In this video, Marc Menninger describes the Security+ certification. Learn how this certification can be important to your IT security career. Discover topics you can expect to see on the exam and if there are any experience requirements to take it. Explore which jobs often require the Security+ certification and resources to help you prepare for it.
- [Instructor] The Security+ Certification offered by CompTIA is extremely popular among both employers and security professionals. A good reason for its popularity is its accessability. There is no experience requirement to take it. The topics covered in the exam are fundamental enough that any security professional should know them and compared to other certifications the cost of the exam is relatively low. In 2016, the cost of the exam was just over $300. The Security+ Certification is designed to validate your knowledge of fundamental technical security concepts, such as network and operation security, threats and vulnerabilities, compliance, access control, identity management, cryptography and more.
Security+ is similar to the SSCP Certification offered by ISC2 in topics covered, although the SSCP requires at least one year of work experience in IT Security. Topics you can expect to see on the Security+ exam include the CIA triad, Access control concepts, Kerberos, CHAP, RADIUS,TACACS and TACACS+, PPTP, L2TP, Ipsec, 802.1x and many more.
IT Security job listings that often require the Security+ Certification include specialists, analysts, consultants and architects. There are many resources available to help you prepare for the Security+ exam. You can check out our Security+ Exam Prep course series. Another online resource, Cybrary, offers a free Security+ training course through their website. You may find that augmenting video learning with a book or two can help you master complex topics. While there are many written resources to choose from, these four books thoroughly cover the most recent version of the exam and have been well received by the security community.
The core content of each is fairly similar so writing style and additional resources can help you select one that's right for you. CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead breaks the exam down into bite-size chunks, with quizzes and practice tests throughout. Sybex Security+ Study Guide includes electronic flash cards and assessment tests. Mike Meyers's CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide includes lab simulations and video lectures. CompTIA Security+ Certification Practice Exams include a digital practice test environment.
For links to these resources and other related information, please see the handout associated with this course. Once you have the Security+ Certification, it's valid for three years. You can retain it for longer by obtaining 50CPEs every three years. Check the CompTIA Security+ website for more details about getting CPEs. The Security+ Certification is a great way for any security professional to demonstrate a firm understanding of important technical security topics.
Marc closes with a few pieces of career advice specific to the world of information security, which will help you succeed in this dynamic and high-demand industry.
- IT security key concepts
- The job marketplace (government vs. healthcare, etc.)
- IT security success traits
- Career specializations
- IT security certifications
- Getting experience
- Marketing yourself