Introducing the CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway A vendor-neutral pathway for IT professionals to achieve cybersecurity mastery, from beginning to end Enter where it makes sense Consider experience and current certifications or course of study #secureIT CompTIA A+ certification, which mirrors the skills of an IT pro with six months of experience, assesses the skills necessary to support IT infrastructures. An understanding of the most common hardware and software technologies used on the network is needed before earning CompTIA Network+. CompTIA Security+ covers network security, compliance and operation security, threats and vulnerabilities, plus application, data and host security. It mirrors two years of IT security experience, thus precedes CompTIA CSA+ which mirrors three to four years. CompTIA Network+, or the equivalent knowledge of nine months of networking experience, is an important recommended prerequisite to CompTIA Security+. IT pros must understand how the network functions before they can secure it; therefore, they need networking skills first. CompTIA IT Fundamentals is the beginning of the career pathway. It is for beginners who don’t have CompTIA A+ or six months of IT pro experience. CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) should be pursued by IT pros after CSA+ to prove their mastery of hands on cybersecurity skills required at the 5- to 10-year experience level. CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) is our newest certification and assesses the skills needed to apply behavioral analytics to the IT security environment. It fills the skills gap between Security+ and the CASP exam.