Security+ Certification

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Security Plus certification trainingCompTIA Security+ Certification demonstrates foundational IT security knowledge.

Security+ certification proves an IT security professional's competency in topics such as system security, risk management, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security.

Security threats are increasing exponentially in number and severity, and the skills gap between information security jobs and qualified IT security personnel is one of the largest of any technical specialty. Add to this the fact that numerous studies and salary surveys have proven that even in a troubled economy, most businesses plan to maintain or increase their spending on computer security personnel, and it's no wonder that Security+ is one of CompTIA's most demanded certifications.

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Skills Measured by Security+ Certification

Passing the CompTIA Security+ certification exam validates your ability to:

  • explain the security functions of common network devices and technologies
  • apply and implement secure network administration principles & procedures
  • implement and configure a wireless network in a safe and secure manner
  • identify security threats and perform risk mitigation activities
  • understand applicable policies, laws and regulations of IT security
  • explain the impact and proper use of environmental controls
  • understand data cryptography and can apply cryptographic tools
  • explain the concepts of user authentication, authorization & access control
  • exemplify the concepts of data Confidentiality, Integrity & Availability - a.k.a. the "CIA Triad"
  • identify and analyze common attacks, e.g., social engineering, malware, application & wireless attacks

Download the CompTIA Security+ Exam Objectives for a more detailed curriculum.

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CompTIA Security+ Certification Exams

You must pass one exam to become Security+ certified:

  • CompTIA Security+ Certification (Exam code SY0-401)
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CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam Objectives | SY0-401


Security+ Exam Format: Multiple choice (of which there may be more than one correct answer) and Performance-based questions
Test Duration: 90 minutes
Exam Length: Maximum of 90 questions
Exam Cost: $311 USD
Passing Score: 750 out of 900

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CompTIA Security+ Certification Prerequisites

  • Required: No required prerequisites for Security+ certification
  • Recommended: CompTIA Network+ Certification and 2 years of technical networking experience with an emphasis on security, or equivalent knowledge, is recommended.

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Security+ Training

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Course Highlights & Certifications

AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Associate
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Includes Certification Preparation for:
    • CompTIA A+, Network+ & Security+
    • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Prepares Graduates for Entry-Level Jobs in Network Administration and IT Support
  • Microsoft Windows Server/Desktop Support
  • Cisco Network Design and Administration
  • Network Security and Digital Forensics
  • Intro to Web Development & Programming

B.S.I.T. Network Administration

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Bachelor
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Gain the Technical and Business Skills to become a Network/Systems Administrator
  • Install and Configure Local Area Networks (LANs) & Wide Area Networks (WANs)
  • Network Security and Penetration Testing
  • Network Troubleshooting and PC Repair
  • Leadership, Communication and Project Mgmt.
  • Online Courses & Degrees Begin Year Round

MBA - Technology Management

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Master
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree
  • Prepare to Lead Organizations in the Planning, Development, Operation & Management of IT
  • Applied Managerial Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing & Decision-Making Courses
  • Led by Real-World IT Management Practitioners
  • Use IT to Foster a Real Competitive Advantage
  • Learn to Manage Relational Database Systems
  • Networking & Telecommunication Management
  • IT Innovation's Impact on Strategy & Operations
  • IT Team Leadership & Professional Development

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Security+ certification helps prepare you for a variety of IT security job roles including:

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Security+ Certification Salary

Average salary for Security+ certified professionals† and other CompTIA certification holders:

  • CompTIA A+: $70,554
  • CompTIA Network+: $73,743
  • CompTIA Storage+: $79,078
  • CompTIA Server+: $79,420
  • CompTIA Security+: $79,730
  • CompTIA Project+: 80,412
  • CompTIA Linux+: $85,863
  • CASP: CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner: $91,237

Salary Survey respondents may hold more certifications than those listed here.

Source: 2015 IT Skills and Salary Report by Global Knowledge & Windows IT Pro

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