Security+ SY0-201 and SY0-301 Differences

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If you’re studying for the CompTIA Security+ exam, you probably know there are currently two versions of the exam. The SY0-201 Security+ exam came out in 2008 and is available until December 31, 2011. The new Security+ version (SY0-301) has been available since May 2011. As I’ve been updating my CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead book I’ve spent a lot of time comparing the objectives for the two versions and identifying the differences.

My first impression was that there were many similarities and not that many differences. I was wrong. I found that almost every chapter I updated simply took me more time to rewrite since there are so many differences.

Some of the differences are obvious such as the addition of control types and cloud computing. Similarly, the networking section omits “antiquated protocols” and instead focuses on specific relevant protocols and ports.

However, other differences are subtle. For example, the objectives provide a better focus on risk and risk management. The word “risk” is included much more (nine times verse four times in the previous version). More, the objectives focus more directly on elements of risk and methods of mitigating it.

A risk is the likelihood that a threat (a potential danger) will exploit a vulnerability (a weakness). Risk management is the practice of identifying, monitoring, and limiting risks to a manageable level. Of course, you can’t eliminate risk. However, by implementing different security controls, you can either reduce vulnerabilities or reduce the impact of threats. The objectives guide the prospective candidate through a variety of different threats, vulnerabilities, and controls in such a way that the candidate can see the connections. These aren’t disjointed topics.

Risk management has become very important in IT security because there are so many threats that can affect a company’s bottom line. It’s important for any organization to have IT professionals with a solid understanding of basic security concepts. These IT professionals are the front line of risk management, and if they understand the risks, they are better prepared to help the organization reduce their risk. In contrast, ten years or so ago, there was little focus on risk by IT personnel.

I’m hard at work updating the next version of this book. Even though it is taking me a little longer than I anticipated, I’m confident that when we’re done it’ll help many people learn the Security+ concepts and pass the SY0-301 version of the Security+ exam the first time they take it. Additionally, they’ll be prepared to help reduce risks within their organization.

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The CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-301 Study Guide Security+ SY0 201 and SY0 301 Differences is available at this time.

Also, many people have said they have used the 201 study guide along with this 301 practice test questions book and have been able to pass the 301 exam: CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead- SY0-301 Practice Test Questions. Security+ SY0 201 and SY0 301 Differences

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Additional Security+ questions to help you prepare for the new performance based questions. These are included with the full bank of Security+ practice test questions and are divided into different sections. For example, you'll have access to the following links:

- Performance Based Question - Set 1

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of security to mobile devices and servers in a data center. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 2

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of attacks with the name of the attack type. You'll then have five questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 3

You'll see a graphic showing a network with computers and servers separated by a firewall. The firewall is used to control traffic between the computers and users using rules within an access control list (ACL).  You'll have three questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly identify the relevant components of the rule. The incorrect answers and explanation provide you with insight into how to correctly answer this type of question on the actual exam.

- Performance Based Question - Set 4

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam related to what a forensic analyst would do during an investigation. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 5

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match protocols and ports. You'll then have seven questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

New - Performance Based Question - Set 6

You'll see a list of security controls along with a graphic showing devices and locations within an organization, along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the controls with the devices and locations. You'll then have four questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.
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Bonus - Performance Based Questions

Additional Security+ questions to help you prepare for the new performance based questions. These are included with the full bank of Security+ practice test questions and are divided into different sections. For example, you'll have access to the following links:

- Performance Based Question - Set 1

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of security to mobile devices and servers in a data center. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 2

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of attacks with the name of the attack type. You'll then have five questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 3

You'll see a graphic showing a network with computers and servers separated by a firewall. The firewall is used to control traffic between the computers and users using rules within an access control list (ACL).  You'll have three questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly identify the relevant components of the rule. The incorrect answers and explanation provide you with insight into how to correctly answer this type of question on the actual exam.

- Performance Based Question - Set 4

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam related to what a forensic analyst would do during an investigation. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 5

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match protocols and ports. You'll then have seven questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

New - Performance Based Question - Set 6

You'll see a list of security controls along with a graphic showing devices and locations within an organization, along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the controls with the devices and locations. You'll then have four questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.
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3 Comments

  1. Hi, mr Darrill i was study until today using version Sys-201 of your book. I was really frustrated when i red the dead line of the exam (31 of december). I hope the new book Sys-301 appear as soon as possible.

  2. I’m expecting the new book to be released this week and I’ll certainly mention it on this site when it does come out. If you don’t expect to take the 201 version, you’ll find that a lot of the information you’re gaining from the 201 book will still be helpful. However, if you plan on taking the 301 version, the 301 book will much more helpful.

    Best of luck in your studies,

    Darril Gibson

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