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Security Certifications: Qualifying Yourself for System Defense

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The Security+ Exam

This exam is relatively new to the security certification scene, but it is seen as a possible leader in baseline security exams. This exam is intended to test you on fundamental security concepts and abilities. By passing this exam you can prove you have a solid fundamental foundation in general security concepts, communications security, infrastructure security, basics of cryptography, and operational/organizational security. CompTIA, who also offers other popular certifications like the A+ and Network+ Exams, offers this exam.

The recommended audience for this exam is an IT professional who has approximately two years of networking experience, a thorough knowledge of TCP/IP, and the knowledge and skill level required of those who pass the CompTIA A+ and Network+ exams. Essentially, this translates to an individual who has a solid understanding of computing systems and network/system administration. Since securing a network and monitoring the security infrastructure is regarded as mission-critical in nature, it is best to have a solid familiarity with systems and network infrastructures to avoid "rookie" errors. Someone who is unfamiliar with day-to-day fundamental tasks and duties is more likely to overlook important security details than one who has experience in such an environment. Also, someone who has solid system and network administration fundamentals will understand the types of topics covered in the Security+ exam better.

The following are some important Security+ Exam facts for those who may be interested in pursuing this exam:

  • The exam has 100 questions that must be completed in 90 minutes.
  • To pass you must achieve a score of 764 on a scale of 100-900 and your exam results will appear as soon as the exam is completed.
  • The exam costs $225, but different pricing options are available for corporate purchases of exams at various quantities.
  • Both Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers offer this exam.

If you are looking to achieve a fundamental level security certification, the Security+ exam is a good choice for you. To see the full list of exam objectives and further information on the Security+ exam, check out the exam on www.comptia.org.

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This article was originally published on May 9, 2003

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