CompTIA Security + Exam Study Guide

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This study guide covers the entire Security+ certification exam. It isn’t designed to be somebody’s only preparation material. Instead, it is designed to complement other study material, such as a book or hands-on lab practice. Additionally, you should have some real-world experience. Officially, the exam is aimed at people with at least two years of IT experience with a focus on security. That doesn’t have to be on an Information Security team specifically. But, you should have experience dealing with security. For example, maybe you work with Active Directory, firewalls, or manage end user devices. In such cases, you will routinely work on the security-related aspects of IT.

The Security+ exam has the following characteristics:

  • There are up to 90 questions.
  • Some questions are multiple choice and others are performance-based.
  • You have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
  • A passing score is 750 (out of 900).

The exam covers the following 6 domains:

  1. Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities (21%)
  2. Technologies and Tools (22%)
  3. Architecture and Design (15%)
  4. Identity and Access Management (16%)
  5. Risk Management (14%)
  6. Cryptography and PKI (12%)

This guide has a section for each domain, covering each of the topics listed in the exam objectives. There are two basic ways to use this guide:

  • Read it first, before you do any other studying, to determine which areas you are strong in and which areas need more attention, so you can study more effectively.
  • Study for the exam and then use this guide to assess your level of expertise. If you find yourself learning a lot from this guide, you’re probably not ready to take the exam.
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