CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 Certification Overview

Greetings everybody. My name is Tech Gee and I want to welcome you all to my CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 course. The information that I will be presenting in this course is going to give you everything you need to know to successfully pass the CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 examination, assuming you study properly.

The CompTIA Security+ certification is the first security certification a candidate should earn.  It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role & provides a springboard to intermediate-level cyber security jobs.  Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on troubleshooting, ensuring candidates have practical security problem-solving skills required to:

  • Assess the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions
  • Monitor and secure hybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, & IoT
  • Operate with an awareness of applicable laws and policies, including principles of governance, risk, & compliance
  • Identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents.

What Skills Will You Learn?

The CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 exam will focus on 5 primary areas of study, which are also known as domains:

  • (1.0) Attacks, Threats, & Vulnerabilities will make up 24% of the exam
    • This domain will focus on threats, attacks, & vulnerabilities on the Internet from newer custom devices that must be mitigated, such as IoT and embedded devices, newer DDoS attacks, & social engineering attacks based on current events.
  • (2.0) Architecture & Design will make up 21% of the exam
    • This domain includes coverage of enterprise environments & reliance on the cloud, which is growing quickly as organizations transition to hybrid networks.
  • (3.0) Implementation will make up 25% of the exam
    • This domain is expanded to focus on administering identity, access management, PKI, basic cryptography, wireless, & end-to-end security.
  • (4.0) Operations & Incident Response will make up 16% of the exam
    • This domain focuses on covering organizational security assessment and incident response procedures, such as basic threat detection, risk mitigation techniques, security controls, & basic digital forensics.
  • (5.0) Governance, Risk, & Compliance will make up 14% of the exam
    • This domain is expanded to support organizational risk management and compliance to regulations, such as PCI-DSS, SOX, HIPAA, GDPR, FISMA, NIST, & CCPA.

CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 Exam Details

  • The CompTIA Security+ SY0-601, which is the latest & greatest exam version, was launched November 2020.
    • At the time of this posting, CompTIA has not scheduled a retirement date for this exam, but normally 3 years after the launch of an exam is when you can expect for that exam to be officially retired so they can begin introducing the latest version.
  • The exam has a maximum of 90 questions.
    • The questions are presented in multiple choice format and performance-based questions.
  • The exam has a 90-minute time limit.
  • In order to pass the CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 exam, you will need to score 750 out of a possible 900 points (83%) on the exam.
  • It is recommended by CompTIA that a candidate be CompTIA Network+ certified and have at least 2 years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.
  • The exam is available in English, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, & Portuguese.
  • The company that is responsible for administering the test is Pearson VUE Testing Centers.
  • The cost of the CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 exam is $381 USD.
    • I offer discounted vouchers HERE.

References

CompTIA Security+. CompTIA.