Have you heard about the new CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+ certification that CompTIA is working on?
CompTIA recently completed the Cybersecurity Analyst+ Job Task Analysis (JTA) workshop. Security analysts verified job tasks that they considered relevant for this job and CompTIA currently has a survey to get the opinions of experts in the field.
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+ Survey
Are you a security professional with experience in the IT security field? If so, CompTIA would love to get your feedback.
They currently have a survey on this certification. If you’re interested, you can access the survey here.
In addition to providing your expert opinion, this survey will give you some insight into the objectives for this certification.
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst Beta Exam Coming Soon
I don’t know the details, but CompTIA used a similar process for the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification. They had a Job Task Analysis (JTA) workshop, released a survey, and then about a month or so later, they released a beta exam.
The great thing about a beta exam is that it doesn’t cost anything, but if you pass it, you still get the cert. If I hear about the beta exam, I’ll pass on the details in my newsletter first.
The beta exam started June 30, 2016 on the Pearson VUE site. You can register here, but space is limited.
The cost is $50 to register for this beta exam.
Also, CompTIA has not released objectives publicly for this, so I can’t recommend it at this time.
“Final exam to be released in Q1 2017. The CSA+ beta exam registration is closed. If you took the beta exam, your pass/fail results will be sent directly from Pearson VUE when the exam is released in Q1 2017. Thank you for taking the beta and helping CompTIA further define IT workforce skills in security analytics.” – From CompTIA website
Also, you can now download the objectives for this exam from the CompTIA website. Here’s the link today, but CompTIA frequently changes their links so if it is broken, a better choice is to use Google to search on CompTIA CSA+ Cybersecurity Analyst.
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst Certification
The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+ exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to configure and use threat detection tools, perform data analysis, and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats, and risks to an organization, with the end goal of securing and protecting applications and systems within an organization.
Domains covered by the exam will likely be in the following four areas:
- Threat Management
- Vulnerability Management
- Cyber Incident Response
- Security Architecture and Tool Sets
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst Comparison
The Cybersecurity Analyst+ certification will fall between the CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certifications. For a comparison, here are the recommended number of years required for these three certifications.
- CompTIA Security+. A minimum of 2 years experience in IT administration with a focus on security.
- CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+. A minimum of 3 to 4 years of hands-on information security or related experience.
- CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP). A minimum of 10 years experience in IT administration including at least 5 years of hands-on technical security experience.
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+ Certification Summary
As with any new certification, we don’t know all the details yet. However, as I learn new information, I will be letting people know. Stay tuned.