CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep 1

CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep 1

Gain the skills you need to work in the fast-growing computer security field. This preparation course covers key terminology and concepts you need to know and includes study tools, practice questions, and games to help you successfully pass the challenging CompTIA Security+ certification exam (SYO-501).
6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs
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The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that information security analysts will be among the fastest-growing occupations through 2022. CompTIA's Security+ certificate is widely regarded as the entry-level certificate for this fast-growing field. Getting that certificate requires passing CompTIA's challenging SY0-501 exam.

This course covers the key terminology and concepts you need to know to ace the exam, all in a condensed format for rapid reading. The course provides helpful study tools including games and practice questions to aid with learning. All of the content is geared toward helping you pass the SY0-501 exam, so you can leave the test center with your Security+ certificate in hand, whether you are taking the exam for the first time, or using it as a refresher to renew your certification.

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Computer security and related computer-support specialties are among today's fastest-growing occupations. Getting a CompTIA Security+ credential is your first step to gaining entrance into this exciting, fast-paced field. By the time you finish this first lesson, you'll know what you need to do to achieve a Security+ credential. You'll also understand the basic goals, tools, and techniques of computer security.

This lesson reviews the tasks and actions a secure network administrator performs, including setting up security rules and ensuring secure device configurations. You will also learn what you need to consider in the design of a secure network, including definitions, structures, and methods that combine to create a secure network environment.

Lesson 3 explores the common network security protocols and ports in use on secure networks and focuses on which ones are most likely to show up on the Security+ exam. You'll learn the purpose and function of each of the protocols and features in this lesson. This knowledge will help you not only pass the exam, but also work as a successful secure network administrator.

If you work as a secure network administrator, you'll spend most of your days focusing on risk. Risk comes in many forms, and identifying, mitigating, and reducing risk is what network security is all about. In this lesson, you'll get a broad overview of how you can deal with risks. Explore security policies, risk analysis, risk control methods, and the duties of risk administration.

Despite your best efforts, there are times when a security incident will occur. In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to an incident. Explore the forensic processes you can use to gather evidence after an incident and go over the procedures used to report and record the outcome of your investigation. With thorough incident response, you'll be able to minimize the damage from an incident and find out how you can prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

This lesson explores some topics important to keeping your network secure and performing at its best, starting with user awareness. When it comes to preventing security incidents, how can you make an organization's employees your allies instead of your enemies? You will learn some compliance procedures, how to classify information according to its sensitivity, and then how to apply security protections accordingly. Next, you will learn some physical and logical security options. Finally, learn how to secure the network's environment from hazards such as weather, fire, and high heat or humidity. There's a lot to think about when securing a network, but you'll get a good grasp on the ins and outs in this lesson.

Many of the threats that face a secure network come from sources you might not expect. Network users can be unknowingly creating vulnerabilities every day. The Web provides avenues to attackers who wish to infect networks with viruses, phishing attacks, and other types of exploits. The expansion of social networking and even simple peer-to-peer file sharing across a network can also add new types of threats to your network. While these threats can affect the network, they can also interrupt the continuity of your business operations. This lesson investigates each potential threat and how you can keep threats at bay.

Even the best security designs and implementations are only in effect if an entire system is up and running. If part of a system or network fails, its security measures could also fail simply because they aren't running. This lesson looks at the various methods and technologies that help to ensure that a system or network remains up and running. Explore redundancy and fault tolerance; how RAID can help you achieve them; and high availability, clustering, load balancing, failover, and network resiliency. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a good understanding of how these technologies help prevent network downtime.

This is the first of three lessons in which focusing on threats and vulnerabilities. Lesson 9 covers the various types of malware, the different types of attacks that threaten your network, and the variety of social engineering attacks that seek to gain information about you, your users, your organization, and your network. Once you know your enemy, you'll be better prepared to protect your network.

So far, you have learned about many threats that affect wired networks. But wireless networks have their own unique set of threats and vulnerabilities. This lesson teaches you about wireless threats and vulnerabilities. You'll find out the strategies behind many wireless attacks, including client-to-client attacks, war jacking, interception attacks, and more. Finally, you'll see how to design a wireless network for maximum security and mitigation of these threats.

This lesson continues exploring the many types of threats and vulnerabilities that can hurt a network with a look at application and injection attacks. You will also learn about the actions of attackers, the types of attacks they can launch, and the mitigation methods used to determine the nature and damage of an attack. By the end of this lesson, you'll not only be well-informed about the types of attacks you can expect to see while working in network security, but you'll also know what methods you can use to prevent and minimize damage from attacks.

In the final lesson of the course, you will explore a few methods and security measures that you can apply to a network to reduce its vulnerabilities. First, understand the hardening process, which includes tasks such as securing accounts, removing unnecessary accounts, and applying port security. Then look at different types of intrusion detection and prevention systems. The lesson wraps up with the tools and processes some of these systems use. You will learn how you can put some of the concepts you've been learning throughout this course into practice on a network.



Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.

CompTIA recommends that you have A+ and Network+ certifications, and two years on-the-job networking experience, prior to preparing for this exam. This course doesn't require that much, but you should have knowledge of TCP/IP networking prior to signing up for it.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Ron Gilster is a best-selling author with more than 40 titles in print. He writes on topics including information technology (IT) certifications, real estate, and business. Ron has held a variety of IT-related positions, ranging from computer operator to senior manager. He has worked in consulting, manufacturing, software development, telecommunications, and higher education. He has an MBA and holds A+, Network+, i-Net+, CCNA, and AAGG certifications. He has developed and facilitated numerous courses and has taught in A+, Network+, and CCNA boot camps. His books include CompTIA Cloud+ CV0-001 In Depth,CCNA For Dummies, A+ Certification for Dummies, Server+ For Dummies, Network+ For Dummies, i-Net+ For Dummies, Cisco Networking For Dummies, MCSA For Dummies, CCDA For Dummies, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: A Beginner's Guide, CEA-CompTIA DHTI+ Digital Home Technology Integrator All-In-One Exam Guide, and PC Hardware: A Beginner's Guide.


I just took the CompTIA Security + Examination [after taking this course] and passed it first time out of the bag! Instructor does good work!

This course was great. It really broke down some of the aspects of security and made me want to read more about the different concepts such as hashing and VPNs. Looking forward to passing the Security+ Exam the first time. Thanks!

This is the best on-line class I've taken. Great format. I took the Security+ exam yesterday and passed.

This was definitely an excellent class. With the lessons in this class, I easily passed the Security+ exam. Look forward to more classes by you. Thank You!

Just wanted to drop in and give positive feedback on the assignments given. I love how you turn something that could be boring (online classes) and incorporate some type of fun (crosswords). I enjoy the type of learning you are incorporating. Looking forward to the rest of the class.

The course was very informative and the assignments helped to reinforce the class information.

Great course! Instructor' s style is impeccable. I would take more classes from him.

I greatly enjoyed this course and would recommend it to others.

The course was well written and very easy to comprehend. The supplementary material for each lesson was excellent! I enjoyed the course!

Thank you for this outstanding course! It has been an excellent learning experience. Your explanations of technical matters (including jargon, etc.) are clear, concise and you have a talent for demystification...Thank you for this excellent learning experience and for using your time, experience, and expertise to develop, implement and offer this course in the online environment.