SY0-401 Differences in Network Security

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If you plan to take the Security+ exam, you might be interested in the SY0-401 differences in Network Security. CompTIA has changed the weighting of this domain reducing it from 21% in the SY0-301 to 20% in the SY0-401 exam. However, this is still significant. You can expect as many as 20 questions on network security.

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Most of the objectives in the 401 exam match up to objectives in the 301 exam though they are worded slightly differently.  Additionally, you’ll see that some new items have been added such as:

  • Unified Threat Management (UTM)
  • Additional cloud computing concepts such as private, public, hybrid, and community
  • Layered security and defense in depth
  • Additional protocols such as iSCSI, Fibre Channel, FCoE
  • The addition of the OSI model in relation to protocols and services
  • Additional wireless topics such as captive portals, antenna types, site surveys, and VPN (over open wireless)

SY0-401 Differences in Network Devices

First, this objective is listed different as shown in the following table:

SY0-301SY0-401
Explain the security function and purpose of network devices and technologiesImplement security configuration parameters on network devices and other technologies.

In the 301 objective, you only needed to “explain.” However, this is changed to “implement” in the 401 exam, and it requires you to understand some of the “security configuration parameters.” Even though most of the items in the list are the same between the 301 and 401 exam, the objective changes the focus of these items. Some of the differences in this list are relatively minor. For example:

  • NIDS and NIPS still includes behavior based, signature based, anomaly based, and heuristic, but they are reformatted as separate bullets.
  • Sniffers is missing. However, a sniffer is just a nickname for a protocol analyzer so the concept of sniffers remains.

Two other differences indicate a change in focus.

  • UTM security appliances replaces all-in-one security appliances. It includes the following sub-bullets, which were not directly associated with all-in-one security appliances in the 301 objectives:
    • URL filter
    • Content inspection
    • Malware inspection

Note: UTM is short for unified threat management. You can think of a UTM security appliance as an all-in-one security appliance.

  • Application aware devices is a new item and it includes the following bullets
    • Firewalls
    • IDS
    • IPS
    • Proxies

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SY0-401 Differences in Network Administration Principles

Even though this objective is worded slightly different, it doesn’t change what you need to know. However, it might result in more “scenario” based questions.

SY0-301SY0-401
Apply and implement secure network administration principlesGiven a scenario, use secure network administration principles

The two items that are different are:

  • “Network separation” replaces “prevent network bridging by network separation”
  • Unified Threat Management is a new topic

SY0-401 Differences in Network Design

The wording of this objective is relatively minor and does not affect what you need to know for this topic.

SY0-301SY0-401
Distinguish and differentiate network design elements and compoundsExplain network design elements and components.

However, CompTIA did add some new topics in the Cloud Computing section. Specifically, they added these topics within Cloud Computing:

  • Private
  • Public
  • Hybrid
  • Community

Another new topic in this section is “Layered security / Defense in depth” though that really isn’t a new concept. Even though these words weren’t specifically used in the 301 objectives, the concepts were included. This edition just makes it a little clearer that this knowledge is needed.

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- 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.

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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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- 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 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.

- 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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A random set of 20 performance-based questions using drag and drop, matching, sorting, and fill in-the blank. This set includes performance-based questions on RAID.

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Simulated performance-based questions included with

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SY0-401 Differences in Common Protocols and Services

This 401 objective combined two objectives in the 301 exam. It includes three sections, Protocols, Ports, and OSI Relevance.

SY0-301SY0-401

Implement and use common protocols
Identify commonly used default network ports

Given a scenario, implement common protocols and services.

The protocols section added the following protocols:

  • iSCSI
  • Fibre Channel
  • FCoE

The addition of OSI Relevance in this section is interesting. It indicates that you’ll likely be tested on which layer the protocols in this section operate on. For those that learned and remember the OSI model from their Network+ studies, this isn’t much of an addition. However, you’ll still need to brush up on it.

SY0-401 Differences in Wireless Networks

The wireless objective shifts the focus from implementation to troubleshooting security issues. It still includes many of the same topics though.

SY0-301SY0-401
Implement wireless network in a secure mannerGiven a scenario, troubleshoot security issues related to wireless networking.

One change is “SSID broadcast” to “Disable SSID broadcast.” Additionally, the following topics are new:

  • Captive portals
  • Antenna types
  • Site surveys
  • VPN (over open wireless)

SY0-401 Differences in Network Security Summary

Overall, the differences in this section are relatively minor. There are some additions and the objectives have been reworded. However, overall, the objectives have not changed much.

SY0-401 Differences in Network Security

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2 Comments

  1. Just took the 401 exam and passed, but I have to warn people the SY0-401 official study guide and practice exams you see online do not properly prepare you for the exam. The first five questions were simulations, everything from configuring a wireless router on a network to in depth mobile and terminal server security. Most of the questions were not even covered in the prep guide. When I mentioned this to the exam coordinator she said that many people said the same thing. Not sure how to prepare if the materials from CompTIA are not covering the test questions. Good luck!

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