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CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601)

CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

Why is it different?

More choose Security+ - chosen by more corporations and defense organizations than any other certification on the market to validate baseline security skills and for fulfilling the DoD 8570 compliance.

Security+ proves hands-on skills - the only baseline cybersecurity certification emphasizing hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of today's complex issues.

More job roles turn to Security+ to supplement skills - baseline cybersecurity skills are applicable across more of today's job roles to secure systems, software and hardware.

Security+ is aligned to the latest trends and techniques - covering the most core technical skills in risk assessment and management, incident response, forensics, enterprise networks, hybrid/cloud operations, and security controls, ensuring high-performance on the job.

What Skills Will You Learn?

Attacks, Threats and Vulnerabilities

Focusing on more threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities on the Internet from newer custom devices that must be mitigated, such as IoT and embedded devices, newer DDoS attacks, and social engineering attacks based on current events.

Architecture and Design

Includes coverage of enterprise environments and reliance on the cloud, which is growing quickly as organizations transition to hybrid networks.

Implementation

Expanded to focus on administering identity, access management, PKI, basic cryptography, wireless, and end-to-end security.

Operations and Incident Response

Covering organizational security assessment and incident response procedures, such as basic threat detection, risk mitigation techniques, security controls, and basic digital forensics.

Governance, Risk and Compliance

Expanded to support organizational risk management and compliance to regulations, such as PCI-DSS, SOX, HIPAA, GDPR, FISMA, NIST, and CCPA.

Jobs that use CompTIA Security+

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

Exam: SY0-601

CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification a candidate should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on troubleshooting, ensuring candidates have practical security problem-solving skills required to:

  • Assess the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions
  • Monitor and secure hybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, and IoT
  • Operate with an awareness of applicable laws and policies, including principles of governance, risk, and compliance
  • Identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents

Security+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements. Regulators and government rely on ANSI accreditation, because it provides confidence and trust in the outputs of an accredited program. Over 2.3 million CompTIA ISO/ANSI-accredited exams have been delivered since January 1, 2011.

Course Content

1.0 Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities
Compare and contrast different types of social engineering techniques.
  • Phishing
  • Smishing
  • Vishing
  • Spam
  • Spam over instant messaging (SPIM)
  • Spear phishing
  • Dumpster diving
  • Shoulder surfing
  • Pharming
  • Tailgating
  • Eliciting information
  • Whaling
  • Prepending
  • Identity fraud
  • Invoice scams
  • Credential harvesting
  • Reconnaissance
  • Hoax
  • Impersonation
  • Watering hole attack
  • Typosquatting
  • Pretexting
  • Influence campaigns
  • Principles (reasons for effectiveness)
Given a scenario, analyze potential indicators to determine the type of attack.
  • Malware
  • Password attacks
  • Physical attacks
  • Adversarial artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Supply-chain attacks
  • Cloud-based vs. on-premises attacks
  • Cryptographic attacks
Given a scenario, analyze potential indicators associated with application attacks.
  • Privilege escalation
  • Cross-site scripting
  • Injections
  • Pointer/object dereference
  • Directory traversal
  • Buffer overflows
  • Race conditions
  • Error handling
  • Improper input handling
  • Replay attack
  • Integer overflow
  • Request forgeries
  • Application programming interface (API) attacks
  • Resource exhaustion
  • Memory leak
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) stripping
  • Driver manipulation
  • Pass the hash
Given a scenario, analyze potential indicators associated with network attacks.
  • Wireless
  • On-path attack
  • Layer 2 attacks
  • Domain name system (DNS)
  • Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS)
  • Malicious code or script execution
Explain different threat actors, vectors, and intelligence sources.
  • Actors and threats
  • Attributes of actors
  • Vectors
  • Threat intelligence sources
  • Research sources
Explain the security concerns associated with various types of vulnerabilities.
  • Cloud-based vs. on-premises vulnerabilities
  • Zero-day
  • Weak configurations
  • Third-party risks
  • Improper or weak patch management
  • Legacy platforms
  • Impacts
Summarize the techniques used in security assessments.
  • Threat hunting
  • Vulnerability scans
  • Syslog/Security information and event management (SIEM
  • Security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR)
Explain the techniques used in penetration testing.
  • Penetration testing
  • Passive and active reconnaissance
  • Exercise types
2.0 Architecture and Design
Explain the importance of security concepts in an enterprise environment.
  • Configuration management
  • Data sovereignty
  • Data protection
  • Geographical considerations
  • Response and recovery controls
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) inspection
  • Hashing
  • API considerations
  • Site resiliency
  • Deception and disruption
Summarize virtualization and cloud computing concepts.
  • Cloud models
  • Cloud service providers
  • Managed service provider (MSP)/ managed security service provider (MSSP)
  • On-premises vs. off-premises
  • Fog computing
  • Edge computing
  • Thin client
  • Containers
  • Microservices/API
  • Infrastructure as code
  • Serverless architecture
  • Services integration
  • Resource policies
  • Transit gateway
  • Virtualization
Summarize secure application development, deployment, and automation concepts.
  • Environment
  • Provisioning and deprovisioning
  • Integrity measurement
  • Secure coding techniques
  • Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
  • Software diversity
  • Automation/scripting
  • Elasticity
  • Scalability
  • Version control
Summarize authentication and authorization design concepts.
  • Authentication methods
  • Biometrics
  • Multifactor authentication (MFA) factors and attributes
  • Authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA)
  • Cloud vs. on-premises requirements
Given a scenario, implement cybersecurity resilience.
  • Redundancy
  • Replication
  • On-premises vs. cloud
  • Backup types
  • Non-persistence
  • High availability
  • Restoration order
  • Diversity
Explain the security implications of embedded and specialized systems.
  • Embedded systems
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)/industrial control system (ICS)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Specialized
  • Voice over IP (VoIP)
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Drones
  • Multifunction printer (MFP)
  • Real-time operating system (RTOS)
  • Surveillance systems
  • System on chip (SoC)
  • Communication considerations
  • Constraints
Explain the importance of physical security controls.
  • Bollards/barricades
  • Access control vestibules
  • Badges
  • Alarms
  • Signage
  • Cameras
  • Closed-circuit television (CCTV)
  • Industrial camouflage
  • Personnel
  • Locks
  • USB data blocker
  • Lighting
  • Fencing
  • Fire suppression
  • Sensors
  • Drones
  • Visitor logs
  • Faraday cages
  • Air gap
  • Screened subnet (previously known as demilitarized zone)
  • Protected cable distribution
  • Secure areas
  • Secure data destruction
Summarize the basics of cryptographic concepts.
  • Digital signatures
  • Key length
  • Key stretching
  • Salting
  • Hashing
  • Key exchange
  • Elliptic-curve cryptography
  • Perfect forward secrecy
  • Quantum
  • Post-quantum
  • Ephemeral
  • Modes of operation
  • Blockchain
  • Cipher suites
  • Symmetric vs. asymmetric
  • Lightweight cryptography
  • Steganography
  • Homomorphic encryption
  • Common use cases
  • Limitations
3.0 Implementation
Given a scenario, implement secure protocols.
  • Protocols
  • Use cases
Given a scenario, implement host or application security solutions.
  • Endpoint protection
  • Boot integrity
  • Database
  • Application security
  • Hardening
  • Self-encrypting drive (SED)/ full-disk encryption (FDE)
  • Hardware root of trust
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
  • Sandboxing
Given a scenario, implement secure network designs.
  • Load balancing
  • Network segmentation
  • Virtual private network (VPN)
  • DNS
  • Network access control (NAC)
  • Out-of-band management
  • Port security
  • Network appliances
  • Access control list (ACL)
  • Route security
  • Quality of service (QoS)
  • Implications of IPv6
  • Port spanning/port mirroring
  • Monitoring services
  • File integrity monitors
Given a scenario, install and configure wireless security settings.
  • Cryptographic protocols
  • Authentication protocols
  • Methods
  • Installation considerations
Given a scenario, implement secure mobile solutions
  • Connection methods and receivers
  • Mobile device management (MDM)
  • Mobile devices
  • Enforcement and monitoring
  • Deployment models
Given a scenario, apply cybersecurity solutions to the cloud.
  • Cloud security controls
  • Solutions
  • Cloud native controls vs. third-party solutions
Given a scenario, implement identity and account management controls.
  • Identity
  • Account types
  • Account policies
Given a scenario, implement authentication and authorization solutions.
  • Authentication management
  • Authentication/authorization
  • Access control schemes
Given a scenario, implement public key infrastructure.
  • Public key infrastructure (PKI)
  • Types of certificates
  • Certificate formats
  • Concepts
4.0 Operations and Incident Response
Given a scenario, use the appropriate tool to assess organizational security.
  • Network reconnaissance and discovery
  • File manipulation
  • Shell and script environments
  • Packet capture and replay
  • Forensics
  • Exploitation frameworks
  • Password crackers
  • Data sanitization
Summarize the importance of policies, processes, and procedures for incident response.
  • Incident response plans
  • Incident response process
  • Exercises
  • Attack frameworks
  • Stakeholder management
  • Communication plan
  • Disaster recovery plan
  • Business continuity plan
  • Continuity of operations planning (COOP)
  • Incident response team
  • Retention policies
Given an incident, utilize appropriate data sources to support an investigation.
  • Vulnerability scan output
  • SIEM dashboards
  • Log files
  • syslog/rsyslog/syslog-ng
  • journalctl
  • NXLog
  • Bandwidth monitors
  • Metadata
  • Netflow/sFlow
  • Protocol analyzer output
Given an incident, apply mitigation techniques or controls to secure an environment
  • Reconfigure endpoint security solutions
  • Configuration changes
  • Isolation
  • Containment
  • Segmentation
  • SOAR
Explain the key aspects of digital forensics.
  • Documentation/evidence
  • Acquisition
  • On-premises vs. cloud
  • Integrity
  • Preservation
  • E-discovery
  • Data recovery
  • Non-repudiation
  • Strategic intelligence/ counterintelligence
5.0 Governance, Risk, and Compliance
Compare and contrast various types of controls.
  • Category
  • Control type
Explain the importance of applicable regulations, standards, or frameworks that impact organizational security posture.
  • Regulations, standards, and legislation
  • Key frameworks
  • Benchmarks /secure configuration guides
Explain the importance of policies to organizational security.
  • Personnel
  • Diversity of training techniques
  • Third-party risk management
  • Data
  • Credential policies
  • Organizational policies
Summarize risk management processes and concepts.
  • Risk types
  • Risk management strategies
  • Risk analysis
  • Disasters
  • Business impact analysis
Explain privacy and sensitive data concepts in relation to security
  • Organizational consequences of privacy and data breaches
  • Notifications of breaches
  • Data types
  • Privacy enhancing technologies
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Information life cycle
  • Impact assessment
  • Terms of agreement
  • Privacy notice

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