- Paperback: 573 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Study Guide 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: 699 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,377 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
- 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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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!
Now go pass your test! You will be more then well prepared.
As a reference point, I have a bachelors degree IT Networking which included a lot of security classes. I currently work for a large company in governance and compliance. With that background, I studied for 3 weeks before taking the test. The test will feel harder then you expected, it did for me, but I still passed just fine. I had 7 simulations questions, I know I got at least one wrong because I couldn't remember the port numbers. Other than that they are pretty easy. Take extra time to memorize port numbers and acronyms, I wish I had, but I got threw it just fine.
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.
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 :)
After writing this review I thought of one more thing that may be very helpful to everyone looking to take this exam. The author of this great book frequents a forum that was created for those taking certifications of all sorts, TechExams.net. This is another area where this author shines above the rest. He will answer specific questions about the book or about the test if you post it in the forum. This forum will also give you a good idea of what people think about this book as most of the people use this book. It's not his site. The forum is very beneficial for anyone who plans to take additional certification tests as well. It helped me a great deal. Check it out. It's worth it.