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CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-301 Study Guide Stg Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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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: 7 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (692 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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 quizlet.com, search Security+. Good exams to test your knowledge and see how far along you are. All free!
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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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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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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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