CompTIA Security+

Security+ Certification CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT.



Why Security+?

  • Approved by U.S. Dept. of Defense to meet IA technical and management certification requirements
  • Chosen by professional staff at Hitachi Information Systems (Japan), Prestariang Systems Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia) and U.S. government contractors such as CSC, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman
  • Updated every 3 years and part of the CompTIA Continuing Education program

Relevant Job Titles

  • Security Engineer
  • Security Consultant
  • Network Administrator
  • IA Technician or Manager
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Certification Information

The Security+ exam covers the most important foundational principles for securing a network and managing risk.  Access control, identity management and cryptography are important topics on the exam, as well as selection of appropriate mitigation and deterrent techniques to address network attacks and vulnerabilities.  Security concerns associated with cloud computing, BYOD and SCADA are addressed in the SY0-401 exam.

While there is no required prerequisite, Network+ certification is recommended before taking the Security+ exam.

CompTIA is an ANSI accredited Certifier - 0731. The CompTIA Security+ce program is included in the scope of this accreditation. The CompTIA Security+ certification may be kept current through the CompTIA Continuing Education program.

Chosen by over 250,000 IT Professionals

Interested in pursuing a career in IT security? See how having the Security+ certification helped these individuals.

Test Details
Number of questions Maximum of 90 questions
Type of questions Multiple choice and performance-based
Length of test 90 minutes
Passing score 750
(on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended experience Minimum of two years of experience in IT administration with a focus on security
Languages English initially; other languages to follow
Exam codes SY0-401
JK0-022 (for CompTIA Academy Partners only)   
Retirement Date SY0-301 and JK0-018 retire December 31, 2014
  • Thanks to our CompTIA Security+ Certification Advisory Committee [+]
    • CompTIA Security+ Certification Advisory Committee
      Name Company
      Rosa Ayer Veterans Affairs
      Keith Boring U.S. Navy
      Frazier Evans Booz Allen
      Stan Godard Ricoh Americas Corp.
      Steve Helba Cengage Learning
      Tim Hoffman UCSF Medical Center
      Jeff Kellum Wiley
      James Seymour Microsoft
      Rob Winter UCSF Medical Center
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Having certifications under my belt made all the difference - I beat people with 10-15 years experience.
Adam Faulkner
IT Manager, SnapDrape

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