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CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide 4th Edition
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The CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead SY0-501 Study Guide is an update to the top-selling SY0-201, SY0-301, and SY0-401 study guides, which have helped thousands of readers pass the exam the first time they took it.
It covers all of the SY0-501 objectives and includes the same elements readers raved about in the previous two versions. Each of the eleven chapters presents topics in an easy to understand manner and includes real-world examples of security principles in action. The author uses many of the same analogies and explanations he’s honed in the classroom that have helped hundreds of students master the Security+ content.
You’ll understand the important and relevant security topics for the Security+ exam, without being overloaded with unnecessary details. Additionally, each chapter includes a comprehensive review section to help you focus on what’s important.
Over 300 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations will help you test your comprehension and readiness for the exam. The book includes a 75 question pre-test, a 75 question post-test, and practice test questions at the end of every chapter. Each practice test question includes a detailed explanation to help you understand the content and the reasoning behind the question. You'll also have access to free online resources including labs and additional practice test questions. Using all of these resources, you’ll be ready to take and pass the exam the first time you take it.
If you plan to pursue any of the advanced security certifications, this guide will also help you lay a solid foundation of security knowledge. Learn this material, and you’ll be a step ahead for other exams. This SY0-501 study guide is for any IT or security professional interested in advancing in their field, and a must read for anyone striving to master the basics of IT systems security.
The author supplements the book with blog posts here: http://blogs.getcertifiedgetahead.com/.
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- Publisher : YCDA, LLC; 4th edition (October 12, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 608 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1939136059
- ISBN-13 : 978-1939136053
- Item Weight : 2.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 1.37 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One thing to watch out for is the practice questions. While the practice questions are good, they are almost too good. Darril's questions are clarified/elaborated well which makes selecting the appropriate answer simple assuming you studied for it. The CompTIA test questions in comparison can be extremely vague and not as well structured. I found the questions in the book put me in a false sense of security due to how well I was doing and when confronted with the actual CompTIA questions I was baffled at times. This isn't necessarily a fault , moreso something to be aware of that can easily be mitigated through use of additional test question/practice exam resources..
1 - To pass this exam you need to use multiple sources and materials. You should know this but in case you don't, now you do.
2 - Out of all the materials I used to study, Gibson's book was by far the best and I've lent my book out to others who have said the same. I've even been told that the people I lent my books to wouldn't have passed if it wasn't for adding this book to their study list.
3 - I was not in IT before this exam. I was working on my degree but had no experience. My friend who I lent this book to for her exam prep WAS an IT guru and she couldn't get over how much it helped her. This book is great for beginners AND IT experts alike.
If you plan to take this test, you need this book. GOOD LUCK
I read the book twice. On the 2nd pass I took the end of chapter quizzes. I also bought the end of chapter reviews/”remember this” audios. On the weekend before the exam I reviewed my highlights and notes for each chapter while I listened to the audios. This really helped cement things and get me ramped up for the brain dump of the test.
I had particular trouble piecing together chapter 3 networking concepts. That chapter kind of just cruises through that topic and you have to read it slowly and thoroughly along with chapter 4 on securing the network if you don’t have a networking background.
About the book: The book is good. Sometimes I had to mentally edit and summarize the author’s explanations for myself. He tends to launch into examples and there is sometimes a lot of wordiness and you get lost as to the tie in to the subject at hand … in my opinion. But, all good content if you read it like a novel the first time you go through it and just highlight the first time. The second time you should verify that your highlights make a summarized story for you to just read during your final (third) jam session.
I just took the test a couple of days ago and passed on the first try! GOD deserves all the credit and all the glory.
This test is hard now. There is no way to skim through the material and pass it. There is way too much content for you to remember. You have to just drill on it until it becomes somewhat natural information to you.
About the test:
1. There are performance based questions now. I had about 4-5 of those as the first questions on the exam. One showed you an office layout and had you drag/drop physical access controls to each laptop server in the different rooms (like cable locks, CCTV, biometric scanners, cipher locks, etc.). Another performance question showed you a log and asked you to identify the entry where the attack started. I didn’t even know what the log was but it looked like a log of hashes and so I identified where the hashes duplicated (some kind of replay/spoof attack) and got it correct. Find a different book for performance based questions. This one lacks the ferocity needed to answer those heavily weighted questions.
2. I had no questions on ports such that they asked me which service or protocol was running on which port. I came in prepared to answer just the most popular ports such as 20, 21,22,23,25, 88, 983, 443, 80. However, there were only 2 questions that included ports, services, protocols in the answers and you had to choose the correct bundle. I had heard they are moving away from port questions on the exam.
3. Other areas: VLANS, containerization, SCADA, attack types, wireless APs, mobile devices, vulnerability scanning, frameworks, etc. There were a lot of “Given the following scenario, which …”.
However although all of that was great, the best part of the book in my opinion was the short "need to remember" sections. On my kindle I highlighted all of these short paragraphs and after reading the book 1 time I dedicated myself to read a few times these need to remember sections, which I think was the key to pass this certification. Kudos to the author for such a good book.
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To add to the quality, the book was really well written too, had simple ways of explaining things but was also technical enough to give you a real good understanding of how it all worked along with some real world comparisons.
If you're looking for a study book to pass this exam then look no further.
Plus points: Darril's easy to understand style and coverage of the topics on the exam.
Downsides: lots of filler, some grammatical errors and disappointing binding. I'd recommend the All-in-One book with this for additional in-depth coverage of key topics.
(This covers the 501 version of Security+, get study material for the 601 version if taking the exam after July 2021).
After purchasing the ebook I immediately created a study plan and started to read the first chapter. It was evident from the start that Darril Gibson is very knowledgeable and knows how to explain complex concepts in a manner that is easy to comprehend (although I'd recommend videos as well to solidify your knowledge) and at a pace that is not overwhelming.
There is also a 10% voucher for the exam which is always a nice gesture.
After the intro but just before the contents there is a thorough mock exam to test your knowledge, this is a brilliant way to gauge your initial starting knowledge and to identify strong/weak areas.
The contents is structured in several paragraphs covering the main exam sections, each chapter has an exam at the end covering what was covered to test your knowledge and ensure you've retained what you've read. I suggest only doing these exams once or twice maximum and to not only get the correct answer, but to know why it's the correct answer and the rest are wrong.
Once you've covered all the chapters there is another large mock exam covering the material from all the chapters, I'd recommend doing the first exam and this one to see what areas you need to polish up on.
Unfortunately there is one key area that I felt the book didn't cover enough/at all and it was firewall logs and how to read/understand them - there were alot of these questions within the exam and I felt caught off guard. However, I believe this may be covered in some of the online material that Darril provides links to within the book so this may be more due to me not doing the labs.
I must also pre-warn you, the CompTIA Security+ exam has a way of making you doubt your own answers, I genuinely felt I'd done terrible all the way to the end and half the time it was more trying to understand what they were asking from me rather than trying to give the correct answer. The way the questions are written is entirely different to how they are written in Darril Gibson's book - but still, I was able to eliminate wrong answers to at least give myself a 50/50 chance to get the right answer.
This was easily one of the best purchases I've made and I am still going over the book and the labs now to better refine my knowledge.
Highly recommend this book, but I'd suggest another study source to provide a second way to understand the concepts covered.
I have enjoyed every chapter Darril R. Gibson has created. He has a knack for explaining things and if you are a fan of Simpson's then I strongly recommend it. Each chapter has a small quiz at the end which helps you understand your readiness for the exam.
There are two large exams one at the start of the book and one at the end, these will help you understand how much you know and how much you've learnt.
I strongly recommend the book and will buy other material from Darril R. Gibson again.
You should pass the exam once you read and understand the material in this book.
It is easy to read.
The author repeats himself quite often.
The book overexplains concepts and gives too many examples, which may confuse the reader.
If you are buying the book for the Security+ exam, it is a good start, but you should use other resources as well, as I found some questions on my exam were not discussed in the book. There are a number of online lectures and tests that could help you prepare for the exam.