CompTIA Security+ Frequently Asked Questions

The Security+ Certification from CompTIA is the certification globally trusted to validate foundational, vendor-neutral IT security knowledge and skills. As a benchmark for best practices in IT security, this certification covers the essential principles for network security and risk management – making it an important stepping stone of an IT security career.

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Exam Details

Certification  Security+
Performance-based Questions Yes
Exam Length 90 Minutes
Experience Level Entry-Level
Pre-requisites CompTIA Network+ Recommended
Exam Price  $349
Passing Score  750 (100-900 Scale)

1. General Security+ Exam FAQs

  • CompTIA’s Security+ certification is often viewed as an introductory certification to the information security field. The Security+ certification exposes professionals to a wide range of topics and fields that implement security. Objectives range from securing network components, to disaster recovery planning, to even server room layout and physical security.

  • No, there are no prerequisites necessary for Security+. However, it is recommended that you obtain the Network+ certification. Additionally, having at least 2 years of experience in the security field helps.

  • There are many fields that require or implement the Security+ certification. Currently, there are more than 100,000 job listings that are available to Security+ certified professionals. These job titles cover a wide range including, Security Analysts, Security Team Leads, Incident Responder, etc.

  • The launch date for the SY0-601 version is November 2020. The current SY0-501 will expire next year in July 2021.

  • The certification is valid for a period of 3 years. However, there are two methods of keeping your certification valid. You can either retake the latest version of the exam every three years, or you can complete 50 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) through various activities.

2. Security+ Course FAQs

  • The idea behind a boot camp is great. A few days jam-packed with materials that will “ensure” that you pass the exam. However, due to the fact that the exam covers such a wide range of topics, a few days of cramming the materials is not helpful at all. Many of our current students have gone the boot camp route, only to fail the exam. We have divided up the exam components into smaller more manageable portions. This helps in both learning and retaining the material. We have used learning science as the backbone to our learning delivery to help you learn for the long term.

  • CyberVista’s Security+ program is unlike anything else on the market. Our live online experience uses light board technology and we couple that with a powerful learning management system. Our program is flexible, convenient, and truly innovative.

  • CyberVista’s Security+ program is an 8 week Live Online program. It’s CompTIA authorized and will prepare you for the Security+ SY0-501 until its retirement in July 2021. The upcoming SY0-601 version and our preparation course will be available November 2020. The program includes 7 live online sessions plus 1 independent session. The program starts with a diagnostic to guide your learning and includes 60+ on-demand short videos that comprehensively cover each exam objective.  The program includes more than 350 practice questions including a full length practice test.  Included also are summary notes, summary videos, and e-flashcards to ensure readiness for test day.

  • All students have 6 months of unlimited access to their online portal. This includes all of the pre-recorded objective videos, recorded live session videos, and practices tests/quizzes/questions.
  • CyberVista offers a Readiness Guarantee. The Readiness Guarantee allows for a free course re-take if life gets in the way. If you don’t feel ready to take the exam or if you do not pass your exam, then you may re-take the course.

    1. After completing your course, email us at [email protected] if you are not ready to take the exam or if you have taken the exam and have not passed. We’ll register you for the next available course (one-time) at no charge to you.
    2. In order to qualify, you must contact us within 3 months of the end of your original course and you must select a start date within 12 months of your original purchase date.
  • The Readiness Guarantee allows for a free course re-take if life gets in the way. If you don’t feel ready to take the exam or if you do not pass your exam, then you may re-take the course.

    1. After completing your course, email us at [email protected] if you are not ready to take the exam or if you have taken the exam and have not passed. We’ll register you for the next available course (one-time) at no charge to you.
    2. In order to qualify, you must contact us within 3 months of the end of your original course and you must select a start date within 12 months of your original purchase date.
  • The course length depends largely upon the delivery format you select and your personal preference. If you use our recommended schedule following the Live Online sessions, the course lasts a total of eight (8) weeks. Within the On-Demand delivery option or if you choose to accelerate beyond the nine-week schedule, some students approach the course full-time over the course of a few weeks while other students even prefer to utilize the six months of access we provide to the course.  In short, this course is designed to fit around your busy schedule.

  • We leverage the best instruction. All of our instructors are approved by CompTIA, Security+ certified, and working cybersecurity practitioners themselves. Learn more about our instructors here

  • Light board technology uses an illuminated glass pane between the instructor and the camera that allows the instructor to illustrate concepts while remaining face-to-face with students. We use a light board during our instruction so you can follow along in real time while your instructor demonstrates important topics in cybersecurity. Though we do use PowerPoint in our lessons, there is no “death by PowerPoint” in our course.

  • There are more than 350 practice questions in our system.

  • You will receive login credentials for the LMS and your diagnostic exam the week prior to the start of the course.

  • Yes, but it depends on your experience level and comfort with the material. We help make the learning manageable by spreading the course over 8 weeks and using learning science techniques (including the diagnostic exam) to focus on your targeted areas of improvement.

  • Please note sessions are defined as the occurrence of a live online classroom session, usage of online resources including the diagnostic, or proctored exams.

    • Cancellation before any session, 100% fees are refunded (less shipping & handling fee).
    • Cancellation before two sessions, 50% fees are refunded (less shipping & handling fee).
    • Cancellation after second session, there will be no refund.
    • A refund will be processed after all student materials are returned to CyberVista.

    A refund will be processed after all student materials are returned to CyberVista.