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!