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CompTIA Security+


Certification Industry: Network and Security

Certificate Name: CompTIA Security+

Certificate Issuing Authority: CompTIA

Certification Price: 349 USD

Certificate Validity: 3 years

Certification Details:

CompTIA Security+ certification is meant for entry-level practitioners willing to skill themselves into performing core security functions and bag a similar IT role. It is different from other certifications as it imparts practical skills along with theoretical knowledge. It also focuses on the latest concepts of risk management and threat mitigation. Careers in CompTIA Security+ could be Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Security Administrator, Junior  IT Auditor/Penetration Tester, Security Specialist, Security Consultant, and Security Engineer.

Average Salary of CompTIA Security+

USA : $42,128 - $95,829/annum (Source)

India : 5,40,000 INR (Source)

Benefits of CompTIA Security+

  1. No PrerequisitesIn comparison to other cybersecurity certifications, CompTIA Security+ does not require any major experience and it is only recommended that a test-taker shall have at least two years of working experience in the field of security and networking so as to raise the chances of clearing the exam.
  2. Higher Salary:The perks of getting this certification to speak for itself as getting this certification not only get recognition respect but also a higher pay in comparison to non-certified practitioners. It is expected that the annual salary of a CompTIA Security+ practitioner could touch $77,000 in the near future.

Exam Topic:


DOMAIN
% OF EXAMINATION
THREATS, ATTACKS, AND VULNERABILITIES 21%
TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS 22%
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN 15%
IDENTITY AND ACCESS MANAGEMENT 16%
RISK MANAGEMENT 14%
CRYPTOGRAPHY AND PKI 12%

Exam Details:

Number of Questions: Maximum of 90 questions

Type of Questions: Multiple choice and performance-based

Duration: 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. 

Credentials can be renewed by earning 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or by taking CertMaster CE Network+ Training Course. Another route for renewal can be to take a higher-level CompTIA certification to update the skills.

Eligibility Criteria: This certification does not require any previous educational experience as it has its own set of merits. However, a CompTIA Network+ certification and 2 years of experience in IT Administration with a security focus are recommended to take the exam.

Time Taken To Prepare For The Exam: Although the preparation of this exam takes about 35-40 days, it does not mean that everyone appearing for the exam has a similar level. Everybody has their own pace and level of understanding and might take their own time to prepare thoroughly for the exam

An applicant is required to create a Pearson VUE testing account after which it will be allotted a test center or taken online.  Register for the exam here.

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