The Security+ Certification
One of the fastest growing IT fields is security. The Security+ certification is an entry level IT security certification. Being Security+ certified demonstrates your competency in network security, government compliance, operational security, current security threats, current security vulnerabilities, application security, data security, host security, access control, identity management, and cryptography.
The Security+ exam costs $266.00. It is 100 questions in length. You will be given 90 minutes to complete the exam. In order to pass you must get a score of at least 750 on a scale of 100-900. Most of the questions are multiple choice so by the process of elimination you can figure out the correct answers. This exam is not that difficult when compared to other IT certification exams.
This certification is not only great for security personnel, but it is great for staff who has access to the company network. It is important for employees to be aware of security threats when doing everyday tasks like surfing the internet, checking emails, sending emails, downloading attachments, installing software, managing passwords, and avoiding scams and phishing attempts.
This certification ensures that candidates will apply knowledge of security concepts, tools, and procedures to react to security incidents. This certification will also ensure that security personnel are anticipating security risks and guarding against them.
After becoming Security+ certified you can apply to become a security architect, security engineer, security consultant, security specialist, information assurance technician, security administrator, systems administrator, and network administrator. Since this is still considered an entry level certification it is still highly recommended that you have a couple years of experience before applying for mid-level positions. Without any experience, this certification can help you get your first help desk position or entry level technician position. The more recommended path would be to get your A+ certification and work for about a year or two in an entry level position. Then get certified in Security+ and apply for a higher up position. This certification at that point is just another bullet on a list of accomplishments that you would have achieved up until then.
Organizations that employ CompTIA Security+ certified staff include Hitachi Information Systems (Japan), Trendmicro (Philippines), Lockheed Martin, the U.S. State Department, Prestariang Systems Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia) and U.S. government contractors such as EDS, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman. CompTIA Security+ is one of the options for certifications required by the U.S. Department of Defense, for military personnel or military contractors engaged in information assurance activities.
The CompTIA Security+ certification may be kept current through the CompTIA Continuing Education program.