I’ve been studying my face off for the past month and a half, and I can finally relax because today I passed my CompTIA Security+ exam, SY0-201! I couldn’t be happier! I have to thank the good people at Train Signal for putting out such amazing training videos which played a major role in me passing today, along with the help of the Transcender practice exams. For those of you who don’t know what Security+ covers or are interested in finding out more about it read the following from CompTIA’s website:

CompTIA Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that proves competency in system security, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security. Major organizations that employ CompTIA Security+ certified staff include Booz Allen Hamilton, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, Symantec, Telstra, Hitachi, Ricoh, Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Hilton Hotels Corp., General Mills, the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines.

I won’t go into a ton on how I prepared for the exam since I already did a good post on it, you can read it here. The Train Signal Security+ course taught by Paul Gadbois, was really helpful, along with a good set of practice exams from Transcender which were provided with the Train Signal course. I also read cover to cover 2x the CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: Exam SY0-201 from Sybex, it was a very helpful resource as well (it came with the entire book in .pdf, as well as practice exams). If you are interested in becoming more marketable or just want to beef up your security knowledge base, this is a good cert to start with. More importantly, if you are a DoD employee or want to be, you will be required to get Security+ in accordance with the new DoD 8570.01 directive (Security+ is on the Minimum Certifications Required by DoD Inst 8570.01 M list).

Whatever you decide to do in the future in regards to your career in Information Technology, a good idea would be to nab a security certification and Security+ is a good place to start. Happy studying!


Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of vDestination.com. He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

7 thoughts on “Done Deal, I’m Security+ Certified!

    1. Thanks Mike,
      I’m on to CCNA next, that’s going to take me the better part of Q1 2011, hopefully March 1 for a test date. Trying to catch up to your impressive cert list.


  1. Good Job Greg. It is definitely not an easy test but a very useful one, especially with working in the government IT realm.

  2. This is a plug for TrainSignal software. There is a TrainSignal Ad right here on the same page.

    1. Ralph,
      This is not a plug for TrainSignal. They do sponsor a banner ad on my site, which you will find on most blogs with this type of content along with many other ads. If you have read any of my other posts especially my “Done deal, I’m a VCP” post, you would know that I like to share what I’ve used to prepare for the certification exams that I’ve taken. I’ve got a couple of posts you can read that cite many different sources that I’ve used to study. Read it as what it is, it’s not an advertisement, I was just excited to have passed my certification exam and wanted to give credit where credit is due.

      Thanks for the comment,

  3. hello good people,just stumbled on this page and read about comment from various intellectual and that of Greg caught my eyes.congrats greg on joing the league of security+ holders.i also got my in nov 2009 using the textbook you prescribed-sybex own.
    people,i jsut relocated to the united states and i need suggestion from people on sites i can use in applying for jobs.
    Also,im planning to write the project+ exam(2003) and would appreciate tips on geting relevant braindumbs for the exam.
    N.B:dont mind having your email address and skype id.i would love to rub minds with you since we have some bunch in common

    1. Thanks for reading my blog, and thanks for the congrats. I studied hard for this test and I feel like it has been a good return on investment. I would love to discuss things gurhter with you via Skype or just through email. Catch my email address on my about page if you want to contact me. Talk to you soon.

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