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CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-301 Study Guide Paperback – November 10, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1463762360 ISBN-10: 1463762364 Edition: Stg

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 573 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Stg edition (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463762364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463762360
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

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.

From the Back Cover

If you're studying for the CompTIA Security+ exam and want to pass it on your first attempt, CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-301 Study Guide is for you. It covers 100 percent of the exam objectives and includes over 450 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations. Security+ is a popular certification within the IT field and it has helped many individuals get ahead in their jobs and careers. Inside this text, Darril Gibson covers:

  • IT Security Basics
  • Control Types and Methods
  • Basic and Advanced Network Security
  • Securing Hosts, Applications, and Data
  • Malware and Social Engineering
  • Advanced Attacks
  • Managing Risk
  • Cryptography
  • Business Continuity
  • Security Policies and Operational Security

If you plan to pursue an advanced security certification, this comprehensive guide will also help you lay a solid foundation of security knowledge. You'll be a step ahead in your pursuit of these advanced certifications.

The CEO of Security Consulting and Training, LLC, Darril Gibson has written, coauthored, and contributed to more than a dozen books, and regularly consults and teaches on a wide variety of IT topics. He has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) since 1999 and holds a multitude of certifications including Security+, CISSP, SSCP, MCSE (NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows 2003), MCITP (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server), and ITIL Foundations. An adjunct professor at ECPI University, Gibson has taught Security+ classes there and elsewhere to hundreds of students, helping them get certified.

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

Customer Reviews

The book is written very well and is easy to read.
David R J
I passed with a score of 871 using only Darril's SY0-301 study guide and his SY0-301 Practice Test Questions Kindle book.
J. Gilliland
The book is easy to read, just like watching the videos.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

109 of 112 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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23 of 23 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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33 of 36 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By limaalphawhiskey on March 15, 2012
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I purchased Darril Gibson's previous Security+ book for the SY0-201 exam, but I never got around to taking the test. Well after months of procrastination on my part, I finally paid for the exam. One small problem: there was a newer version of the test: SY0-301. I ordered his latest book and it worked wonders. If you aren't familiar with Darril Gibson's books, they're easy to read, the content headers and "remember this sections" highlight key exam topics that one should pay attention to. There are review questions after each of the 11 chapters and a pre and post assessment, not to mention detailed explanations for why each answer is the correct answer. The book recommends that a potential SY0-301 test taker have at least 2 years of networking experience, but I don't have that. Actually outside of my own wireless network, I have no networking experience, and I passed the test: 821/900. My score won't turn any heads, but there was NOTHING on the test that was not covered in Darril's book. The material in the book is organized in a way that allows a person to build on each chapter. Darril's professional experience and personality come out during his anecdotes, which provide a break from the text while presenting real security incidents, ways to prevent the incidents,and links to websites that provide best practices and security tools. This book is also devoid of many of the spelling errors and incorrect answers that I found in the SY0-201 version. I recommend this book to anyone looking to cutout the esoteric gibberish and get straight to the study materials that will be on the test. Great book. Checkout Darril's website: [...]

Disclaimer: I am a college student majoring in Information Technology Security Systems. I was not paid by Comptia or Darril to endorse this product.
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