Preparing for the Security+ Exam: SY0-501

CompTIA Security+ Exam: SY0-501

The content of this revision of the Security+ exam is 80% similar to SY0-401. New to this version:

  • More on mobile security
  • Stronger focus on Web applications
  • Risk Management
  • SCADA security

If you are under the DOD 8570.1M mandate, this is probably your best chance.  If you have years of experience in policy, management and technology, you may not need this course.  You could just buy a book and prepare.  But, be forewarned: CompTIA exams are very difficult.

This CompTIA exam is very tricky.  It largely revolves around the published outline, but it frequently goes well beyond that.  In addition, CompTIA has a way of torturing definitions to the point that they are unrecognizable on the exam.  Often, this works to confuse those with the most experience.  There is correct, and then there’s CompTIA correct.

This course focuses on the exam.  We only teach a topic for one of two reasons.  It’s directly mentioned in the exam, or is fundamental to understanding subsequent topics.  We stick to the CompTIA exam topics.  If it’s simply fun to know, it’s not taught.

In this course, each domain is covered in depth.  It is not a hands-on course.  Hands-on activities would take away from the necessary knowledge uptake.  Our goal is for you to be able to leave the course and pass the test. Gaining the savvy you need to pass the exam is not a hands-on skill.

To ensure that students are adequately prepared, quizzes are administered throughout.  We don’t want to wait to the end of the course to perform a final review and then discover that you’ve missed out on key principles.  By the end of each day, you know exactly where you stand.

I developed a quiz system in HTML and JavaScript that lets a student both learn and assess their progress.  It is made available to all students. Almost everyone rates this as  the best part of the course.  It is not time- or use-limited.  The same quiz system is used throughout the course.  It includes sections to be used in class, as well as homework.  It has numerous final exams to assess your readiness.

The quiz systems for Security+ and CISSP are available at: