Security Plus Certification BadgeExplore CompTIA's Security+ certification, including skills measured, exam details, costs, training programs, jobs & salaries.

CompTIA Security+ demonstrates foundational knowledge in cybersecurity. It validates an IT security professional's skills in threat mitigation and response, security architecture, compliance and risk management, and security operations.

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 cybersecurity personnel, and it's no wonder that Security+ is one of CompTIA's most sought-after certifications.

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 impacts and proper use of environmental controls
  • understand and apply cryptography and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  • explain the concepts of user authentication, authorization & access control
  • exemplify the concepts of data Confidentiality, Integrity & Availability - a.k.a. "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.

CompTIA Security+ Certification Exams

You must pass one exam to become Security+ certified:

Security+ Exam Format: Multiple choice and Performance-based questions
Security+ Time Limit: 90 minutes
Security+ Length: 90 questions max
Security+ Exam Cost: $392
Passing Grade: 750 out of 900

CompTIA Security+ Certification Prerequisites

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

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

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Security+ Certification Salary

Average annual wage for Security+ certified professionals and other CompTIA certification holders:

  • CompTIA A+: $59,000
  • CompTIA Server+: $63,000
  • CompTIA Network+: $63,000
  • CompTIA Project+: $67,000
  • CompTIA Linux+: $70,000
  • CompTIA Security+: $72,000
  • CompTIA CTT+: $74,000
  • CompTIA Cloud+: $74,000
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP): $84,000


Security+ Certification Cost

The exam voucher to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam costs $392.

Security+ skills training and exam prep will increase the price of getting certified. The cost of Security+ certification training can range from less-expensive programs like these Security+ bootcamps to more costly online information security degrees with deep cybersecurity and IT curriculum.

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