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Exam Facts

Required exam: CompTIA Security+
Number of questions: 90 max, multiple choice and performance based
Length of test: 90 minutes
Passing score: 750 (scale of 100-900)
Exam codes: SY0-501 or SY0-601
Cert timeframe: Three years from date Security+ exam is passed. Certified for life if certified on or before Dec 31, 2010.
Cert Renewal: See CompTIA Continuing Ed Program

Exam News

Security+ exam SYO-501 English language exam will retire July 31, 2021.

CompTIA Security+ exam SY0-601 launched October 2020. This exam focuses on skills needed for the following tasks::

  • Assess the cybersecurity posture of an enterprise environment
  • Recommend and implement appropriate cybersecurity solutions
  • Monitor and secure hybrid environments
  • Operate with an awareness of applicable laws and policies
  • Identify, analyze and respond to cybersecurity events and incidents

What about a JOB?

Background. CompTIA recommends that Security+ certification candidates have their CompTIA Network+ certification, along with two years of technical networking experience, with an emphasis on security.

Jobs. Jobs related to Security+ competencies include security architect/engineer, security consultant/specialist, information assurance technician, security/systems/network administrators.

CompTIA identifies EDS, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, US DOD and military contractors, as just a few of the potential employers for Security+ certified technicians. Companies that contributed to development of the CompTIA Security+ exam include Target Corporation, General Dynamics IT (GDIT), Netflix, Splunk, U.S. Navy Center for INformation Dominance, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and many more.

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The challenges of IT security in the second decade of this century are more daunting than ever before and the demand for those skilled in IT security reflect that challenge. Earning the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security+ Certification is the de facto first step for a computer tech to enter the world of security. Organizations great and small rely on technicians skilled in security procedures and tools. All technicians must demonstrate to employers that they possess the basic competence and understanding of what security means. CompTIA Security+ is the place to start. The CompTIA Security+ exam SY0-501 will retire July 31, 2021. The SY0-601 exam was released in October, 2020. Use Mike Meyers’ CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide, Second Edition to prepare to pass the CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam. The Mike Meyers CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide, Third Edition (exam SY0-601) will be available Spring 2021. The CompTIA Security+ exam is challenging, designed to test an IT security professional who has:
• A minimum of 2 years experience in IT administration with a focus on security
• Day-to-day technical information security experience. The CompTIA Security+ Certification SYO-501 exam objectives consist of six major areas:

1.0 Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities 21%
2.0 Technologies and Tools 22%
3.0 Architecture and Design 15%
4.0 Identity and Access Management 16%
5.0 Risk Management 14%
6.0 Cryptography and PKI 12%

The CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 exam objectives consist of five major areas:

1.0 Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities 24%
2.0 Architecture and Design 21%
3.0 Implementation 25%
4.0 Operations and Incident Response 16%
5.0 Governance, Risk, and Compliance 14%

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