The Comptia Security+ IT certification is a very good certification for IT professionals getting into IT security and for IT security professional that have been doing cyber security for a while.  If you already have a high-level security certification (i.e. CISSP, CISM,CISA,CASP) I would say the Security+ is not necessary, because those certs already cover everything in the Security+ and more.  But if you don’t have any general security certs then you should definitely get it.

What are the benefits:

It is a well known certification that lets employers know that you are more than familiar with security best practice.

Having the Security+ alone is enough to get a job or a raise in some situations.

If you are unfamiliar with all the security best practices it is a great start in getting to know an important body of knowledge.

It is 8570/8140 compliant.


For more information on the Security+:

Exam Codes SY0-401
Launch Date May 1, 2014
Exam Description CompTIA Security+ certification covers network security, compliance and operation security, threats and vulnerabilities as well as application, data and host security. Also included are access control, identity management, and cryptography.
Number of Questions Maximum of 90 questions
Type of Questions Multiple choice and performance-based
Length of Test 90 Minutes
Passing Score 750 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience CompTIA Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus
Languages English, Japanese and Portuguese
Retirement TBD – Usually three years after launch.
Price $3​11.00 USD (See all pricing)
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Bruce Brown

The author Bruce Brown

I have done a lot of work with Risk Management Framework for DoD IT (formerly DIACAP,DITSCAP). I noticed there was not a lot of information for security engineers on the nuts and bolts of it, so i started writing it down.

security is just a hobby. my real job is to help humanity out of poverty (information & financial poverty).

I am sure we can do it together

maybe rmf will help humanity. ;p
the internet maybe our greatest hope, we should keep it safe.

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