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CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide Paperback – October 25, 2014
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About the Author
An accomplished author and professional trainer, Darril Gibson has authored or coauthored more than 30 books. He holds many current IT certifications including: CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, CASP, (ISC)2 SSCP, CISSP, MCDST (XP), MCTS, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, and ITIL Foundations. He is the CEO of YCDA, LLC (short for You Can Do Anything) and actively teaches, writes, and consults on a wide variety of IT topics with a strong focus on IT security.
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Top customer reviews
About the only thing on my exam that was hardly covered was cryptography (which, while the CompTia folks say is only 12%, felt more like 2%) - and if you ask me is way more important to know about than whether somebody can remember all the buzzwords for types of risk. Darril however covers every topic in depth and quite well - just make sure you pay attention to EVERYTHING.
Good luck with your studies, sec+ friends.
The process I used for this guide was reading through it and highlighting all information that seemed especially important. Then completed the quizzes at the end of each chapter (never getting less than 80% on these). Then I went back through the books and pulled out all the notes I highlighted and other important components into a study guide to make it easier to study and then went through and memorized all this information. This whole process took me about 2.5 months while I was working (so mainly studying on weekends and a little during the week). When I finished, I took the practice test in the back of the book and got an 88% so I thought I was good to go. Then I took a practice test from a different source and got a 72%. Tried cramming some more and took another practice test a week later and got a 63%. The majority of the things I had gotten wrong were things I'd never heard of and don't think they were covered in this study guide. I'd bought the CompTIA Certmaster as well when I bought the test voucher so I went through that and pulled out all information that was new to me (that wasn't covered in this guide) and memorized that. Then reviewed the entire video course in CBT Nuggets and pulled out any new info to me. Then used the Pearson online practice test tool and retook practice tests multiple times and tracked the answers and studied them. By the end of this, I was getting close to burned out and reaching an 82% on practice tests so I figured I go for it. Despite the multiple sources I reviewed, I still came across some things on the test I hadn't heard about before so by the time I finished, I was convinced I'd failed. Until I saw that I'd passed with an 803. I'm not sure if the practice tests from Pearson (or whichever one CBT Nuggets uses) are harder than the actual tests, which I've heard before, or if I just got lucky.
Similarly, when I studied for the Network+ certification, at first I primarily used the CBT Nuggets video course and memorized everything I could from that but still failed the practice tests from Pearson or whatever, so then got a study guide book from another source and read through it, extracted the important info from that and memorized it and then started passing the practice tests and ended up getting somewhere in the 800-820 range.
I also highly recommend downloading the authors audio files. I would read a chapter, then listen to the chapter review, then take the chapter test and then listen to the practice test again during my ride to help.
I see a lot of the negative reviews focus on how straightforward the book questions are compared to the actual exam, but to that I say "what did you expect?" Comptia is looking for understanding of the material, not parrots that are able to just give up an answer based on key words. If you really dive into this book, you were learn how to make the interpretations the exam is looking for.
Long story short, this should not be your only study material, but it should be a major part of your studies.
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