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Pearson CompTIA: Security + SY0-401

Pearson CompTIA: Security + SY0-401
ISBN : 978-1-61691-465-3
Gain hands-on expertise in CompTIA Security+ certification exam by Pearson CompTIA: Security + SY0-401 course. This course covers all the objectives of SY0-401 exam which includes the foundational principles for securing a network and managing risk, access control, identity management, and cryptography. CompTIA Security+ is an entry-level, international, vendor-neutral credential designed for IT security professionals to identify risk, participate in risk mitigation activities, provide infrastructure, information, operational, and application security.


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Exam Information

CompTIA Security+ is a standalone certification from CompTIA with the exam code SY0-401. This certification covers the most important principles for securing a network and managing risk. The CompTIA Network+ certification is recommended before taking the Security+ exam.

Prepare for the following certification

Career Prospects
  • Security Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • IA Technician or Manager
  • Security Consultant/Specialist
Exam FAQs
What are the prerequisites for this exam?
While there are no official prerequisites for the SY0-401 exam, both CompTIA and uCertify strongly recommend candidates to have minimum of two years of experience in IT administration with a focus on security.
What is the exam registration fee?
USD 320

Pricing and taxes may vary from country to country.

Where do I take the exam?
The SY0-401 exam is administered by Pearson VUE at testing centers worldwide. Click here to find a testing center near you.
What is the format of the exam?
  • Multiple choice
  • Performance-based
How many questions are asked in the exam?
The exam contains 90 questions.
What is the duration of the exam?
90 minutes
What is the passing score?

(on a scale of 100-900)

What is the exam's retake policy?

SY0-401 examination, CompTIA's retake policy is:

  • CompTIA does not require a waiting period between the first and second attempt to pass such examination. However, if you need a third or subsequent attempt to pass the examination, you shall be required to wait for a period of at least fourteen calendar days from the date of your last attempt before you can retake the exam.
  • If a candidate has passed an exam, he/she cannot take it again without prior consent from CompTIA.
  • A test result found to be in violation of the retake policy will not be processed, which will result in no credit awarded for the test taken. Repeat violators will be banned from participation in the CompTIA Certification Program.
  • Candidates must pay the exam price each time they attempt the exam. CompTIA does not offer free re-tests or discounts on retakes.
What is the validity of the certification?
CompTIA Security+ certification are valid for three years from the date the candidate is certified, after which the certification holder will need to renew their certification via CompTIA's Continuing Education Program.
Where can I find more information about this exam?
To know more about the pearson-SY0-401, click here.

Table of Content

Here's What you will Learn

Lesson 1: CompTIA® Security+ SY0-401 Authorized Cert Guide, Academic Edition

Lesson 2: Introduction to Security

  • Security 101
  • Think Like a Hacker
  • Chapter Review Activities

Lesson 3: Computer Systems Security

  • Computer Systems Security Threats
  • Implementing Security Applications
  • Securing Computer Hardware, Peripherals, and Mobile Devices
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 2

Lesson 4: OS Hardening and Virtualization

  • Hardening Operating Systems
  • Virtualization Technology
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 3

Lesson 5: Application Security

  • Securing the Browser
  • Securing Other Applications
  • Secure Programming
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 4

Lesson 6: Network Design Elements

  • Network Design
  • Cloud Security and Server Defense
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 5

Lesson 7: Networking Protocols and Threats

  • Ports and Protocols
  • Malicious Attacks
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 6

Lesson 8: Network Perimeter Security

  • Firewalls and Network Security
  • NIDS Versus NIPS
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 7

Lesson 9: Securing Network Media and Devices

  • Securing Wired Networks and Devices
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 8

Lesson 10: Physical Security and Authentication Models

  • Physical Security
  • Authentication Models and Components
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 9

Lesson 11: Access Control Methods and Models

  • Access Control Models Defined
  • Rights, Permissions, and Policies
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 10

Lesson 12: Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

  • Conducting Risk Assessments
  • Assessing Vulnerability with Security Tools
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 11

Lesson 13: Monitoring and Auditing

  • Monitoring Methodologies
  • Using Tools to Monitor Systems and Networks
  • Conducting Audits
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 12

Lesson 14: Encryption and Hashing Concepts

  • Cryptography Concepts
  • Encryption Algorithms
  • Hashing Basics
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 13

Lesson 15: PKI and Encryption Protocols

  • Public Key Infrastructure
  • Web of Trust
  • Security Protocols
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 14

Lesson 16: Redundancy and Disaster Recovery

  • Redundancy Planning
  • Disaster Recovery Planning and Procedures
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Study for Chapter 15

Lesson 17: Policies, Procedures, and People

  • Environmental Controls
  • Social Engineering
  • Legislative and Organizational Policies
  • Chapter Review Activities
  • Case Studies for Chapter 16

Lesson 18: Taking the Real Exam

  • Getting Ready and the Exam Preparation Checklist
  • Tips for Taking the Real Exam
  • Beyond the CompTIA Security+ Certification
  • Case Study for Chapter 17

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