Security+ SY0-301 and SY0-401 Differences

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If you’re studying for the CompTIA Security+ exam, you might be interested in knowing about the SY0-401 differences. For background, CompTIA is rolling out the next version of the Security+ exam (SY0-401) in May 2014.

The current version (SY0-301) will remain available until December 31, 2014.

As with many other technical certifications, the CompTIA Security+ exam is regularly updated to keep up with current technologies. For comparison, the 301 version was first available in May 2011, and the 201 version retired on December 31, 2011.

Security+ SY0-301 and SY0-401 Differences

SY0-401 Differences in Domains

The new version includes the same six domains, but reflects changes in domain weighting. The following table shows the SY0-401 differences in domain weighting.

DomainSY0-301SY0-401Change
1.0 Network Security21%20% -1%
2.0 Compliance and Operational Security18%18%
3.0 Threats and Vulnerabilities21%20%-1%
4.0 Application, Data and Host Security16%15%-1%
5.0 Access Control and Identity Management13%15%+2%
6.0 Cryptography11%12%+1%

From the perspective of the domains, you can see that the changes are relatively minor. The biggest change is that Access Control and Identity Management bumped up 2%. Also, you can see that the Cryptography domain increased by 1%. The following links will take you to pages identifying the differences in each of these domains.

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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.

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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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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.

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A significant  difference in CompTIAs objective document is the new section on CompTIA Authorized Materials Use Policy.  It includes these statements:

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“Please review all CompTIA policies before beginning the study process for any CompTIA exam. Candidates will be required to abide by the CompTIA Candidate Agreement (http://certification.comptia.org/Training/testingcenters/policies/agreement.aspx) at the time of exam delivery.”

 

“If a candidate has a question as to whether study materials are considered unauthorized (aka brain dumps), he/she should perform a search using CertGuard’s engine, found here: http://www.certguard.com/search.asp

 

“Or verify against this list: http://certification.comptia.org/Training/testingcenters/policies/unauthorized.aspx

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