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CompTIA Security+

Security is one of the fastest-growing fields in IT

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The CompTIA Security+ is one of the well-respected certifications out there. After 9-11, security around the world has become tighter than ever. 

With every organization thinking about securing their network systems, there is a lot of opportunity for individuals who pursue a career in security.

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The Security+ certification is an international, vendor-neutral certification that demonstrates competency in:

  • Network Security
  • Cryptography
  • Access control
  • Identity management
  • Application, data and host security
  • Threats and vulnerabilities


This certification is very impressive since even the U.S. Department of Defense requires this cert as one of the options to have.

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The CompTIA Security+ certification is aimed at an IT security professional who has a minimum of 2 years experience in IT with a focus on security and a broad knowledge of security procedures.

The Security+ certification includes content like:

  • Network security (Explain the security function and purpose of network devices and technologies)
  • Identify commonly used default network ports
  • Implement wireless network in a secure manner
  • Compliance and operational security
  • Threats and vulnerabilities like types of malware and types of attacks
  • Explain the importance of application security
  • Explain the importance of data security
  • Access control and identity management
  • Cryptography


To get started:

1.) Buy a good Security+ book that includes practice exams.

  • Learn the material and practice with test labs.

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2.) Use video self-learning courses like CBT nuggets or Testout. My favorite is the eLearning from Transcender

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3.) Buy a certification exam voucher.

  • www.pearsonvue.com/comptia
  • comptiastore.com (CompTIA official store)

4.) Schedule your exam at your nearest location.


Practice at home and work!

There are lots of security network protocols which you can find in the configuration of your home wireless router. Access control settings and WEP/WPA settings can be configured in your home router.

Play with these settings and learn by experience. Your Windows based machine brings its own Windows firewall which you can configure and block certain ports and programs.

Security+ certification goes way beyond hardware and software.

One common security threat at the workplace is “Social Engineering”. This is where a malicious person tries to get information through the phone or in person by asking for certain information from an employee about the network or personnel.

One person can ask information about the way you log on to your computer and which computers you have access to on the network. Other information may include details about an IT person onsite or even the executives of the company. When you are in charge of network security you are responsible of training your users on your network.

Security can involve making sure the servers are locked in a closet and restricted from unauthorized access. For this reason, all servers I have dealt with are reached remotely to ensure no one can physically touch the servers unless there is a hardware issue on the host.


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