SY0-401 Differences in Compliance and Operational Security

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You’ll notice several SY0-401 differences in Compliance and Operational Security compared to the SY0-301 exam. The weighting of this domain is the same at 18%. You can expect to see as many as 18 questions on Compliance and Operational Security. While many of the topics from the SY0-301 exam are in the 401 objectives, you’ll find that many have been reorganized and some have been expanded. A significant addition is an objective related to integrating systems and data with third parties.

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SY0-401 Differences in Risk Related Concepts

This objective has a minor change in the wording expecting you to focus on the importance of risk related concepts.

SY0-301SY0-401
Explain risk related conceptsExplain the importance of risk related concepts.

CompTIA has added some new items in this objective, though they were either in other areas of the SY0-301 objectives, or implied by existing objectives. For example, False negatives is a new bullet but it was implied with the existing False positives in the previous version.

Under Risk calculations, SLE and ARO are new bullets but they were in the acronym list and you needed to understand them in order to calculate the ALE.

MTTR and MTBF are also added here, but they were in the same objective in the previous exam. The difference is that they were spelled out as Mean time to restore and mean time between failures.

Last, Recovery time objective and recovery point objective is added in this objective, but it was in a different objective in this section in the previous exam. The only completely new item is MTTF.

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SY0-401 Differences in Third Party Issues

This objective is completely new and doesn’t match an objective in the previous exam.

SY0-301SY0-401
Summarize the security implications of integrating systems and data with third parties.

It includes the following objectives:

  • On-boarding/off-boarding business partners
  • Social media networks and/or applications
  • Interoperability agreements
    • SLA
    • BPA
    • MOU
    • ISA
  • Privacy considerations
  • Risk awareness
  • Unauthorized data sharing
  • Data ownership
  • Data backups
  • Follow security policy and procedures
  • Review agreement requirements to verify compliance and performance standards

While some of the topics were implied or covered in the previous version, you’ll need to understand them within the context of third parties in the 401 exam.

SY0-401 Differences in Risk Mitigation

The wording of this objective is worded slightly different but the meaning is primarily the same.

SY0-301SY0-401
Carry out appropriate risk mitigation strategiesGiven a scenario, implement appropriate risk mitigation strategies.

One item, Implement security controls based on risk, was removed from this objective. However, security controls are included in several objectives. Another item was slightly modified:

  • 301: Implement policies and procedures to prevent data loss or theft
  • 401: Enforce policies and procedures to prevent data loss or theft

Last the following bullets were added here, though DLP was included in the previous version:

  • Enforce technology controls
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

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SY0-401 Differences in Basic Forensic Procedures

Incident response was a single objective in the previous version but CompTIA separated it into two objectives in the current version. The first objective addresses forensic procedures. The wording of the first objective is slightly modified but execute and implement mean basically the same thing.

SY0-301SY0-401
Execute appropriate incident response proceduresGiven a scenario, implement basic forensic procedures.

Several items were moved into the next objective. However, one new item that is important to recognize is Big Data analysis.

SY0-401 Differences in Incident Response

The wording of the following objective was modified giving it less emphasis on incident response.

SY0-301SY0-401
Execute appropriate incident response proceduresSummarize common incident response procedures.

While some of the items in this objective were in the previous objective, it’s worth listing them all due. I’ve highlighted the ones that are new.

  • Summarize common incident response procedures.
  • Preparation
  • Incident identification
  • Escalation and notification
  • Mitigation steps
  • Lessons learned
  • Reporting
  • Recovery/reconstitution procedures
  • First responder
  • Incident isolation
    • Quarantine
    • Device removal
  • Data breach
  • Damage and loss control

SY0-401 Differences in Awareness and Training

Here’s one of the few objectives that has the same wording.

SY0-301SY0-401
Explain the importance of security related awareness and trainingExplain the importance of security related awareness and training.

However, it does have the following new topics within it:

  • Role-based training
  • Follow up and gather training metrics to validate compliance and security posture

While Information classification was in the previous version, CompTIA added the following classification labels in the new version.

  • High
  • Medium
  • Low
  • Confidential
  • Private
  • Public

Also, Threat awareness was slightly modified to New threats and new security trends/alerts.

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- Performance Based Question - Set 8

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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- 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.

- 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.

- Performance Based Question - Set 7

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.

- Performance Based Question - Set 8

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.

New - Performance Based Question - Set 9

New questions recently added using a different testing engine. See a demo here. This set includes drag and drop and matching questions on ports.

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SY0-401 Differences in Physical Security and Environmental Controls

This objective combined topics from several other objectives in the previous exam. Instead of only including environmental controls, it also includes objectives related to Physical security and Control types.

SY0-301SY0-401
Explain the impact and proper use of environmental controlsCompare and contrast physical security and environmental controls.

The Environmental controls bullet includes all of the original topics. However, the Video monitoring bullet was removed. Physical security is the next major topic in this section. It includes many topics from other objectives in the previous exam but adds the following new topics:

  • Proper lighting
  • Signs
  • Guards
  • Barricades
  • Biometrics
  • Protected distribution (cabling)
  • Alarms
  • Motion detection

Last, CompTIA chose to spell out the types of controls in the Control types topic.

  • Deterrent
  • Preventive
  • Detective
  • Compensating
  • Technical
  • Administrative

SY0-401 Differences in Risk Management Best Practices

This objective includes three topics: Business continuity concepts, Fault tolerance, and Disaster recovery concepts. It combines topics from two other objectives in the previous exam.

SY0-301SY0-401
Compare and contrast aspects of business continuity
Execute disaster recovery plans and procedures
Summarize risk management best practices.

The Business continuity concepts objective includes several familiar topics, but also adds the following new items:

  • Identification of critical systems and components
  • Risk assessment
  • High availability
  • Redundancy
  • Tabletop exercises

The Fault tolerance bullet includes the same topics from the redundancy and fault tolerance bullet in the previous exam. Last, the Disaster recovery concepts objective includes many of the same objectives from the Execute disaster recovery plans and procedures objective. The single change is that backups are reworded as:

  • Backup plans/policies

SY0-401 Differences in Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability

The last objective in this domain was significantly reworded with several additions. It’s worth noting that confidentiality, integrity and availability are so integral to IT security that these topics were implied in the previous exam. However, CompTIA clearly spelled out what they’re expecting you to know.

SY0-301SY0-401
Exemplify the concepts of confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA)Given a scenario, select the appropriate control to meet the goals of security.

The following bullets were added in this objective:

  • Confidentiality
    • Encryption
    • Access controls
    • Steganography
  • Integrity
    • Hashing
    • Digital signatures
    • Certificates
    • Non-repudiation
  • Availability
    • Redundancy
    • Fault tolerance
    • Patching
  • Safety
    • Fencing
    • Lighting
    • Locks
    • CCTV
    • Escape plans
    • Drills
    • Escape routes
    • Testing controls

SY0-401 Differences in Compliance and Operational Security Summary

This domain is weighted the same at 18% but it includes many changes. Most of the changes are just reorganization of the topics, but there are some new topics, such as integrating systems and data with third parties.

SY0-401 Differences in Compliance and Operational Security

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