SY0-401 Differences in Application, Data and Host Security

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On the surface, it might look like the SY0-401 differences in Application, Data and Host Security are minimal. CompTIA reduced the weighting of this domain from 16% in the SY0-301 exam to 15% in the SY0-401 exam. However, some of the changes were significant. As an example, they added a full new objective on mobile devices.

Also, some of the reworded objectives require a much deeper set of knowledge. For example, instead of just knowing about the importance of data security, you’re expected to know how to implement security controls to protect data security. You can expect to see as many as 15 questions on these topics.

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SY0-401 Differences in Application Security

CompTIA modified the first objective slightly to focus on specific controls used with application security.

SY0-301 SY0-401
Explain the importance of application security Explain the importance of application security controls and techniques.

They also added the following two new topics within this objective:

  • NoSQL databases vs. SQL databases
  • Server-side vs. Client-side validation

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SY0-401 Differences in Mobile Security

Mobile devices continue to be more and more popular. Similarly, mobile security has  become more and more important to organizations. While the SY0-301 addressed some mobile device security in the context of host security, CompTIA dedicated a full objective to it in the SY0-401 exam.

SY0-301 SY0-401
Carry out appropriate procedures to establish host security Summarize mobile security concepts and technologies.

The first topic in this section is Device Security and it includes many familiar objectives with some new ones. New concepts are bold to highlight them.

  • Device security
    • Full device encryption
    • Remote wiping
    • Lockout
    • Screen-locks
    • GPS
    • Application control
    • Storage segmentation
    • Asset tracking
    • Inventory control
    • Mobile device management
    • Device access control
    • Removable storage
    • Disabling unused features

The Application security topic is new in that it focuses specifically on application security for mobile devices.

  • Application security
    • Key management
    • Credential management
    • Authentication
    • Geo-tagging
    • Encryption
    • Application whitelisting
    • Transitive trust/authentication

Bring your own device (BYOD) has also become increasingly popular and the next section covers many security concerns related to BYOD.

  • BYOD concerns
    • Data ownership
    • Support ownership
    • Patch management
    • Antivirus management
    • Forensics
    • Privacy
    • On-boarding/off-boarding
    • Adherence to corporate policies
    • User acceptance
    • Architecture/infrastructure considerations
    • Legal concerns
    • Acceptable use policy
    • On-board camera/video

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SY0-401 Differences in Host Security

The host security topic is slightly modified to include the phrase “Given a scenario.” This indicates it will include more questions starting with one or two sentences to identify the scenario before you choose the best option. Also, the mobile devices topic was moved to it’s own objective.

SY0-301 SY0-401
Carry out appropriate procedures to establish host security Given a scenario, select the appropriate solution to establish host security.

Several topics are added in this section but they were included in the SY0-301 exam in other objectives. They are:

  • OS hardening
  • Trusted OS
  • Host-based intrusion detection

Host-based firewalls was previously a sub-bullet under anti-malware but is now listed as its own bullet in this section. CompTIA added one new objective and several sub-topics under Virtualization:

  • White listing vs. black listing applications
  • Virtualization
    • Snapshots
    • Patch compatibility
    • Host availability/elasticity
    • Security control testing
    • Sandboxing

SY0-401 Differences in Data Security

The Data Security has a significant change in the wording of the objective. Instead of just of knowledge of data security so that you could explain it, the new objective expects you to be able to implement appropriate controls.

SY0-301 SY0-401
Explain the importance of data security Implement the appropriate controls to ensure data security.

While some topics are the same, there are several new topics, including:

  • Cloud storage
  • SAN
  • Handling Big Data
  • Data in-transit, Data at-rest, Data in-use
  • Permissions/ACL
  • Data policies
    • Wiping
    • Disposing
    • Retention
    • Storage

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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You'll see a list of authentication methods and authentication factors along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the authentication methods with the authentication factors. You'll then have six questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This set also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

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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 is similar to Set 2 but expands on the possibilities. The set also includes a link to a page showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

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 SY0-401 Differences in Application, Data and Host Security Summary

While CompTIA is giving less weight to this topic by reducing it from 16% to 15%, it has some significant changes.  You can expect to see a greater emphasis on mobile device security, and on the controls available to enforce data security.  It also includes several new topics such as application security and BYOD.

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