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CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-201 Study Guide Paperback – September 9, 2009

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After teaching Security+ classes to hundreds of students, I wanted to write a book that shares the same knowledge to anyone that I'm able to share in the classroom and help them take and pass the exam the first time they take it. Based on the feedback I'm getting, the book does just that. Whether you attend a class or self-study to learn this material, I wish you the best of luck in your studies.

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In CompTIA Security+ SY0-201: Get Certified, Get Ahead author and IT security expert Darril Gibson presents the essential knowledge required to pass this demanding and competitive security exam. In a technological world besieged with ever increasing security threats, IT professionals savvy enough to master systems security will be in high demand and play a vital role in the future of technology. Inside this text author Darril Gibson covers:

  • Access Control Models and Authentication
  • Basic and Advanced Network Security Essentials
  • Predicting and Mitigating Threats
  • Basics of Cryptography
  • One hundred percent coverage of all CompTIA Security+ SY0-201 exam objectives
  • Real-world examples of security principles in action
  • Over 375 practice test questions with in-depth explanations

If you're interested in advancing your IT career, then this book is essential reading. CompTIA Security+ SY0-201: Get Certified, Get Ahead is written to help you quickly master the objectives and successfully pass the exam becoming Security+ certified.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 602 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; Stg edition (September 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439236364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439236369
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (679 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After a 22 year Navy career working with computers and electronics, Darril Gibson set a goal for himself. He decided he wanted to become a full time author and write books that help others. Since then, he has authored, coauthored, or contributed to more than 30 books. One of his true joys in life is receiving emails from readers letting him know about their successes after using one of his books.

Over the years, Darril has earned multiple certifications including: CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, CASP, and CTT+; (ISC)2 SSCP and CISSP; Microsoft MCT (since 1999), MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, MCTS, MCDST, MCAD, MCSD, and MCDST.

Darril has written books on CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ core certifications, ISC(2) SSCP and CISSP security certifications, and multiple Microsoft certifications. He has also written a book for people just starting their careers titled "You Can Do Anything - Three Simple Steps to Success for Graduates."

He regularly blogs at

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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Jarrett Marquis on December 6, 2011
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I just passed the new Security+ test with a score of 871. My entire preparation consisted of reading "Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead" and doing the included review questions. I saw absolutely nothing on the test that wasn't thoroughly covered in the book. It is straightforward, easy to read, and does an excellent job of explaining some complex topics. I see no reason to invest in any other prep materials. The plan is pretty simple, buy this book, read it, do the practice questions, pass the test.

Update as of 2/17/2012: I just finished instructing a 5 day Security+ Boot Camp using this book as the only text for the class. We spent 4 days covering the material, reviewed for 2 hours Friday morning then the students took the test. All 13 passed and are now Security+ certified. Note that although some in the class had some cyber security experience most were new to the field and none were familiar with all of the topics.
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Alton on December 12, 2009
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perfect! i love this book. i had the original microsoft security+ book for class, and this book covered WAY more than what that book did, and alot less pages. i'm going to take my security+ certification exam on the 18th of December. i'm feeling very confident, as this book says it covers 100% of the exam. i'm just hoping there's no scenarios on the test =p, just questions about what i learned in the book, lol.

EDIT: Passed my exam with a 865/900 with this book! About 2-3 tricky questions throughout the entire test but it was ALL familiar. There was absolutely NOTHING unfamiliar on this test that the book didn't cover! Thank you :)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By applegeek on August 16, 2013
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You don't need to pay thousands for in class test prep to pass the Security+ exam. Follow these three steps and you can pass your test and pay only $55ish in test prep.

If you are in an IT field, or you went to school for IT, you've already got a great head start. The Security+ exam assumes you've taken the Network+ exam. You don't need to take the Network+ exam to be prepared for Security+, just as long as you have a background in IT which includes how servers, firewalls, routers and switches work. CompTIA isn't know for advanced certifications, but there tests do show that you have a very good understanding of the subject and that it will be easy for you to learn as your career moves forward.

How to pass the Security+ exam in 3 easy steps, should only take you a month.

1. Go to YouTube. Search for "Professor Messer", head to his YouTube page and watch all 185 videos for the Security+ exam. each video is only 5 to 8 min long and gives you a very good head start to the exam. He is easy to listen to, and covers everything.

2. Read this book. Take the practice exams. The pre test in the beginning of the book will show you what you know from the videos. I got a 75% when I took it. Read each chapter, and take the chapter tests. The book is easy to read, just like watching the videos. It covers a lot of the same stuff but goes into more detail. You already have an idea of everything, this just takes it one step further. It will also help you study to remember all the important port numbers along with all the acronyms you'll need to know. This test is FULL of acronyms.

3. Take practice tests.
(Update 4/14/14) Check out, search Security+. Good exams to test your knowledge and see how far along you are. All free!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 20, 2010
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The best thing I like about this book is that it talks to you instead of technically instructing you and it makes for a comfortable read while riding the bus or in bed. Another good feature is the text size is exceptionally larger than Sybex books, which again makes it easier to read. You will pass with book read it cover to cover and once over any areas you dont understand and take all the practice questions(seriously like the real exam).
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By F. Richard Robb on October 20, 2009
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This book is excellent for both real world techniques for employing best practices for security as well as for passing the CompTia SYO-201 Security + Exam. It gets to the main points very quickly and actually is a very easy read...despite the fairly complex subject matter. The author doesn't preach to the choir, nor does he talk down to his audience...but it's almost as if he is engaging the reader in a discussion about various security related topics. The book is very well laid out and has lots of important points pulled out and highlighted in 'Remember' bubbles. Add to the excellent content a liberal sprinkling of Practice Exam questions thoughout the book and you have the perfect blend of study guide and reference book!

This is THE BOOK for nailing the Security + exam!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By C. Shen on January 6, 2012
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First a bit of background, I'm not an IT professional but a software engineer responsible for cyber security. In the last 4 years out of my 11 years of product development work experience, I have been involved in software security and cyber security in critical infrastructure sector. I took my mentor's recommendation on starting with a foundational security certification - Security+ and started self studying back in November 2011. Between work and two kids (age 2 yrs and 6 months), I would say that Gibson's material is solid. I took my exam today 1/6/12 and passed with a score of 871 out of 900 (yay!). Don't let CompTIA's sample web based practice questions scare you, the 301 exam is almost exactly as Gibson described minus a few poorly written questions. My recommendation, get Gibson's study guide and test books and keep telling yourself, you can do it!
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