New Security+ Exam

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Did you hear about the new Security+ (SY0-501) exam?

New Security+ Exam

Someone’s talking about it because I’ve recently received several queries asking me about it.

Yes, it’s true that CompTIA updates their exams every three years. And yes it’s reasonable to expect that they’ll update the Security+ exam this year.

When CompTIA updates their exams, it often causes anxiety with many people. They wonder how they should respond. And many of them send their queries to me.

Here’s a list of some of the questions I’ve received recently, and some of the questions I anticipate based on past transitions to new exams.

Q. Did CompTIA release objectives for the SY0-501 exam to the public?

A. No. At least not as I write this. Check the source here.

If you see a change before I do, please let me know and I’ll update the page.

Q. When will CompTIA release objectives for the SY0-501 exam?

A. Only CompTIA knows. When they do release the SY0-501 objectives, you’ll be able to access them on their Security+ page.

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  • 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.
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  • Test mode - 75 random questions. View 75 random questions from the full test bank similar to how the Security+ exam has a potential maximum of 75 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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Q. Will the SY0-501 exam be live the same day the objectives are released?

A. That is highly unlikely. In the past CompTIA has released the objectives to the public, and then the exam has gone live a few months later.

Note that they typically update the exam every three years. The launch date for the previous version was in May, 2014. It’s reasonable to expect the next version of the exam will be in 2017.

Q. When the SY0-501 exam goes live, can I still take the SY0-401 exam?

A. Yes. In the past, CompTIA has had an overlap period of several months. For example, if the SY0-501 exam goes live in October 2017, you will probably be able to still take the SY0-401 exam at least until New Year’s Eve in 2017.

Update: The SY0-501 exam will launch in October 2017. You will be able to still take the SY0-401 exam until July 2018.

Update 2: CompTIA announced that the SY0-501 exam will launch on October 4, 2017.

Q. Should I wait for the SY0-501 exam?

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

A better approach is Carpe Certum! Seize the cert today.

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

Q. Will the SY0-501 objectives be different than the SY0-401 objectives.

A. Absolutely. CompTIA doesn’t release the same objectives and call them new.

Q. Are your materials for the SY0-401 exam good for the SY0-501 exam?

A. While there is likely to be some crossover between the objectives, it is best to use a source for the exam that you plan to take.

In other words, if you plan to take the SY0-401 exam, use materials targeted for the SY0-401 exam.

If you plan to take the SY0-501 exam, use materials targeted for the SY0-501 exam.

Q. When will you have materials available for the SY0-501 exam.

A. Stay tuned. I fully expect to have materials available for the SY0-501 exam by the time the exam goes live.

CompTIA Security+ Study Guide

The 501 Version of the Study Guide

The CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide is an update to the top-selling SY0-201, SY0-301, and SY0-401 study guides, which have helped thousands of readers pass the exam the first time they took it.  It includes the same elements readers raved about in the previous three 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.



Over 300 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations will help you test your comprehension and readiness for the exam. The book includes:

  • A 75 question pre-test
  • A 75 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 SY0-501 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.

Q. Which exam should I take? (Sy0-401 or SY0-501).

A. It really doesn’t matter.

Hiring managers want to know that you have the certification. They rarely care what your score was (as long as you passed) and they rarely care what version you take. Security+ certified is Security+ certified.

Q. What is the benefit of taking the 501 exam as soon it comes out?

A. Bragging rights.

You can tell your peers that you took the newest version of the exam even though there were only minimal materials available to study from. This indicates that you truly understand the materials at a deeper level than beginners.

Some people might be very impressed. Others might wonder how you’re doing on the CCIE Security certification.

Summary

There are two simple messages in this post.

  1. Yes, you can expect a new Security+ exam to come out sometime this year.
  2. You don’t need to wait for it.

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  • Introduction
  • About the exam (including information on the number of questions, test duration, passing score, types of questions and more. Also includes a listing of the exam objectives)
  • 75 question pre-assessment exam
  • Mastering Security Basics (full content from Chapter 1 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Understanding Identity and Access Management (full content from Chapter 2 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Exploring Network Technologies and Tools (full content from Chapter 3 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Securing Your Network (full content from Chapter 4 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Securing Hosts and Data (full content from Chapter 5 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Comparing Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Common Attacks (full content from Chapter 6 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Protecting Against Advanced Attacks (full content from Chapter 7 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Using Risk Management Tools (full content from Chapter 8 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Implementing Controls to Protect Assets (full content from Chapter 9 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Understanding Cryptography and PKI (full content from Chapter 10 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Implementing Policies to Mitigate Risks (full content from Chapter 11 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • 75 question post-assessment exam
  • Glossary

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