Are you an IT professional with a passion for security? Are you looking for a qualification that could boost your resume? Do you want to take your career to the next level? Then CompTIA Security+ Certification might be for you!
The CompTIA Security+ Certification is a ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited credential that proves to employers you know your stuff when it comes to on and offline security, and that you have the necessary knowledge and expertise to protect their IT systems. Although there are no academic prerequisites to studying the Security+ credential, you should ideally have some knowledge and experience of security and network systems.
CompTIA recommends completing the Network+ Certification before you commence the Security+ program, as this will bring you up to speed on the basic knowledge you will need to begin the course. This qualification is great if you have limited formal education but a good understanding of computing, as it can really make your resume shine! Please be aware that although CompTIA has no academic requirements for joining the course, some employers may prefer candidates with a Bachelor's or associate's degree in a related field, such as computer science or information systems.
Through the course, you will learn many of the ways in which to best implement security measures, as well as recovery and incident response in the case that something goes wrong. Topics of study may include:
Security is an important, large and ever-changing field, so gaining expertise is not for the fainthearted. However, for computer wizards who love a good puzzle, security is quite simply the perfect fit. At the end of the preparation course, you will sit an exam, and must pass to gain the qualification. Exam topics may cover areas such as:
In order to keep your credential up-to-date, you must take at least 50 continuing education units and pay applicable fees every three years. You can earn these credits in a variety of ways, including:
Security is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the IT industry. With new threats every day, it is an ever-changing field, meaning jobs in security are in-demand and rewarding to those who like a challenge.
Before taking the CompTIA CTT+ Certification, you should:
Even within this specialism, there are still sub-specialist fields, including physical, internet and information security. Here we will talk about the role as an information security specialist.
Information security specialists assist businesses and organizations in maintaining computer security by preventing hacks, viruses and unauthorized user access by designing, implementing and maintaining various computer programs and applications. Most will have a Bachelor's degree in a related subject, such as computer science or information systems, though this is not an official prerequisite and may not be required by all employers. As an information security specialist, you will advise clients and companies on how best to physically and virtually protect their information and customer data, through a variety of software and best practice techniques (for example, not writing down passwords).
You must be able to communicate effectively both with colleagues with similar training and clients, who are unlikely to have your technical knowledge, so be prepared to translate your professional findings into lay terms. As a specialist, you will be trusted for advice, so don't exaggerate: nothing is foolproof, and you should make clients aware of what to do if something goes wrong. This is a rewarding career for the right candidate, so if you like puzzles and want to work with both people and computers, this might be the right role for you.