New CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601) exam launching in November, 2020!
CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification IT professionals 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 trouble-shooting to ensure security professionals have practical security problem-solving skills. Cybersecurity professionals with Security+ know how to address security incidents – not just identify them.
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.
Detect various types of compromise and have an understanding of penetration testing and vulnerability scanning concepts
Install, configure, and deploy network components while assessing and troubleshooting issues to support organizational security
Implement secure network architecture concepts and systems design
Install and configure identity and access services, as well as management controls
Implement and summarize risk management best practices and the business impact
Install and configure wireless security settings and implement public key infrastructure
|Launch Date||October 4, 2017||November, 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|
||Usually three years after launch|
|Testing Provider||Pearson VUE
|Price||$349 USD (See all pricing)|
The exam has been updated to better reflect today’s best practices for risk management and risk mitigation including the following:
|CCNA Security||EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)||GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)|
|Performance Based Questions||✔|
|Experience Level||Entry-level cybersecurity||Intermediate||Intermediate||Entry-level cybersecurity|
|Exam Focus||Core cybersecurity skills required by security and network administrators||Operating Cisco technology devices such as routing and switching devices||Penetration Testing||Fundamental cybersecurity skills|
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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