Are you pursuing the CASP certification?

If so you might like to know that I’m adding questions regularly and the Get Certified Get Ahead bank of questions is now up to 32 questions.

I’m practically giving them away at the outrageously low price of only 99 cents for 60 days access. However, this price won’t last.

I’ll be raising the price after Black Friday.

If the CASP is in your future, the time to act is now (before the holiday week consumes your time and energy).

If you buy the questions now, not only will you avoid the price increase, but you’lll also have access to all the new questions I add for the entire length of your subscription.

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CASP Advice

People regularly query me for CASP advice, and advice on other technical topics and certifications. Here’s one query asking about what to take after the Security+ certification. It’s a common theme and this person is asking about the CASP certification.

CASP Advice

Good evening Darril, I hope your week is going well. I saw a post in regards to about CASP and you sent a whitepaper in regards to demand of this certification. I am at a crossroad sin regards to the next security certification that I want to obtain and I am torn between CISSP and CASP.

I would like to take CASP because I can build from the my Security + certification and is it lot cheaper and potentially can give more marketability in the market. Do you have any suggestions or advice, please? Thank you for your time.

Hi xxx,

From a marketability perspective, I see CISSP as much stronger than CASP. If you see something different in your area, than perhaps CASP is more marketable, but that’s not what I’m seeing.

This is true for both security jobs and teaching jobs (I see you’re an adjunct instructor).

You’re correct that CASP is easier to achieve than the CISSP after the Security+.

Another option is to pursue the SSCP. Many people use it as a stepping stone on their path to get the CISSP. If you’ve recently passed the Security+ certification, you’re probably closer to it than you are to getting the CASP.

Hope this helps.


Want to know more?  Here’s a blog about the Best Security Certification Path.

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CASP Experts Needed

Are you an IT security professional?

If so, you might be interested in helping CompTIA develop the next version of their CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) Certification exam.

There is an exam workshop for the CASP exam to be held outside Chicago (CompTIA headquarters) in early August. Highly experienced technical subject matter experts in security are needed for this workshop, where the cut score will be set for the new CASP exam and some exam questions will be written. See this web page for more information and to submit your resume/application if you think you are qualified. These workshops are a great opportunity to network with peers, and discuss matters of common professional interest.

CASP Cut Score Workshop

The cut score workshop is scheduled August 4th-8th, 2014, at CompTIA Headquarters. 3500 Lacey Rd, Suite 100, Downers Grove, IL 60515. (Downers Grove is a suburb of Chicago).

The purpose of a Cut Score Workshop is to set the passing standard for the certification exam and to help create items for the exam.

CASP SMEs Needed

Assistance from subject matter experts (SMEs) is crucial in providing an industry relevant exam. Potential SMEs must be IT professionals with at least 5 years current experience working in enterprise level technical security management.  It is preferred that SMEs are CompTIA Security+ certified or have equivalent/higher experience.

SMEs will receive a $300 a day stipend for the 5-day workshop, as well as meals provided during the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. working days. Recognition for SMEs includes listing on the CompTIA website pending full participation in the program.

You can apply to become a CompTIA Subject Matter Expert here. If you have questions about the application process, email

Even if you’re not a subject matter expert on CASP topics, you can still apply to be a subject matter expert for other exams such as A+, Network+, or Security+.

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CASP Exam Update

CASP Exam Being Revised

It is time to revise the CASP exam and development begins with a JTA (Job Task Analysis) workshop in October. This is where the exam objectives for the next exam are determined.

Highly experienced technical security professionals at the enterprise level are needed for this workshop. A modest daily stipend is payable, and the networking opportunity with peers in the industry is likely to make this a rewarding way to spend a week of your time.

Advanced Security Experts Needed

CompTIA is looking for IT professionals who have extensive experience in enterprise-level security management to be involved in updating the objectives for our CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification exam.

In this “Job Task Analysis” workshop, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) will identify areas of competence required for the certification, and ensure examination objectives are relevant to job roles and activities for the target audience.

Assistance from SMEs is crucial in providing an industry relevant exam. Potential SMEs must be IT professionals with at least five years current experience working in enterprise-level security management. It is preferred that SMEs are CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certified or have equivalent experience.

SMEs will receive a $300 a day stipend for the 5-day workshop, as well as meals provided during the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. working days. Recognition for SMEs includes listing on the CompTIA website pending full participation in the program.

Become a CompTIA Subject Matter ExpertWhen: Oct. 7-11, 2013

Where: CompTIA Headquarters, Downers Grove, IL. Downers Grove is a western suburb of Chicago accessible by O’Hare and Midway airports.

Only professionals currently working in enterprise-level security management should apply. Although CompTIA appreciates interest from the training community, applications from trainers, authors, or individuals who may profit or materially benefit from knowledge of the CompTIA credential content are not eligible to participate.

If you have questions about the application process, email

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CASP Now Approved for DoD 8570

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification is a newer certification from CompTIA that is starting to get more attention. It was recently approved as one of the certifications by Department of Defense (DoD) and is listed on the same level as the CISSP certification in some categories.

I have written about the (CASP) certification in the past in these blogs:

Where Does CASP Fit In?

A common question that many people ask is “Where does the CASP fit in when compared to other security certifications?” The following list includes some common security certifications from easiest to most difficult:

There are other certifications but these are some that are commonly pursued by many individuals.

It’s easier to understand how the CASP fits into the DoD certifications if you understand the basics of the certification levels. The following topics explain the DoD IT hierarchy, shows how different certifications fit into different levels.

DoD Approved 8570 Baseline Certifications

As an extension of Appendix 3 to the DoD 8570.01-Manual, several certifications have been approved as Information Assurance (IA) baseline certifications for the IA Workforce. Personnel performing IA functions must obtain one of the certifications required for their position category or specialty and level.

This page provides a listing of the specific certifications required at each level, but here’s a short summary.

DoD Information Technology Hierarchy

The DoD IT hierarchy is divided into three general levels (Level I, Level II, and Level III) and each of the IA levels are related to one of these levels.

Level I

Level I is the basic computing environment and often referred to as a local computing environment. In general, this refers to desktop and laptop computers and hand held computing devices. A computing environment may have one or more servers.

Level II

Level II is the networking environment. It can include an operations network, a logistics network, and a human resources network. Level II networks are connected to Level I computing environments.

Level III

Level III refers to an enclave environment. It consists of two or more networks controlled by enclave security policies and procedures. A Level III enclave environment is connected to one or more Level II network environments.

Information Assurance Technical (IAT)

In general, IAT positions include anyone that require privileged access to a DoD information system Computing, Network, or Enclave environment. For example, anyone requiring administrative access for a system fits into this category.

IAT Level I

IAT Level II

Information Assurance Management (IAM)

In general, IAM positions include anyone that has responsibility for managing information system security for a DoD Information System Computing, Network, or Enclave environment.

IAM Level I
IAM Level II

Information Assurance System Architect and Engineer (IASAE)

In general, IASAE positions include anyone that has responsibility for the design, development, implementation, and/or integration of a DoD IA architecture, system, or system component for a DoD Information System Computing, Network, or Enclave environment?



The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification is now approved for certain DoD levels. Because of this, you can expect to see this certification to get more recognition and respect going forward. In some cases, this is on the same level as the CISSP certification.

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