Is The Security+ Still Worth It?

by Michelle Sellers

The Facts
The Security+ Certification was released in December 2002. The objectives were derived through input from industry, government and academia, a job task analysis, a survey of more than 1,100 subject matter experts and a beta exam with responses from subject matter experts around the world. The test questions were written by IT security professionals, so you can be assured of their relevance. It turns out to be a structured certification program that attempts to fill the gap for trained information security professionals. Since 2002 there have been approximately 10,000 CompTIA Security+ certified professionals in 112 Countries.

The Security+ Certification is a vendor-neutral certification. It covers topics such as firewalls, viruses, user authentication, encryption, communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, external attack, and operational/organization security. Successful completion of the Security+ program certifies that an individual will possess the minimum set of skills necessary to practice information security.

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