CompTIA Security+

EXAM CODE SY0-601 & SY0-701

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

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CompTIA Security+ is the IT Security career standard.
BECOME A TRUSTED DEFENDER OF DIGITAL ENVIRONMENTS

Open the Door to Your Cybersecurity Career with CompTIA Security+

Launch a successful cybersecurity career
Develop a core foundation of essential skills, paving the way for a fulfilling career. More job roles use Security+ for baseline cybersecurity skills than any other certification in the industry.

Assess on-the-job skills
Security+ is the most widely adopted ISO/ANSI-accredited early career cybersecurity certification on the market with hands-on, performance-based questions on the certification exam. These practical questions assess your ability to effectively problem solve in real-life situations and demonstrate your expertise to potential employers immediately.

Embrace the latest trends
Understand and use the most recent advancements in cybersecurity technology, terms, techniques, and tools. By acquiring early career skills in the latest trends such as automation, zero trust, risk analysis, operational technology, and IoT, you will be well-equipped to excel in the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.

The New CompTIA Security+ (SY0-701) is Now Available!

Vouchers for the SY0-601 version are still valid through July 31, 2024.

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About the exam

The new CompTIA Security+ (SY0-701) represents the latest and greatest in cybersecurity, covering the most in-demand skills related to current threats, automation, zero trust, IoT, risk – and more. Once certified, you’ll understand the core skills needed to succeed on the job – and employers will notice too. The Security+ exam verifies you have 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, Internet of Things (IoT), and operational technology.
  • Operate with an awareness of applicable regulations and policies, including principles of governance, risk, and compliance.
  • Identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents.

CompTIA Security+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the U.S. DoD to meet Directive 8140.03M 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.

COMPTIA SECURITY+ VALIDATES CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS HAVE THE SKILLS REQUIRED TO RECOMMEND AND IMPLEMENT SECURITY SOLUTIONS

What Skills Will You Learn?

General Security Concepts

Includes key cybersecurity terminology and concepts up front to provide a foundation for security controls discussed throughout the exam.

Threats, Vulnerabilities & Mitigations

Focuses on responding to common threats, cyberattacks, vulnerabilities, and security incidents and appropriate mitigation techniques to monitor and secure hybrid environments.

Security Architecture

Includes security implications of different architecture models, principles of securing enterprise infrastructure, and strategies to protect data.

Security Operations

Includes applying and enhancing security and vulnerability management techniques, as well as security implications of proper hardware, software, and data management.

Security Program Management & Oversight

Updated to better reflect the reporting and communication skills required for Security+ job roles relating to governance, risk management, compliance, assessment, and security awareness.

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ADVICE FOR A CYBERSECURITY PROFESSIONAL

Unlock Your Potential!

Eduardo Gijon
Eduardo Gijon
Cybersecurity specialist

“Having CompTIA Security+ has opened up opportunities I didn’t think were possible. It’s a requirement for many organizations, especially government ones, seeing as it’s a baseline certification.”


Eduardo started out in the Marine Corp and then reenlisted with the Army National Guard where he became CompTIA Security+ certified. He now works as a cybersecurity specialist for AON Cyber Solutions.


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Vernon Clifton
Vernon Clifton
Cybersecurity analyst

“Maybe that's how we as a society become more effective, by having people that have had different experiences break into [new] fields.”


Vernon, a Chicago salesman, found satisfaction and fulfillment in a cybersecurity career despite lack of experience with the help of CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+.


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Vina Ta
Vina Ta
cybersecurity specialist

“I think the biggest thing that satisfies me about being part of cybersecurity, is that what you do actually makes a difference in how the company is impacted.”


Earning CompTIA Security+ helped cybersecurity specialist Vina squash imposter syndrome, deepen her knowledge of IT security and reinforce her passion for working with people.


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Scott Krager
Scott Krager
Information security analyst

"Exploring different topics and keeping an open mind, especially early on, is huge. And it will open your eyes to more and more that's out there that you probably don't know about."


Scott previously worked as a personal trainer and now works in IT with the help of CompTIA A+ and Security+.


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PROVE YOU HAVE THE SECURITY READINESS SKILLS TO ADDRESS TODAY’S THREATS

Exam Details

Exam Code SY0-601 SY0-701 
Launch Date November 12, 2020
November 7, 2023 
Exam Description 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 CompTIA Network+ and two years of experience working in a security/ systems administrator job role
Languages English, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Portuguese
English, with Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish to follow 
Retirement  July 2024 TBD – Usually three years after launch 
Testing Provider  Pearson VUE
Price $392 USD (See all pricing)





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Experience LevelEarly career Early career Early career Early career Entry Level
Exam FocusBaseline cybersecurity skills, core cybersecurity knowledgeSecurity administrator job roleSecurity administrator job rolePen testing and ethical hackingCybersecurity terms and 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.

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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.

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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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CompTIA Security+ SY0-601
Live Online Training

$2499.00

 

Includes

  • Exam Voucher + Retake
  • Live Online Training
  • CertMaster Learn + Labs
  • CertMaster Practice
CompTIA Security+ SY0-601
Basic Bundle

$.00

 

Includes

  • Exam Voucher + Retake
  • Self-Paced Study Guide
CompTIA Security+ SY0-601
Exam Prep Bundle

$.00

 

Includes

  • Exam Voucher + Retake
  • Self-Paced Study Guide
  • CertMaster Practice
CompTIA Security+ SY0-601
eLearning Bundle

$.00

 

Includes

  • Exam Voucher + Retake
  • CertMaster Learn + Labs
CompTIA Security+ SY0-601
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  • Exam Voucher + Retake
  • CertMaster Learn + Labs
  • CertMaster Practice

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