SY0-501 Study Guide

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Woo Hoo! I’ve been working on the SY0-501 Study Guide for a few months now, but gratefully, the end is in sight.

I’ve finished the content for the last chapter and expect everything to move much quicker at this point. I still need to do another pass through it, but expect to pass it to the technical editor today or tomorrow at the latest. I’m also thankful that so many talented people are working behind the scenes to help me with this.

SY0-501 Next Version

In case you haven’t heard, CompTIA has announced the next version of the Security+ exam. You can still take the 401 version until July 2018 so there’s no need to rush to the 501 version if you don’t have.

I frequently get queries from people on the 501 version. Here are a couple of common questions:

Q. Are you creating a 501 version of the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide?

Yes. Absolutely.

Q. When will the 501 version of the study guide be available?

I expect the paperback version to be available in October 2018. One of the important steps is to get it evaluated and approved as Certified Approved Quality Content (CAQC). That process takes as long as 30 days.

I expect the Kindle version to be available in September.

Q. Should I wait and take the 501 exam instead of the 401 exam?

If you want to delay your career, then by all means, wait.

However, if you have a need or desire to earn the Security+ certification, than study for and take the exam that is available now.

You can view a list of FAQs on the 501 version here.

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SY0-501 Differences

One of the biggest differences in the SY0-501 exam is that it covers much more than the SY0-401 exam. For example, the SY0-401 objective list includes 14 pages of actual objectives. In contrast, the SY0-501 exam includes 18 pages of objectives. That’s four more pages of detailed objectives.

This might not be apparent though due to how CompTIA recently reformatted the objectives.

What’s the same?

Many of the objectives are familiar. Here’s a summary of many of the familiar topics.

  • Networking. There is still a heavy emphasis on networking topics. The 401 version included Domain 1 Network Security, which was 20% of the exam. The 501 version doesn’t have a Network Security domain, but networking topics are included in many of the new domains.
  • Malware and attacks. Many of the common malware types and attacks are included, but there are some new ones.
  • Vulnerability and penetration testing. Many of the familiar vulnerability scanning and penetration testing objectives remain.
  • Protocols. Many of the familiar protocols are included. However, there is very little mention of ports. In contrast, the 401 version tested ports heavily,
  • Risk management. Many of these topics are familiar though there are some additions such as understanding a supply chain assessment.
  • Cryptography. Many of the cryptography topics are familiar, but there are some new ones.

For example, there is still a heavy emphasis on networking topics and most of the cryptography topics are the same. Similarly, many of the malware and attack topics are similar, though there are some changes and additions.

CompTIA Security+ Study Guide (SY0-401)

The 401 Version of the Study Guide is Now Available

SY0-401 Study GuideThe CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide is an update to the top-selling SY0-201 and SY0-301 study guides, which have helped thousands of readers pass the exam the first time they took it.

CompTIA Authorized Quality Content (CAQC)After a comprehensive review by ProCert Labs, the SY0-401 version has been certified as CompTIA Approved Quality Content (CAQC) and covers every aspect of the SY0-401 exam.

It includes the same elements readers raved about in the previous two versions.

Each of the eleven chapters presents topics in an easy to understand manner and includes real-world examples of security principles in action.

You’ll understand the important and relevant security topics for the Security+ exam, without being overloaded with unnecessary details. Additionally, each chapter includes a comprehensive review section to help you focus on what’s important.


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Over 400 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations will help you test your comprehension and readiness for the exam. The book includes:

  • A 100 question pre-test
  • A 100 question post-test
  • Practice test questions at the end of every chapter.

Each practice test question includes a detailed explanation to help you understand the content and the reasoning behind the question. You’ll be ready to take and pass the exam the first time you take it.

If you plan to pursue any of the advanced security certifications, this guide will also help you lay a solid foundation of security knowledge. Learn this material, and you’ll be a step ahead for other exams. This SY0-401 study guide is for any IT or security professional interested in advancing in their field, and a must read for anyone striving to master the basics of IT security.

Kindle edition also available.

What’s new? 

A lot. Here’s a summary of many the new items.

  • Command line tools. Many specific command line tools are listed such as netstat, tracert, tcpdump, nmap, and netcat.
  • Linux. Many specific Linux commands are listed in the objectives. For example, ifconfig is only on Linux systems. Additionally, the objectives open up the possibility of including many more Linux commands. As an example, do you know what chroot is for?
  • Programming and development concepts.  I was a little surprised at how many programming and development concepts were included in the objectives. Some are basic concepts such as error handling and input validation. However, some are advanced such as normalization, stored procedures, dead code, obfuscation, and more. I wonder how easy these concepts will be for IT professionals without programming experience to master.
  • Mobile devices. There is a huge expansion of mobile device coverage. Some of the items are trivial such as “Cellular” as a connection method. There are very few people seeking the Security+ certification that don’t have a cellular phone.  But many of the items are complex such as sideloading, rooting, jailbreaking, USB OTG, WiFidirect, and more. There is also increased coverage of mobile device management concepts.
  • Embedded systems. One objective is to explain the security implications of embedded systems with a list of systems. While the security implications are common for most of these items, test takers will need to know many acronyms such as SCADA, ICS, IoT, HVAC, SoC, RTOC, MFD, and UAV.
  • Use cases. There is an extensive list of use cases. While these can be relatively easy to create in a work environment, they often mean different things to different people. For example, developers create use cases one way and management creates use cases another way. While IT administrators can create them, it isn’t common. I wonder how the test item writers interpreted these objectives.

Full Security+ Course

Full Security+ Course Now Available

Helping you Pass the First Time

Online access includes all of the content from the

CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide

  • Introduction
  • About the exam (including types of questions and strategies for performance-based questions)
  • 100 question pre-assessment exam
  • Mastering Security Basics (full content from Chapter 1 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • Exploring Control Types and Methods (full content from Chapter 2 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • Understanding Basic Network Security (full content from Chapter 3 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • Securing Your Network (full content from Chapter 4 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • Securing Hosts and Data (full content from Chapter 5 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • Understanding Malware and Social Engineering (full content from Chapter 6 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • Identifying Advanced Attacks (full content from Chapter 7 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • Managing Risk (full content from Chapter 8 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • Preparing for Business Continuity (full content from Chapter 9 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • Understanding Cryptography (full content from Chapter 10 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • Exploring Operational Security (full content from Chapter 11 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 20 practice test questions)
  • 100 question post-assessment exam
  • Security+ Acronyms

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Test your readiness with these quality materials

Random 100-question tests

Random practice tests from the all of the practice test questions in the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide. All questions include explanations so you'll know why the correct answers are correct, and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.

34 Simulated Performance-based Questions

Eight sets of performance-based questions with multiple questions in each set. These questions help you understand and prepare for performance based questions.

22 Realistic Performance-based Questions

Two new sets of performance-based questions with a total of 22 questions. These new questions use a new testing engine that includes realistic drag and drop, matching, sorting, and fill in the blank questions.

Flashcard Set

  • 273 Security+ Flashcards to reinforce key testable concepts
  • 280 Security+ acronyms flashcards to help you master the required acronyms
  • 204 Security+ Remember This slides

Audio - SY0-401 Security+ Remember This Audio Files

Learn by Listening. Over one hour and 15 minutes of audio (MP3 downloads.)

Audio - SY0-401 Security+ Question and Answer Audio Files

Learn by Listening. Over three hours hour and 15 minutes of audio (MP3 downloads.)

Bonus #1

Audio from the end of chapter reviews from each of the chapters in the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide. Over one hour and 15 minutes of additional audio.

Bonus #2

Subnetting mini-tutorial that will help you answer two key question types:
  • Identify how many hosts a subnet supports
  • Identify valid IP addresses within a subnet

Bonus #3 

Access the study materials for a total of 60 days because sometimes life happens.

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SY0-501 Study Guide Online Content

With all the new objectives, a challenge I’ve had is keeping the book at a manageable size while also covering all the objectives. I decided to create some online materials that will be free to anyone with the study guide. While these materials aren’t ready for prime time yet, they will include additional practice test questions, some sample performance-based questions, and labs.

Security+ Practice Test Questions

SYO-401 Practice Test Questions Now Available

Over 440 realistic Security+ practice test questions

All questions include explanations so you'll know why the correct answers are correct,

and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.

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the First Time You Take It

Multiple quiz formats to let you use these questions based on the way you learn.
  • Learn mode - randomized. View each of the questions in random order. Learn mode allows you to keep selecting answers until you select the correct answer. Once you select the correct answer, you'll see the explanation. Click here to see how learn mode works.
  • Learn mode - not randomized. View each of the questions in the same order. Use this if you want to make sure that you see all of the questions. Learn mode allows you to keep selecting answers until you select the correct answer. Once you select the correct answer, you'll see the explanation. Click here to see how learn mode works.
  • Test mode - randomized. View each of the questions in random order. In test mode, you can only see the correct answers and explanations after you complete the test. Click here to see how test mode works.
  • Test mode - not randomized. View each of the questions in the same order. In test mode, you can only see the correct answers and explanations after you complete the test. Click here to see how test mode works.
  • Test mode - 100 random questions. View 100 random questions from the full test bank similar to how the Security+ exam has a potential maximum of 100 multiple choice questions. In test mode, you can only see the correct answers and explanations after you complete the test. Click here to see how test mode works.

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INCLUDES QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU PREPARE

FOR THE NEW PERFORMANCE BASED QUESTIONS 

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.

- 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.

New - Performance Based Question - Set 10

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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