Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

CompTIA Security+ ce


Credential: CompTIA Security+ ce  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  Army eLearning resource  ANAB (ANSI) resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Security+ ce certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of IT security. Security+ ce is an entry-level certification that demonstrates a candidates 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. It is recommended that candidates hold the Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

CompTIA Security+ ce

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

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Written Exam SY0-501

  • 1.0 Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities (21%)
    • 1.1 Given a scenario, analyze indicators of compromise and determine the type of malware.
    • 1.2 Compare and contrast types of attacks.
    • 1.3 Explain threat actor types and attributes.
    • 1.4 Explain penetration testing concepts.
    • 1.5 Explain vulnerability scanning concepts.
    • 1.6 Explain the impact associated with types of vulnerabilities.
  • 2.0 Technologies and Tools (22%)
    • 2.1 Install and configure network components, both hardware and software-based, to support organizational security.
    • 2.2 Given a scenario, use appropriate software tools to assess the security posture of an organization.
    • 2.3 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common security issues.
    • 2.4 Given a scenario, analyze and interpret output from security technologies.
    • 2.5 Given a scenario, deploy mobile devices securely.
    • 2.6 Given a scenario, implement secure protocols.
  • 3.0 Architecture and Design (15%)
    • 3.1 Explain use cases and purpose for frameworks, best practices and secure configuration guides.
    • 3.2 Given a scenario, implement secure network architecture concepts.
    • 3.3 Given a scenario, implement secure systems design.
    • 3.4 Explain the importance of secure staging deployment concepts.
    • 3.5 Explain the security implications of embedded systems.
    • 3.6 Summarize secure application development and deployment concepts.
    • 3.7 Summarize cloud and virtualization concepts.
    • 3.8 Explain how resiliency and automation strategies reduce risk.
    • 3.9 Explain the importance of physical security controls.
  • 4.0 Identity and Access Management (16%)
    • 4.1 Compare and contrast identity and access management concepts.
    • 4.2 Given a scenario, install and configure identity and access services.
    • 4.3 Given a scenario, implement identity and access management controls.
    • 4.4 Given a scenario, differentiate common account management practices.
  • 5.0 Risk Management (14%)
    • 5.1 Explain the importance of policies, plans and procedures related to organizational security.
    • 5.2 Summarize business impact analysis concepts.
    • 5.3 Explain risk management processes and concepts.
    • 5.4 Given a scenario, follow incident response procedures.
    • 5.5 Summarize basic concepts of forensics.
    • 5.6 Explain disaster recovery and continuity of operation concepts.
    • 5.7 Compare and contrast various types of controls.
    • 5.8 Given a scenario, carry out data security and privacy practices.
  • 6.0 Cryptography and PKI (12%)
    • 6.1 Compare and contrast basic concepts of cryptography.
    • 6.2 Explain cryptography algorithms and their basic characteristics.
    • 6.3 Given a scenario, install and configure wireless security settings.
    • 6.4 Given a scenario, implement public key infrastructure.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the CompTIA Security+ ce examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the CompTIA Security+ ce credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

CompTIA Security+ ce

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA Security+ ce credential has the following recertification information:

  • Beginning January 1, 2011, CompTIA A+ ce, CompTIA Network+ ce and CompTIA Security+ ce certifications are valid for three years from the date the candidate becomes certified. After January 2011, certified individuals will need to enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education program and will have three years from the date certified to successfully complete the required CE units, earn a higher level CompTIA certification, or pass the Recertification Exam.

    Individuals certified on or before December 31, 2010 in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ will retain their "certified for life" status. More information on the renewal requirements can be found on the CompTIA website.

Additional considerations for the CompTIA Security+ ce include:

  • It is recommended that candidadtes have a minimum of two years of experience in IT administration with a focus on security.
  • It is recommended that candidates hold the CompTIA Network+ certification.

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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Early Career

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Early Career

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