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.
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.
|1.0 Network Security||21%||20%||-1%|
|2.0 Compliance and Operational Security||18%||18%||—|
|3.0 Threats and Vulnerabilities||21%||20%||-1%|
|4.0 Application, Data and Host Security||16%||15%||-1%|
|5.0 Access Control and Identity Management||13%||15%||+2%|
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.
- SY0-401 Differences in Domains
- SY0-401 Differences in Network Security
- SY0-401 Differences in Compliance and Operational Security
- SY0-401 Differences in Threats and Vulnerabilities
- SY0-401 Differences in Application, Data and Host Security
- SY0-401 Differences in Access Control and Identity Management
- SY0-401 Differences in Cryptography
- SY0-401 Differences in Acronyms
A significant difference in CompTIAs objective document is the new section on CompTIA Authorized Materials Use Policy. It includes these statements:
“CompTIA Certifications, LLC is not affiliated with and does not authorize, endorse or condone utilizing any content provided by unauthorized third-party training sites, aka ‘brain dumps’. Individuals who utilize such materials in preparation for any CompTIA examination will have their certifications revoked and be suspended from future testing in accordance with the CompTIA Candidate Agreement. In an effort to more clearly communicate CompTIA’s exam policies on use of unauthorized study materials, CompTIA directs all certification candidates to the CompTIA Certification Exam Policies webpage: http://certification.comptia.org/Training/testingcenters/policies.aspx“
“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.”
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“Or verify against this list: http://certification.comptia.org/Training/testingcenters/policies/unauthorized.aspx“