CompTIA is a not-for-profit trade association with the purpose of advancing the interests of IT professionals and IT channel organizations and its industry-leading IT certifications are an important part of that mission. CompTIA's Security+ certification is a foundation-level certificate designed for IT administrators with two years' experience whose job role is focused on system security.
The CompTIA Security+ exam will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations.
The Official CompTIA Security+ (Exam SY0-501): 2019 Update is the primary course you will need to take if your job responsibilities include securing network services, devices, and traffic in your organization. You can also take this course to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ (Exam SY0-501) certification examination. In this course, you will build on your knowledge of and professional experience with security fundamentals, networks, and organizational security as you acquire the specific skills required to implement basic security services on any type of computer network.
This course can benefit you in two ways. If you intend to pass the CompTIA Security+ (Exam SY0-501) certification examination, this course can be a significant part of your preparation. But certification is not the only key to professional success in the field of computer security. Today's job market demands individuals with demonstrable skills, and the information and activities in this course can help you build your computer security skill set so that you can confidently perform your duties in any security-related role.
In this course, you will use fundamental security principles to install and configure cybersecurity controls and participate in incident response and risk mitigation.
- Compare and contrast attacks.
- Compare and contrast security controls.
- Use security assessment tools.
- Explain basic cryptography concepts.
- Implement a public key infrastructure.
- Implement identity and access management controls.
- Manage access services and accounts.
- Implement a secure network architecture.
- Install and configure security appliances.
- Install and configure wireless and physical access security.
- Deploy secure host, mobile, and embedded systems.
- Implement secure network access protocols.
- Implement secure network applications.
- Explain risk management and disaster recovery concepts.
- Describe secure application development concepts.
- Explain organizational security concepts.
Lesson 1: Comparing and Contrasting Attacks
Topic A: Compare and Contrast Information Security Roles
Topic B: Explain Threat Actor Types
Topic C: Compare and Contrast Social Engineering Attack Types
Topic D: Determine Malware Types
Lesson 2: Comparing and Contrasting Security Controls
Topic A: Compare and Contrast Security Control and Framework Types
Topic B: Follow Incident Response Procedures
Lesson 3: Assessing Security Posture with Software Tools
Topic A: Explain Penetration Testing Concepts
Topic B: Assess Security Posture with Topology Discovery Software Tools
Topic C: Assess Security Posture with Fingerprinting and Sniffing Software Tools
Topic D: Assess Security Posture with Vulnerability Scanning Software Tools
Lesson 4: Explaining Basic Cryptography Concepts
Topic A: Compare and Contrast Basic Concepts of Cryptography
Topic B: Explain Hashing and Symmetric Cryptographic Algorithms
Topic C: Explain Asymmetric Cryptographic Algorithms
Lesson 5: Implementing a Public Key Infrastructure
Topic A: Implement Certificates and Certificate Authorities
Topic B: Implement PKI Management
Lesson 6: Implementing Identity and Access Management Controls
Topic A: Compare and Contrast Identity and Authentication Concepts
Topic B: Install and Configure Authentication Protocols
Topic C: Implement Multifactor Authentication
Lesson 7: Managing Access Services and Accounts
Topic A: Install and Configure Authorization and Directory Services
Topic B: Implement Access Management Controls
Topic C: Differentiate Account Management Practices
Topic D: Implement Account Auditing and Recertification
Lesson 8: Implementing a Secure Network Architecture
Topic A: Implement Secure Network Architecture Concepts
Topic B: Install and Configure a Secure Switching Infrastructure
Topic C: Install and Configure Network Access Control
Topic D: Install and Configure a Secure Routing and NAT Infrastructure
Lesson 9: Installing and Configuring Security Appliances
Topic A: Install and Configure Firewalls and Proxies
Topic B: Install and Configure Load Balancers
Topic C: Install and Configure Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems
Topic D: Install and Configure Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Systems
Topic E: Install and Configure Logging and SIEM Systems
Lesson 10: Installing and Configuring Wireless and Physical Access Security
Topic A: Install and Configure a Wireless Infrastructure
Topic B: Install and Configure Wireless Security Settings
Topic C: Explain the Importance of Physical Security Controls
Lesson 11: Deploying Secure Host, Mobile, and Embedded Systems
Topic A: Implement Secure Hardware Systems Design
Topic B: Implement Secure Host Systems Design
Topic C: Implement Secure Mobile Device Systems Design
Topic D: Implement Secure Embedded Systems Design
Lesson 12: Implementing Secure Network Access Protocols
Topic A: Implement Secure Network Operations Protocols
Topic B: Implement Secure Remote Access Protocols
Topic C: Implement Secure Remote Administration Protocols
Lesson 13: Implementing Secure Network Applications
Topic A: Implement Secure Web Services
Topic B: Implement Secure Communications Services
Topic C: Summarize Secure Virtualization Infrastructure
Topic D: Summarize Secure Cloud Services
Lesson 14: Explaining Risk Management and Disaster Recovery Concepts
Topic A: Explain Risk Management Processes and Concepts
Topic B: Explain Resiliency and Automation Strategies
Topic C: Explain Disaster Recovery and Continuity of Operation Concepts
Topic D: Summarize Basic Concepts of Forensics
Lesson 15: Summarizing Secure Application Development Concepts
Topic A: Explain the Impact of Vulnerability Types
Topic B: Summarize Secure Application Development Concepts
Lesson 16: Explaining Organizational Security Concepts
Topic A: Explain the Importance of Security Policies
Topic B: Implement Data Security and Privacy Practices
Topic C: Explain the Importance of Personnel Management
To ensure your success in this course, you should have basic Windows user skills and a fundamental understanding of computer and networking concepts.
CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications, or equivalent knowledge, and six to nine months' experience in networking, including configuring security parameters, are strongly recommended. Students can obtain this level of skill and knowledge by taking any of the following Official CompTIA courses:
The Official CompTIA A+: Core 1 (Exam 220-1001)
The Official CompTIA A+: Core 2 (Exam 220-1002)
The Official CompTIA Network+ (Exam N10-007)
Note: The prerequisites for this course might differ significantly from the prerequisites for the CompTIA certification exams. For the most up-to-date information about the exam prerequisites, complete the form on this page: https://certification.comptia.org/training/exam-objectives.
IT professionals who want to further their career by acquiring CompTIA Security+ Certification.
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