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CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide Paperback – October 25, 2014
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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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My test started out with two "functional" questions - one of which I've forgotten, the other involved allocating different types of authentication devices among different roles (i.e., a training lab, a server room, a C-level suite, etc.). After that, the test was largely multiple-question - but don't kid yourself, the people who created the SYO-401 test *really* did a good job with phrasing the questions in such a way so that people who can merely *memorize* (without understanding the actual concepts underlying the questions) are VERY likely to be roadkill. I suspect that the 2015 test update was specifically aimed at those who merely memorize data that appears to be relevant. My test was just over a week ago, & if memory serves, there were three questions that (as far as I could tell) had *NOTHING AT ALL* to do with the content in Mr. Gibson's book.
That's not to say that this wasn't a good/worthwhile reference for the exam - to the contrary, there were more than a couple of questions where I was able to quickly extrapolate the relevant concepts from those listed, even though they weren't specifically listed in the text. And honestly, I learned quite a bit about things like business processes, etc. that (even though they might not have been covered on the exam) have really made me a better, more well-rounded sysadmin. And *THAT* is where I feel the most value is found - regardless of whether or not you pass the exam the first time, does the process of studying this material make you understand & appreciate where (& WHY) the "business guys" force some of their processes into your workflow??
This is, without question, a solid & very worthwhile resource, I feel that it's worthy of being your primary resource - but it absolutely shouldn't be your ONLY resource. Recommended.
I originally certified Sec+ in 2011. I let my cert expire since I didn't know about the CE program. Had to recert in Jan of 2015, the test seems to be moving up-market, both in price and scope. It's becoming a "CCISP-lite" sort of arrangement.
Studied for a week, didn't have much trouble with the test. 7/70 questions were sims- watch out for those.
Passed with an 850 after a week of concerted effort. It helped that I work in the field and have been a Sr NetAdmin for 4 years for a security-conscious org. I'd recommend this book to anyone.
Know your ports, encryption, authentication, 801 stuff. attack types. PKI
AES: Symmetric encryption: 128bit block cipher: 128, 192 or 256 bit key
DES: Symmetric encryption: 64bit block cipher: 56 bit key
3DES : Symmetric encryption: 64bit block cipher: 56, 112, or 168 bit key
Blowfish: Symmetric encryption: 64bit block cipher: 32 - to 448 bit key
Two Fish : Symmetric encryption: 128bit block cipher: 128 - 192 - or 256 bit key
RC4: Symmetric encryption: stream cipher: 40 to 2048 bit key
Best advise if your new to the arena of IT, don't study to pass the test, study to know the material...Make it your religion. Also the professor messer notes are great refresher too.
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