concepts of computing and securityPenetration TestingBasic understanding of information security beyond simple concepts
Vendor NeutralYes Yes Yes Yes

 

Exam Preparation

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

eLearning with CompTIA CertMaster Learn for Security+

Train anywhere, anytime. Master all exam objectives through learning content that is enhanced with videos, flash cards and performance-based questions. Confirm your learning progress with an included practice test.

 

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Interactive Labs with CompTIA Labs for Security+

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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Exam Prep with CompTIA CertMaster Practice for Security+

Go into your Security+ 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 Security+

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 Security+

Together with our partner ITProTV, CompTIA offers videos moderated by Security+ experts who explain the exam objectives of A+ 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 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.

Want more details? Learn more about the CompTIA Continuing Education program.

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Earning the Security+ certification was the ace to set me apart from my peers. I wouldn't be where I am today without it.

N. Peter Caro,
Senior Information Assurance Architect, KEYW Corporation

Security+ is proof to employers you can get the job done.

Craig Pearce,
Security Assurance Manager, e-Secure - Australia & International