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May 31 2011   1:34PM GMT

Nice Overview of Remodeled Security+ Exam

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In her most recent article at, longtime cert maven Anne Martinez shares some really useful information about the recently revised CompTIA Security+ exams, which hit English-language testing centers earlier this month. Entitled “New CompTIA Security+ Exam Delivers,” this article reviews the changes in content and coverage between the SY0-201 Security+ exam, which made its debut in 2008, and the current SY0-301 version, which made its debut in mid-May.

Anne’s tabular comparison between old and new exam objectives makes the article worth reading all by its lonesome, but you’ll also find lots of other good stuff in that story. Please, check it out!

Side-by-side comparison of 2011 v 2008 Security+ objectives

Side-by-side comparison of 2011 v 2008 Security+ objectives

Those who’re already prepping for the old (2008) version of Security+ can take heart from the information that this exam will remain available at testing centers until the end of 2011. Those getting ready to tackle an entry-level information security credential can take even more heart from Anne’s remark that : “CompTIA has developed these [Security+] exam objectives with such great study and care that they are probably the best blueprint, bar none, defining what an IT pro needs to know call himself or herself an IT security professional today.” That’s not only good news, it’s also a big change from previous Security+ incarnations, which have been dinged in the past for being wanting in relevance and currency.

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