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CompTIA A+/Network+/Security+

Course Length: 15 days
Certifications: A+

DoD Approved 8570: IAT Level I
DoD Approved 8570: IAT Level II, IAM Level I
Number of Exams: 4

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The CompTIA® A+® Core 1 and Core 2 (Exams 220-1101 and 220-1102) course provides the background knowledge and skills you will require to be a successful A+ technician. It will help you prepare to take the CompTIA A+ Core Series certification examinations, in order to become a CompTIA A+ Certified Professional.

The CompTIA Network+ (Exam N10-008) certification ensures that the successful candidate has the important knowledge and skills necessary to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure, describe networking technologies, basic design principles, and adhere to wiring standards and use testing tools.

CompTIA Security+ (Exam SY0-701) is the primary course you will need to take if your job responsibilities include securing network services, network devices, and network traffic. It is also the main course you will take to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ examination. In this course, you'll build on your knowledge and professional experience with computer hardware, operating systems, and networks as you acquire the specific skills required to implement basic security services on any type of computer network.

A+ Certification

CompTIA A+ certified professionals are proven problem solvers. They support today's core technologies from security to networking to virtualization and more. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers into today's digital world.

CompTIA A+ is the only industry recognized credential with performance testing to prove pros can think on their feet to perform critical IT support tasks. It is trusted by employers around the world to identify the go-to person in end point management & technical support roles. CompTIA A+ appears in more tech support job listings than any other IT credential.

The CompTIA A+ Core Series requires candidates to pass two exams: Core 1 (220-1101) and Core 2 (220-1102) covering the following new content, emphasizing the technologies and skills IT pros need to support a hybrid workforce.

  • Increased reliance on SaaS applications for remote work
  • More on troubleshooting and how to remotely diagnose and correct common software, hardware, or connectivity problems
  • Changing core technologies from cloud virtualization and IoT device security to data management and scripting
  • Multiple operating systems now encountered by technicians on a regular basis, including the major systems, their use cases, and how to keep them running properly
  • Reflects the changing nature of the job role, where many tasks are sent to specialized providers as certified personnel need to assess whether it's best to fix something on site, or to save time and money by sending proprietary technologies directly to vendors

Jobs that use A+

  • Help Desk Tech
  • Desktop Support Specialist
  • Field Service Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Associate Network Engineer
  • System Support Technician
  • Junior Systems Administrator

Target Student:

This course is designed for individuals who have basic computer user skills and who are interested in obtaining a job as an entry-level IT technician. This course is also designed for students who are seeking the CompTIA A+ certification and who want to prepare for the CompTIA A+ 220-1101 (Core 1) Certification Exam and the CompTIA A+ 220-1102 (Core 2) Certification Exam.


To ensure your success in this course, you should have experience with basic computer user skills, be able to complete tasks in a Microsoft® Windows® environment, be able to search for, browse, and access information on the Internet, and have basic knowledge of computing concepts.

Course Content

CompTIA A+ 220-1101 (Core 1)

1.0 Mobile Devices
Given a scenario, install and configure laptop hardware and components.
  • Hardware/device replacement
  • Physical privacy and security components
Compare and contrast the display components of mobile devices.
  • Liquid crystal display (LCD)
  • Organic light-emitting diode (OLED)
  • Mobile display components
  • WiFi antenna connector/ placement
  • Camera/webcam
  • Microphone
  • Touch screen/digitizer
  • Inverter
Given a scenario, set up and configure accessories and ports of mobile devices.
  • Connection methods
  • Accessories
  • Docking station
  • Port replicator
  • Trackpad/drawing pad
Given a scenario, configure basic mobile-device network connectivity and application support.
  • Wireless/cellular data network (enable/disable)
  • Bluetooth
  • Location services
  • Mobile device management (MDM)/mobile application management (MAM)
  • Mobile device synchronization
2.0 Networking
Compare and contrast Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports, protocols, and their purposes.
  • Ports and protocols
  • TCP vs. UDP
Compare and contrast common networking hardware.
  • Routers
  • Switches
  • Access points
  • Patch panel
  • Firewall
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Hub
  • Cable modem
  • Digital subscriber line (DSL)
  • Optical network terminal (ONT)
  • Network interface card (NIC)
  • Software-defined networking (SDN)
Compare and contrast protocols for wireless networking.
  • Frequencies
  • Channels
  • Bluetooth
  • 802.11
  • Long-range fixed wireless
  • NFC
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
Summarize services provided by networked hosts.
  • Server roles
  • Internet appliances
  • Legacy/embedded systems
  • Internet of Things (IoT) devices
Given a scenario, install and configure basic wired/wireless small office/home office (SOHO) networks.
  • IPv4
  • IPv6
  • Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA)
  • Static
  • Dynamic
  • Gateway
Compare and contrast common network configuration concepts.
  • DNS
  • DHCP
  • Virtual LAN (VLAN)
  • Virtual private network (VPN)
Compare and contrast Internet connection types, network types, and their features.
  • Internet connection types
  • Network types
Given a scenario, use networking tools.
  • Crimper
  • Cable stripper
  • WiFi analyzer
  • Toner probe
  • Punchdown tool
  • Cable tester
  • Loopback plug
  • Network tap
3.0 Hardware
Explain basic cable types and their connectors, features, and purposes.
  • Network cables
  • Peripheral cables
  • Video cables
  • Hard drive cables
  • Adapters
  • Connector types
Given a scenario, install the appropriate RAM.
  • RAM types
  • Single-channel
  • Dual-channel
  • Triple-channel
  • Quad-channel
Given a scenario, select and install storage devices.
  • Hard drives
  • SSDs
  • Drive configurations
  • Removable storage
Given a scenario, install and configure motherboards, central processing units (CPUs), and add-on cards.
  • Motherboard form factor
  • Motherboard connector types
  • Motherboard compatibility
  • Basic Input/Output System (BIOS)/Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) settings
  • Encryption
  • CPU architecture
  • Expansion cards
  • Cooling
Given a scenario, install or replace the appropriate power supply.
  • Input 110-120 VAC vs. 220-240 VAC
  • Output 3.3V vs. 5V vs. 12V
  • 20-pin to 24-pin motherboard adapter
  • Redundant power supply
  • Modular power supply
  • Wattage rating
Given a scenario, deploy and configure multifunction devices/ printers and settings.
  • Properly unboxing a device - setup location considerations
  • Use appropriate drivers for a given OS
  • Device connectivity
  • Public/shared devices
  • Configuration settings
  • Security
  • Network scan services
  • Automatic document feeder (ADF)/flatbed scanner
Given a scenario, install and replace printer consumables.
  • Laser
  • Inkjet
  • Thermal
  • Impact
  • 3-D printer
4.0 Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Summarize cloud-computing concepts.
  • Common cloud models
  • Cloud characteristics
  • Desktop virtualization
Summarize aspects of client-side virtualization.
  • Purpose of virtual machines
  • Resource requirements
  • Security requirements
5.0 Hardware and Network Troubleshooting
Given a scenario, apply the best practice methodology to resolve problems.
  • Identify the problem
  • Establish a theory of probable cause (question the obvious)
  • Test the theory to determine the cause
  • Establish a plan of action to resolve the problem and implement the solution
  • Verify full system functionality and, if applicable, implement preventive measures
  • Document the findings, actions, and outcomes
Given a scenario, troubleshoot problems related to motherboards, RAM, CPU, and power.
  • Power-on self-test (POST) beeps
  • Proprietary crash screens (blue screen of death [BSOD]/ pinwheel)
  • Black screen
  • No power
  • Sluggish performance
  • Overheating
  • Burning smell
  • Intermittent shutdown
  • Application crashes
  • Grinding noise
  • Capacitor swelling
  • Inaccurate system date/time
Given a scenario, troubleshoot and diagnose problems with storage drives and RAID arrays.
  • Light-emitting diode (LED) status indicators
  • Grinding noises
  • Clicking sounds
  • Bootable device not found
  • Data loss/corruption
  • RAID failure
  • Self-monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) failure
  • Extended read/write times
  • Input/output operations per second (IOPS)
  • Missing drives in OS
Given a scenario, troubleshoot video, projector, and display issues.
  • Incorrect data source
  • Physical cabling issues
  • Burned-out bulb
  • Fuzzy image
  • Display burn-in
  • Dead pixels
  • Flashing screen
  • Incorrect color display
  • Audio issues
  • Dim image
  • Intermittent projector shutdown
Given a scenario, troubleshoot common issues with mobile devices.
  • Poor battery health
  • Swollen battery
  • Broken screen
  • Improper charging
  • Poor/no connectivity
  • Liquid damage
  • Overheating
  • Digitizer issues
  • Physically damaged ports
  • Malware
  • Cursor drift/touch calibration
Given a scenario, troubleshoot and resolve printer issues.
  • Lines down the printed pages
  • Garbled print
  • Toner not fusing to paper
  • Paper jams
  • Faded print
  • Incorrect paper size
  • Paper not feeding
  • Multipage misfeed
  • Multiple prints pending in queue
  • Speckling on printed pages
  • Double/echo images on the print
  • Incorrect color settings
  • Grinding noise
  • Finishing issues
  • Incorrect page orientation
Given a scenario, troubleshoot problems with wired and wireless networks.
  • Intermittent wireless connectivity
  • Slow network speeds
  • Limited connectivity
  • Jitter
  • Poor Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) quality
  • Port flapping
  • High latency
  • External interference

CompTIA A+ 220-1102 (Core 2)

1.0 Operating Systems
Identify basic features of Microsoft Windows editions.
  • Windows 10 editions
  • Feature differences
  • Upgrade paths
Given a scenario, use the appropriate Microsoft command-line tool.
  • Navigation
  • Command-line tools
Given a scenario, use features and tools of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system (OS).
  • Task Manager
  • Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in
  • Additional tools
Given a scenario, use the appropriate Microsoft Windows 10 Control Panel utility.
  • Internet Options
  • Devices and Printers
  • Programs and Features
  • Network and Sharing Center
  • System
  • Windows Defender Firewall
  • Mail
  • Sound
  • User Accounts
  • Device Manager
  • Indexing Options
  • Administrative Tools
  • File Explorer Options
  • Power Options
  • Ease of Access
Given a scenario, use the appropriate Windows settings.
  • Time and Language
  • Update and Security
  • Personalization
  • Apps
  • Privacy
  • System
  • Devices
  • Network and Internet
  • Gaming
  • Accounts
Given a scenario, configure Microsoft Windows networking features on a client/desktop.
  • Workgroup vs. domain setup
  • Local OS firewall settings
  • Client network configuration
  • Establish network connections
  • Proxy settings
  • Public network vs. private network
  • File Explorer navigation - network paths
  • Metered connections and limitations
Given a scenario, apply application installation and configuration concepts.
  • System requirements for applications
  • OS requirements for applications
  • Distribution methods
  • Other considerations for new applications
Explain common OS types and their purposes.
  • Workstation OSs
  • Cell phone/tablet OSs
  • Various filesystem types
  • Vendor life-cycle limitations
  • Compatibility concerns between OSs
Given a scenario, perform OS installations and upgrades in a diverse OS environment.
  • Boot methods
  • Types of installations
  • Partitioning
  • Drive format
  • Upgrade considerations
  • Feature updates
Identify common features and tools of the macOS/desktop OS.
  • Installation and uninstallation of applications
  • Apple ID and corporate restrictions
  • Best practices
  • System Preferences
  • Features
  • Disk Utility
  • FileVault
  • Terminal
  • Force Quit
Identify common features and tools of the Linux client/desktop OS.
  • Common commands
  • Best practices
  • Tools
2.0 Security
Summarize various security measures and their purposes.
  • Physical security
  • Physical security for staff
  • Logical security
  • Mobile device management (MDM)
  • Active Directory
Compare and contrast wireless security protocols and authentication methods.
  • Protocols and encryption
  • Authentication
Given a scenario, detect, remove, and prevent malware using the appropriate tools and methods.
  • Malware
  • Tools and methods
Explain common social-engineering attacks, threats, and vulnerabilities.
  • Social engineering
  • Threats
  • Vulnerabilities
Given a scenario, manage and configure basic security settings in the Microsoft Windows OS.
  • Defender Antivirus
  • Firewall
  • Users and groups
  • Login OS options
  • NTFS vs. share permissions
  • Run as administrator vs. standard user
  • BitLocker
  • BitLocker To Go
  • Encrypting File System (EFS)
Given a scenario, configure a workstation to meet best practices for security.
  • Data-at-rest encryption
  • Password best practices
  • End-user best practices
  • Account management
  • Change default administrator's user account/password
  • Disable AutoRun
  • Disable AutoPlay
Explain common methods for securing mobile and embedded devices.
  • Screen locks
  • Remote wipes
  • Locator applications
  • OS updates
  • Device encryption
  • Remote backup applications
  • Failed login attempts restrictions
  • Antivirus/anti-malware
  • Firewalls
  • Policies and procedures
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
Given a scenario, use common data destruction and disposal methods.
  • Physical destruction
  • Recycling or repurposing best practices
  • Outsourcing concepts
Given a scenario, configure appropriate security settings on small office/home office (SOHO) wireless and wired networks.
  • Home router settings
  • Wireless specific
  • Firewall settings
Given a scenario, install and configure browsers and relevant security settings.
  • Browser download/installation
  • Extensions and plug-ins
  • Password managers
  • Secure connections/sites - valid certificates
  • Settings
3.0 Software Troubleshooting
Given a scenario, troubleshoot common Windows OS problems.
  • Common symptoms
  • Common troubleshooting steps
Given a scenario, troubleshoot common personal computer (PC) security issues.
  • Common symptoms
  • Browser-related symptoms
Given a scenario, use best practice procedures for malware removal.
  • Investigate and verify malware symptoms
  • Quarantine infected systems
  • Disable System Restore in Windows
  • Remediate infected systems
  • Schedule scans and run updates
  • Enable System Restore and create a restore point in Windows
  • Educate the end user
Given a scenario, troubleshoot common mobile OS and application issues.
  • Application fails to launch
  • Application fails to close/crashes
  • Application fails to update
  • Slow to respond
  • OS fails to update
  • Battery life issues
  • Randomly reboots
  • Connectivity issues
  • Screen does not autorotate
Given a scenario, troubleshoot common mobile OS and application security issues.
  • Security concerns
  • Common symptoms
4.0 Operational Procedures
Given a scenario, implement best practices associated with documentation and support systems information management.
  • Ticketing systems
  • Asset management
  • Types of documents
  • Knowledge base/articles
Explain basic change-management best practices.
  • Documented business processes
  • Change management
Given a scenario, implement workstation backup and recovery methods.
  • Backup and recovery
  • Backup testing
  • Backup rotation schemes
Given a scenario, use common safety procedures.
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) straps
  • ESD mats
  • Equipment grounding
  • Proper power handling
  • Proper component handling and storage
  • Antistatic bags
  • Compliance with government regulations
  • Personal safety
Summarize environmental impacts and local environmental controls.
  • Material safety data sheet (MSDS)/documentation for handling and disposal
  • Temperature, humidity-level awareness, and proper ventilation
  • Power surges, under-voltage events, and power failures
Explain the importance of prohibited content/activity and privacy, licensing, and policy concepts.
  • Incident response
  • Licensing/digital rights management (DRM)/end-user license agreement (EULA)
  • Regulated data
Given a scenario, use proper communication techniques and professionalism.
  • Professional appearance and attire
  • Use proper language and avoid jargon, acronyms, and slang, when applicable
  • Maintain a positive attitude/ project confidence
  • Actively listen, take notes, and avoid interrupting the customer
  • Be culturally sensitive
  • Be on time (if late, contact the customer)
  • Avoid distractions
  • Dealing with difficult customers or situations
  • Set and meet expectations/time line and communicate status with the customer
  • Deal appropriately with customers' confidential and private materials

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Network+ certification

CompTIA Network+ (Exam N10-008) helps develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks.

CompTIA Network+ validates the technical skills needed to securely establish, maintain and troubleshoot the essential networks that businesses rely on.

Unlike other vendor-specific networking certifications, CompTIA Network+ prepares candidates to support networks on any platform. CompTIA Network+ is the only certification that covers the specific skills that network professionals need. Other certifications are so broad, they don't cover the hands-on skills and precise knowledge needed in today's networking environments.

CompTIA Network+ features flexible training options including self-paced learning, live online training, custom training and labs to advance the career development of IT professionals in network administration.

What Skills Will You Learn?

Networking Fundamentals

Explain basic networking concepts including network services, physical connections, topologies and architecture, and cloud connectivity.

Network Implementations

Explain routing technologies and networking devices; deploy ethernet solutions and configure wireless technologies.

Network Operations

Monitor and optimize networks to ensure business continuity.

Network Security

Explain security concepts and network attacks in order to harden networks against threats.

Network Troubleshooting

Troubleshoot common cable, connectivity, and software issues related to networking.

Jobs that use Network+

  • Junior Network Administrator
  • Datacenter Support Technician
  • Network Engineer
  • System Administrator
  • NOC Technician
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Cable Technician

Course Outline

1.0 Networking Fundamentals
Compare and contrast the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model layers and encapsulation concepts.
  • OSI model
  • Data encapsulation and decapsulation within the OSI model context
Explain the characteristics of network topologies and network types.
  • Mesh
  • Star/hub-and-spoke
  • Bus
  • Ring
  • Hybrid
  • Network types and characteristics
  • Service-related entry point
  • Virtual network concepts
  • Provider links
Summarize the types of cables and connectors and explain which is the appropriate type for a solution.
  • Copper
  • Fiber
  • Connector types
  • Cable management
  • Ethernet standards
Given a scenario, configure a subnet and use appropriate IP addressing schemes.
  • Public vs. private
  • IPv4 vs. IPv6
  • IPv4 subnetting
  • IPv6 concepts
  • Virtual IP (VIP)
  • Subinterfaces
Explain common ports and protocols, their application, and encrypted alternatives.
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Secure Shell (SSH)
  • Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Telnet
  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP)
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
  • Post Office Protocol v3 (POP3)
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) [Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)]
  • HTTPS [Transport Layer Security (TLS)]
  • Server Message Block (SMB)
  • Syslog
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (over SSL) (LDAPS)
  • IMAP over SSL
  • POP3 over SSL
  • Structured Query Language (SQL) Server
  • SQLnet
  • MySQL
  • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
  • IP protocol types
  • Connectionless vs. connection-oriented
Explain the use and purpose of network services.
  • DHCP
  • DNS
  • NTP
Explain basic corporate and datacenter network architecture.
  • Three-tiered
  • Software-defined networking
  • Spine and leaf
  • Traffic flows
  • Branch office vs. on-premises datacenter vs. colocation
  • Storage area networks
Summarize cloud concepts and connectivity options.
  • Deployment models
  • Service models
  • Infrastructure as code
  • Connectivity options
  • Multitenancy
  • Elasticity
  • Scalability
  • Security implications
2.0 Network Implementations
Compare and contrast various devices, their features, and their appropriate placement on the network.
  • Networking devices
  • Networked devices
Compare and contrast routing technologies and bandwidth management concepts.
  • Routing
  • Bandwidth management
Given a scenario, configure and deploy common Ethernet switching features.
  • Data virtual local area network (VLAN)
  • Voice VLAN
  • Port configurations
  • Media access control (MAC) address tables
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)/ Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+)
  • Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Carrier-sense multiple access with collision detection (CSMA/CD)
  • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
  • Neighbor Discovery Protocol
Given a scenario, install and configure the appropriate wireless standards and technologies.
  • 802.11 standards
  • Frequencies and range
  • Channels
  • Channel bonding
  • Service set identifier (SSID)
  • Antenna types
  • Encryption standards
  • Cellular technologies
  • Multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) and multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO)
3.0 Network Operations
Given a scenario, use the appropriate statistics and sensors to ensure network availability.
  • Performance metrics/sensors
  • SNMP
  • Network device logs
  • Interface statistics/status
  • Interface errors or alerts
  • Environmental factors and sensors
  • Baselines
  • NetFlow data
  • Uptime/downtime
Explain the purpose of organizational documents and policies.
  • Plans and procedures
  • Hardening and security policies
  • Common documentation
  • Common agreements
Explain high availability and disaster recovery concepts and summarize which is the best solution.
  • Load balancing
  • Multipathing
  • Network interface card (NIC) teaming
  • Redundant hardware/clusters
  • Facilities and infrastructure support
  • Redundancy and high availability (HA) concepts
  • Network device backup/restore
4.0 Network Security
Explain common security concepts.
  • Confidentiality, integrity, availability (CIA)
  • Threats
  • Vulnerabilities
  • Exploits
  • Least privilege
  • Role-based access
  • Zero Trust
  • Defense in depth
  • Authentication methods
  • Risk Management
  • Security information and event management (SIEM)
Compare and contrast common types of attacks.
  • Technology-based
  • Human and environmental
Given a scenario, apply network hardening techniques.
  • Best practices
  • Wireless security
  • IoT access considerations
Compare and contrast remote access methods and security implications.
  • Site-to-site VPN
  • Client-to-site VPN
  • Remote desktop connection
  • Remote desktop gateway
  • SSH
  • Virtual network computing (VNC)
  • Virtual desktop
  • Authentication and authorization considerations
  • In-band vs. out-of-band management
Explain the importance of physical security.
  • Detection methods
  • Prevention methods
  • Asset disposal
5.0 Network Troubleshooting
Explain the network troubleshooting methodology.
  • Identify the problem
  • Establish a theory of probable cause
  • Test the theory to determine the cause
  • Establish a plan of action to resolve the problem and identify potential effects
  • Implement the solution or escalate as necessary
  • Verify full system functionality and, if applicable, implement preventive measures
  • Document findings, actions, outcomes, and lessons learned
Given a scenario, troubleshoot common cable connectivity issues and select the appropriate tools.
  • Specifications and limitations
  • Cable considerations
  • Cable application
  • Common issues
  • Common tools
Given a scenario, use the appropriate network software tools and commands.
  • Software tools
  • Command line tool
  • Basic network platform commands
Given a scenario, troubleshoot common wireless connectivity issues.
  • Specifications and limitations
  • Considerations
  • Common issues
Given a scenario, troubleshoot general networking issues.
  • Considerations
  • Common issues

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Security+ certification

CompTIA Security+ (SY0-701) is a global certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

Open the Door to Your Cybersecurity Career

Launch a successful cybersecurity career

Develop a core foundation of essential skills, paving the way for a fulfilling career. More job roles use Security+ for baseline cybersecurity skills than any other certification in the industry.

Assess on-the-job skills

Security+ is the most widely adopted ISO/ANSI-accredited early career cybersecurity certification on the market with hands-on, performance-based questions on the certification exam. These practical questions assess your ability to effectively problem solve in real-life situations and demonstrate your expertise to potential employers immediately.

Embrace the latest trends

Understand and use the most recent advancements in cybersecurity technology, terms, techniques, and tools. By acquiring early career skills in the latest trends such as automation, zero trust, risk analysis, operational technology, and IoT, you will be well-equipped to excel in the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.

Exam SY0-701

The new CompTIA Security+ represents the latest and greatest in cybersecurity, covering the most in-demand skills related to current threats, automation, zero trust, IoT, risk - and more. Once certified, you'll understand the core skills needed to succeed on the job - and employers will notice too. The Security+ exam verifies you have the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Assess the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions.
  • Monitor and secure hybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), and operational technology.
  • Operate with an awareness of applicable regulations and policies, including principles of governance, risk, and compliance.
  • Identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents.

CompTIA Security+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the U.S. DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements. Regulators and government rely on ANSI accreditation because it provides confidence and trust in the outputs of an accredited program. Over 2.3 million CompTIA ISO/ANSI-accredited exams have been delivered since January 1, 2011.

What Skills Will You Learn?

General Security Concepts

Includes key cybersecurity terminology and concepts up front to provide a foundation for security controls discussed throughout the exam.

Threats, Vulnerabilities & Mitigations

Focuses on responding to common threats, cyberattacks, vulnerabilities, and security incidents and appropriate mitigation techniques to monitor and secure hybrid environments.

Security Architecture

Includes security implications of different architecture models, principles of securing enterprise infrastructure, and strategies to protect data.

Security Operations

Includes applying and enhancing security and vulnerability management techniques, as well as security implications of proper hardware, software, and data management.

Security Program Management & Oversight

Updated to better reflect the reporting and communication skills required for Security+ job roles relating to governance, risk management, compliance, assessment, and security awareness.

Jobs You Can Land With CompTIA Security+

  • Cloud Penetration Tester
  • Network Security Operations
  • Penetration Tester
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Web App Penetration Tester
  • Security Architect

Course Content

1.0 General Security Concepts
Compare and contrast various types of security controls.
  • Categories
  • Control types
Summarize fundamental security concepts.
  • Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA)
  • Non-repudiation
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
  • Gap analysis
  • Zero Trust
  • Physical security
  • Deception and disruption technology
Explain the importance of change management processes and the impact to security.
  • Business processes impacting security operation
  • Technical implications
  • Documentation
  • Version control
Explain the importance of using appropriate cryptographic solutions.
  • Public key infrastructure (PKI)
  • Encryption
  • Tools
  • Obfuscation
  • Steganography
  • Tokenization
  • Data masking
  • Hashing
  • Salting
  • Digital signatures
  • Key stretching
  • Blockchain
  • Open public ledger
  • Certificates
2.0 Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Mitigations
Compare and contrast common threat actors and motivations.
  • Threat actors
  • Attributes of actors
  • Motivations
Explain common threat vectors and attack surfaces.
  • Message-based
  • Email
  • Short Message Service (SMS)
  • Instant messaging (IM)
  • Image-based
  • File-based
  • Voice call
  • Removable device
  • Vulnerable software
  • Unsupported systems and applications
  • Unsecure networks
  • Open service ports
  • Default credentials
  • Supply chain
  • Human vectors/social engineering
Explain various types of vulnerabilities.
  • Application
  • Operating system (OS)-based
  • Web-based
  • Hardware
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud-specific
  • Supply chain
  • Cryptographic
  • Misconfiguration
  • Mobile device
  • Zero-day
Given a scenario, analyze indicators of malicious activity.
  • Malware attacks
  • Physical attacks
  • Network attacks
  • Application attacks
  • Cryptographic attacks
  • Password attacks
  • Indicators
Explain the purpose of mitigation techniques used to secure the enterprise.
  • Segmentation
  • Access control
  • Application allow list
  • Isolation
  • Patching
  • Encryption
  • Monitoring
  • Least privilege
  • Configuration enforcement
  • Decommissioning
  • Hardening techniques
3.0 Security Architecture
Compare and contrast security implications of different architecture models.
  • Architecture and infrastructure concepts
  • Considerations
Given a scenario, apply security principles to secure enterprise infrastructure.
  • Infrastructure considerations
  • Secure communication/access
  • Selection of effective controls
Compare and contrast concepts and strategies to protect data.
  • Data types
  • Data classifications
  • General data considerations
  • Methods to secure data
Explain the importance of resilience and recovery in security architecture.
  • High availability
  • Site considerations
  • Platform diversity
  • Multi-cloud systems
  • Continuity of operations
  • Capacity planning
  • Testing
  • Backups
  • Power
4.0 Security Operations
Given a scenario, apply common security techniques to computing resources.
  • Secure baselines
  • Hardening targets
  • Wireless devices
  • Mobile solutions
  • Wireless security settings
  • Application security
  • Sandboxing
  • Monitoring
Explain the security implications of proper hardware, software, and data asset management.
  • Acquisition/procurement process
  • Assignment/accounting
  • Monitoring/asset tracking
  • Disposal/decommissioning
Explain various activities associated with vulnerability management.
  • Identification methods
  • Analysis
  • Vulnerability response and remediation
  • Validation of remediation
  • Reporting
Explain security alerting and monitoring concepts and tools.
  • Monitoring computing resources
  • Activities
  • Tools
Given a scenario, modify enterprise capabilities to enhance security.
  • Firewall
  • Web filter
  • Operating system security
  • Implementation of secure protocols
  • DNS filtering
  • Email security
  • File integrity monitoring
  • DLP
  • Network access control (NAC)
  • Endpoint detection and response (EDR)/extended detection and response (XDR)
  • User behavior analytics
Given a scenario, implement and maintain identity and access management.
  • Provisioning/de-provisioning user accounts
  • Permission assignments and implications
  • Identity proofing
  • Federation
  • Single sign-on (SSO)
  • Interoperability
  • Attestation
  • Access controls
  • Multifactor authentication
  • Password concepts
  • Privileged access management tools
Explain the importance of automation and orchestration related to secure operations.
  • Use cases of automation and scripting
  • Benefits
  • Other considerations
Explain appropriate incident response activities.
  • Process
  • Training
  • Testing
  • Root cause analysis
  • Threat hunting
  • Digital forensics
Given a scenario, use data sources to support an investigation.
  • Log data
  • Data sources
5.0 Security Program Management and Oversight
Summarize elements of effective security governance.
  • Guidelines
  • Policies
  • Standards
  • Procedures
  • External considerations
  • Monitoring and revision
  • Types of governance structures
  • Roles and responsibilities for systems and data
Explain elements of the risk management process.
  • Risk identification
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk register
  • Risk tolerance
  • Risk appetite
  • Risk management strategies
  • Risk reporting
  • Business impact analysis
Explain the processes associated with third-party risk assessment and management.
  • Vendor assessment
  • Vendor selection
  • Agreement types
  • Vendor monitoring
  • Questionnaires
  • Rules of engagement
Summarize elements of effective security compliance.
  • Compliance reporting
  • Consequences of non-compliance
  • Compliance monitoring
  • Privacy
Explain types and purposes of audits and assessments.
  • Attestation
  • Internal
  • External
  • Penetration testing
Given a scenario, implement security awareness practices.
  • Phishing
  • Anomalous behavior recognition
  • User guidance and training
  • Reporting and monitoring
  • Development
  • Execution

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