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CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501)


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Available: April 1, 2019

Security+ OVERVIEW

Unlike other certifications, CompTIA certifications are vendor neutral. Security+ will prepare you for an entry-level cybersecurity position in any company, to include government work. It is the most popular certification to qualify for the DoD 8750 Information Assurance Baseline for IA Technician level 2 or IA Manager level 1. Furthermore, under CompTIA’s new Stackable Certification program, those who hold A+, Network+, and Security+ are considered to be CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialists. When Security+ is added to CySA+, it becomes CompTIA Security Analytics Professional.

See https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/which-certification/stackable-certifications for details.

The CompTIA Security+ course will prepare you for the SY0-501 certification exam. It will teach you the different types of threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities, as well as the tools to combat those threats. You will learn about risk management, cryptography, and PKI, and what they mean to your organization’s security posture. With this certification, you can take the next step in your cybersecurity career.

Here are the major topics we cover get you on the path to become Security+ certified:

  1. Why Security? The Threat
  2. Tools of the Trade
  3. Security Architecture
  4. Identity and Access Management
  5. Risks and Risk Management
  6. Cryptography


Stephen Padilla spent the first 25 years of his adult life in the US Air Force as a 9S100 Scientific Applications Specialist, the career field nicknamed “The Enlisted Scientists” by the Air Force ISR Agency. Performing such missions as worldwide Nuclear Treaty Monitoring and Measurement & Signature Intelligence provided him a breadth of experience, especially when working R&D missions. One key component of his former military career is that the 9S100s provided for all their own IT needs, acting as network engineers, comm technicians, electronics/electrical technicians, system administrators, break-fix technicians, and help desk.

Since leaving the Air Force, he has spent most of his time in education as a teacher and a substitute teacher, previously specializing in Physics and the other sciences, and has also worked as a contractor and as a freelance IT consultant for the State of Texas and in various retail operations. To keep his skills sharp, he still does freelance work through Field Nation while teaching by contract and at local community colleges.

He has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Scientific Analysis Technology, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in the same. In addition to academic degrees, he holds A+, Network+, Security+, and CySA+ certifications from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), and Cisco’s high-demand CCENT certification. He is currently studying to move up to CCNA, as well as to add CompTIA CASP, CTT+, and Linux+.

Mr. Padilla doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, but he does know how to find out who to ask to get them!

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