CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+

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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.

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UPDATE

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.

UPDATE 2

“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.

13 Comments

  1. The CSO-001 is official as of 2017-02-15. The objectives are here:

    http://www.comptia.jp/pdf/comptia-cybersecurity-analyst-(cs0-001).pdf

    The test costs $320!

    I suspect the CSA+ is going to compete with the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker). Much like the CASP competes with CISSP.

    Looks to me like there will not be any study material for the CSA+ until April 2017.

  2. Hi Darril,

    I have just taken the exam this morning and I’m glad that I have read your post in Linkedin about CSA+ on skipping the first five questions.

    Though CompTIA has mentioned on its website that the beta was closed on 15 Aug 2016, Pearson Vue vendor did not stop me from taking the exam today.

    • Barry, Registration is closed on 15th , you can take exam till 31 August if already registered

  3. Hi Darril, I cant see anything on the CompTIA website that says you will get the cert if you pass just a pass fail score are you sure you get the cert from passing the beta? Its £29.00 + tax (v.a.t) in the UK

    • Hi Tim,

      > are you sure you get the cert from passing the beta?

      No. CompTIA isn’t giving much information on this beta so I can’t say with 100% assurance that you will get the cert if you pass the betas. It’s a question to ask the folks at CompTIA.

      However, I’d be surprised if they didn’t award the cert to someone that passes.

      Then again, I was surprised that they are charging people to take the beta. I expect the reasoning is that they want anyone that takes it to have some “skin in the game.”

  4. Hi, Pricing on the exam is EUR 45.

  5. Just registered for beta exam but its not free

    • Good luck, Asir.

      • Thanks Dasrril but i am surprised about the non professional attitude of people at Comptia , even they are charging for the exam everything is ambiguous , we dont know the time allowed for exam , we don t know the scope and the objectives of exam , we dont know that they will award certificate or not , we dont know the passing marks , it looks like they have planned an experiment on our expanse , very smart

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