Tuesday, 13 July 2021 13:17

The Basic Run Down of CompTIA Security+


Some of you may be asking yourself, "What is CompTIA Security+?" and "Why is every cybersecurity opportunity asking for this certification?" In an article earlier this week, we outlined multiple certifications that are necessary for entry-level cybersecurity careers. CompTIA Security+ stood out as being a common denominator in the majority of the entry-level jobs. According to CompTIA, they describe it as:

CompTIA Security+: It is a worldwide certification that verifies the fundamental skills fundamental to executing core security functions and seeking an IT security career. 

Overall, it is crucial for most IT companies seeking employees to include this certification in their application to stand out from other applicants. The course outlines essential skills; it also implements these practices in its exam, opening opportunities for more than half a dozen job positions. Throughout this article, we will discuss the learning objectives outlined in the course, give a brief overview of the exam, and introduce the possible jobs that implement the knowledge from the certification. 


Learning Objectives:

The course is focused on five essential skills to fast-track your career in the cybersecurity field. CompTIA lays out these skills on their website and explains what they include, similar to the outline below.

  1. Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities
  2. Architecture and Design
  3. Implementation
  4. Operations and Incident Response
  5. Governance, Risk, and Compliance

Exam Breakdown:

According to CompTIA, this security certification should be one of the first to be obtained. The course forms the vital proficiency expected of any cybersecurity role, and it is a perfect avenue to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. In addition, it introduces hands-on exercises in troubleshooting and provides participants to have critical thinking skills to:

  • Assess the company's status of their security structure and advise and resolve appropriate responses to security discrepancies.
  • Monitor and Secure hybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, and IoT.
  • Operate with an understanding of relevant laws and policies, including the foundations of governance, risk, and compliance
  • Identify, Analyze, and Respond to security matters and episodes.

The exam will consist of a maximum of 90 questions, including multiple-choice and performance-based questions. The test length is 90 minutes, and you will need a 750 or higher on a scale of 100-900. They recommend that you have CompTIA Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus. Pearson Vue provides the exam via testing centers or online testing for $370.

Career Paths that utilize CompTIA Security+:

  • Security Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Helpdesk Manager / Analyst
  • Network / Cloud Engineer
  • Security Engineer / Analyst
  • DevOps / Software Developer
  • IT Auditors
  • IT Project Manager


CompTIA Security+ is the course to take if you are thinking about getting into the cybersecurity field. First, we went over what you learn in the class, how the exam plays out, and what job opportunities there are. Lastly, this is a basic overview of what the course entails, and it will guide you in your next steps into becoming a cybersecurity professional.




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