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CompTIA Security+

By jpmyers15 ·

I currently hold the A+ certification, and I am interested in pursuing the Network+ and Security+ certifications. The Network+ exam is going to be updated this winter, so I want to wait until the new version comes out. However, I don't want to wait to pursue the Security+ exam. The website recommends that you take the Network+ exam first, but is this really required? Would I be at a big disadvantage if I do them backwards? I currently don't have much of a networking background; frankly, I'm not too interested in networking. I am more interested in the security aspect of computer systems. Does that make sense, and can I have one without the other?

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You answered your own question

by robo_dev In reply to CompTIA Security+

If you don't have a solid networking background, at least 50% of the Security+ material will make no sense to you whatsoever.

If you have a good grasp of networking, such as understanding ports, protocols, and how firewalls work, then the Security + material is fairly straightforward.

My opinion is that from a security certification perspective, the Security+ is really a 'CISSP-Lite'. The S+ is about half the content-breadth of the CISSP and the exam is much easier.


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by jpmyers15 In reply to You answered your own que ...

Thanks a lot for your response; that definitely helps me out. I guess I should just wait for the new Network+ exam to come out before I get into Security+. I was looking into other security certifications but I seem to run into a roadblock with the ones that require 5-10 years of work experience in IT security. I found that CompTIA has another security cert called CASP that's more advanced and builds on Security+. I guess that can be another possible path in the future.

I definitely want to get into IT security cause it will be in demand for many years to come and it interests me a lot! Thanks again

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