CompTIA Security+ Certification: What You Need to Know

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Certified network security professionals are in great demand at many companies.

Certifications in different computer skill areas can help IT professionals get better jobs by showing that they have mastered those skills well enough to be considered proficient in that area. CompTIA Security+ Certification is one of several foundational certifications that demonstrates knowledge in the field of security concepts and tools, as well as the ability to react to security incidents and apply the required remediation procedures. Security+ can also be used toward more comprehensive specializations like Microsoft’s MCSA or in Cyber Security.

Security+ certification covers topics related to internet and network security, including the following:

–Cryptography. This topic centers around encryption and how it can make computer networks more secure. Both writing codes and breaking them are explored, and protocols for encryption as well as mistakes that can be made are both covered as well.

–Access control. These systems are important for computer and network security because they prevent people from accessing private information that could be used maliciously. Identification, authentication, authorization and accountability are all covered as well as the use of various access points and methods.

–Disaster recovery. Part of keeping a network or computer secure is having a plan for how to maintain security when disaster strikes. The Security+ certification helps students think through disaster recovery planning for computer networks. Virus protection, vulnerability assessment, patches, and host configurations are all considerations that come into play when disaster happens.

–Risk management. Sure, the system you designed is functioning well in the current environment, but risk management involves considering what steps should be taken to protect the system in the event of a disaster or other crisis. Planning for problems before they occur is a smart way to approach any situation, including crisis or disaster.

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IT security professionals are often called upon to keep corporate networks secure.

Security+ Certification Benefits

Having your Security+ certification means that you have been exposed to best practices in IT security. You have learned the essential principles of IT security and can now apply them to situations you come across in your job or situation.

CompTIA recommends but does not require two years of work experience in networking with an emphasis on security. Security+ certification is required for many Department of Defense and other government contracts, and companies like Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, Symantec, and General Mills all employ CompTIA Security+ certified staff.

Preparing for CompTIA Security+ certification is best accomplished through hands-on practice and real world experiences very similar to what you will experience when you enter the work force. PC AGE courses that help to prepare students for certification exams are taught by certified instructors, so they are uniquely qualified to prepare students for the exams.

Coursework includes practical skills and experience as well as test prep questions and practice tests. Job placement is also available when coursework is completed. CompTIA Security+ certification is internationally recognized, and certified professionals work in over 147 countries all over the world.

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