CompTIA Security+ Certification

IT LEVEL:
Advanced

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:
2 Years

PRIOR CERTS:
Net+

EXAM LENGTH:
90 mins

CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam Training - Frequently Asked Questions

The CompTIA Security+ (Sec+) exam is designed for early stage IT professionals or career changers looking to start a new IT career. Sec+ exam training focuses on the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly used by advanced end-users and entry-level IT professionals.

The CompTIA Sec+ exam serves as a great introductory IT certification to build your confidence and provide a strong foundation as you progress towards studying for the CompTIA A+ or CompTIA Security+ certifications.

If you’re just getting started on your IT career path, have no prior IT experience, and are looking to build quick momentum, the CompTIA Sec+ certification is a perfect place to start. As a beginner-level certification, it’s not expected that you have any prior years of working experience, or prior IT certifications under your belt. Register for our Sec+ training today!

The CompTIA Sec+ exam covers a high-level range of topics that help demonstrate competency in IT fundamentals including:

  • Using features and functions of common operating systems and establishing Network connectivity
  • Identifying common software applications and their purpose
  • Using security and web browsing best practices

Before taking the CompTIA Sec+ certification exam, you should feel confident in demonstrating your knowledge across these 6 core areas:

  • Threats, Attacks & Vulnerabilities

    Detect various types of compromise and have an understanding of penetration testing and vulnerability scanning concepts.

  • Technologies & Tools

    Install, configure, and deploy network components while assessing and troubleshooting issues to support organizational security.

  • Architecture & Design

    Implement secure network architecture concepts and systems design.

  • Identity & Access Management

    Install and configure identity and access services, as well as management controls.

  • Risk Management

    Implement and summarize risk management best practices and the business impact.

  • Cryptography & PKI

    Install and configure wireless security settings and implement public key infrastructure.

How confident are you with IT fundamentals? Take our IT knowledge quiz to validate your confidence going into the exam and/or applying for your first IT position:

Maybe you’ve started some DIY studying on your own, but you’re not feeling quite confident enough to pass the exam. Join CIAT students and IT community members for some extra one-on-one help from our certified instructors in our complimentary online workshops.

The technical skills validated through the CompTIA Sec+ certification exam will help prepare you for IT career opportunities such as:

  • Systems Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Security Administrator
  • Junior IT Auditor/ Penetration Tester
  • Security Specialist
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Engineer

Like any career building process, successfully passing your IT certification exam is a critical step to getting your foot in the door but is only one part of the equation. If you pass the exam, but have no demonstratable skills to back it up, you may have challenges getting your resume picked up by employers or landing the job you’re looking for.

Students enrolled in our Computer Technician Certificate, Computer Information Systems Certificate, or Computer Information Systems Degree programs, learn all the comprehensive technical skills needed to start an IT career AND all the topics covered to feel 100% confident taking the CompTIA Sec+ exam in 5 weeks.

CompTIA Sec+ is a beginner level certification that can serve as a launchpad for numerous IT certification and career pathways. The more certs you earn, the more skills you acquire, the more career opportunities will be available. Take our Sec+ course to prepare for the exam.

Your CompTIA Sec+ exam voucher, retake costs, and exam prep software, are included in the cost of your tuition for all Certificate and Degree programs. CIAT provides unlimited attempts at passing the CompTIA Sec+ to ensure you start your exam calm and confident, without worrying about what will happen if you don’t pass.

You save hundreds of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses over a DIY studying approach.

Both CIAT Mission Valley and National City campuses include secure and authorized testing center facilities, available to local San Diego students and alumni. For our online students, we work closely with you to help locate and facilitate an authorized testing center near you.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CIAT has now enabled students to take the CompTIA Sec+ certification exam remotely from the comfort of your own home through CompTIA’s new “Test Anywhere” process. Don’t put your goals on hold or push off until normalcy returns.

Studying for the CompTIA Sec+ certification on your own is doable, but often leaves you without the required technical skills in your background, or the necessary resources to translate your exam score into an IT career.

Join over 2,000 students who have enrolled in CIAT accredited Certificate and Degree programs and are on their path to launching or advancing their IT careers. Our extensive, custom designed IT curriculum provides training for up to 14 industry certifications, including CompTIA Security+.

  • No exam fees
  • Unlimited exam attempts*
  • Hands-on training through on-campus and virtual online classes
  • Online test preparation workshops
  • Test preparation software
  • Complimentary week-long IT bootcamps
  • One-on-one support from certified instructors
  • Accredited Certificate and Degree programs to beef up your resume
  • Personalized career services support including resume building and job placement support

*Students are encouraged to take certification exams while actively enrolled in the degree program. Unlimited certification exam attempts expire 90 days after graduation. The following are single attempt exams and are not eligible for a retake voucher: CEH, CASP, CISSP, DevNet & CCNP. See certification exam policy for more details.

Questions About Getting Certified?

Whether you’re just entering the workforce or trying to take your career to the next level, CIAT offers the certifications needed to prove your expertise to current and future employers. Navigating the IT certification landscape by yourself can be challenging. If you’re wondering which certification path is right for you or how to get started, we’re here to help.

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We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

2021 BEST CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS

CIAT has been awarded top ranking status in Intelligent.com’s Best Cybersecurity Program review, highlighted as “Best For Industry Certifications”. Evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

EC Council, the world's largest cybersecurity technical certification organization, awarded CIAT the Circle of Excellence Award two years in a row for our Certified Ethical Hacker certification training courses and career-ready curriculum.

MILITARY-FRIENDLY

We believe you deserve an education worthy of your service. CIAT welcomes military veterans, active duty service members, and spouses using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Active Duty Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA.

FULLY ACCREDITED

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

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Request an appointment with one of our IT expert Admissions Advisors for personalized guidance on building your education plan. You’ll be able to book an appointment instantly for a time that fits your schedule. 

Next Enrollment Deadline is August 24th, 2021!

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