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Security+ Study Guide

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 11, 2013 11:30:42 AM / by The TrainACE Team

Security+ study guides are used for preparing to become certified in computer security subjects, such as access control and cryptology. Other topics studied in Security+ include risk management and disaster recover. This field of study was established in 2002 in the wake of web based security threats. The latest version of Security+ is SY0-301; it was released in 2011. In order to become certified in Security+, you should ideally have a minimum of two years’ experience working in Internet and computer security positions. Also, you must pass a multiple choice exam of 100 questions. The exam includes topics of data and host security; threats; vulnerabilities; operational security; compliance; and network security. The best way to prepare for this exam is to work through Security+ study guides.

Where to Buy

You can find Security+ study guides online in a variety of stores including Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as at brick and mortar bookstores around the country. If you want some free study help, check out our free CEH practice test questions! Your best bet on finding the latest edition of a study guide would be to purchase the book from a reputable dealer who offers Security+ and related computer guides exclusively. For instance, CompTIA, an online company that has offered certification exams for decades, offers Security+ certification exams. On their website you'll find the CompTIA Security+ exam along with exam objectives and sample questions. You can also find student manuals, instructor editions, and study guides that are specifically focused on the Security+ exam.

Typical Costs

The cost for a new study guide for Security+ on Amazon ranges from $15 to $45 for a new copy. A Kindle version, however, costs only a fraction of this amount. For instance, “CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-301 Study Guide” by Darril Gibson costs $29.84 new on Amazon, but you can get the Kindle version for only $9.99. Additionally, on Amazon you can rent some of the study guide books, which is ideal for a student who plans to update their copies annually as the latest volumes are released. Additionally, if you purchase a guide from an online bookstore, such as Amazon, you can expect to find used copies for a portion of the cost of the new copy. For the Security+ study guides sold by CompTIA, you can expect to find much higher pricing. For example, the “CompTIA Security+ Certification Study Guide (Exam SY0-301) - CompTIA Official” costs $50. However, you can be assured that the information offered by the CompTIA guides are up to date because all of their guides are updated annually.

Benefits of Security+ Study Guides

If you are planning to take a Security+ certification exam, you need to be as prepared as possible. Don't skip studying just because you've worked in this industry prior to becoming certified. The information that is tested upon is up to date according to the latest scenarios, issues and technology. By simply reading through any of the aforementioned study guides, you are going to be better prepared for the certification exam than you would if you did nothing to prepare. Additionally, having a grasp on the information that you will be tested on ensures that you will be confident in your testing abilities. Almost all of the study guides come with practice exam questions that will give you the most realistic study experience possible. You can also test your knowledge prior to exam day by taking these practice tests, as another way to ensure that you are prepared for success.

TrainAce offers Security+ certification and training courses online as well as offers physical locations in Greenbelt, MD and Ashburn, Va.

Topics: CompTIA, Cybersecurity, Security+

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