George Mason University
What you will learn
- Fundamental concepts of computer security
- Cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities, and assessments
- Incident preparations, response, and risk management
How you will benefit
- Prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certificate exam
- Utilize a variety of interactives, assignments, and assessments
- Topics cover the most updated objectives found in the CompTIA Security+ Exam (SYO-601)
How the course is taught
- Self-paced, online course
- 6 Months to complete
- Open enrollment, begin anytime
- 80 course hours
- Security Fundamentals
- Threat Management and Cybersecurity Resources
- Threats and Attacks on Endpoints
- Endpoint and Application Development Security
- Public Key Infrastructure and Cryptographic Protocols
- Mobile, Embedded, and Specialized Device Security
- Networking Threats, Assessments, and Defenses
- Network Security Appliances and Technologies
- Cloud and Virtualization Security
- Network Threats, Assessments, and Defenses
- Incident Preparation, Response, and Investigation
- Cybersecurity Resilience
- Risk Management and Data Privacy
- Preparing for the Certificate Exam
Linda Matthews has years of experience both in the classroom teaching technical material and in the field solving a myriad of technical issues.
Linda possesses the background to engage deeply with cybersecurity through teaching and intellectual focus. For the past eight years, she has lived with this vast and fascinating body of knowledge. Now, she regularly trains individuals in several of the most popular security courses from CompTIA and Microsoft. CompTIA's Security+ is the foundational course students need to begin an incredible journey into cybersecurity.
Linda has a strong love for teaching and igniting the spark that can set students on a most worthwhile and fulfilling path.
Sara Perrott has been working in the information technology field for 20+ years and has devoted the last 10 of those to focusing on cybersecurity. She is a published author and a former college professor, and she is passionate about teaching the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Sara has a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Western Governors University Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Security from the University of Phoenix.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
CompTIA recommends at least 9 to 12 months of networking experience and two years of experience IT administration with a security focus.
- This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- Labs included in this program are not supported on mobile devices (i.e., phones and tablets).
- PC: Windows 10 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Chromebook 113 or later
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Microsoft Word. To complete your assignments, you may need Microsoft Word 2003 or higher, or an equivalent word-processing program, such as OpenOffice, which is available to download for free.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. (Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.)
- A reliable high-speed Internet connection
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment.
- CompTIA Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals
Most of the jobs that IT professionals with a CompTIA Security+ certification would hold fall under the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) category of network and computer systems administrators. The BLS reports that jobs in this category earn a median annual salary of $80,600.
There are a variety of jobs in cybersecurity available. Possible positions include junior penetration tester, systems administrator, network administrator, security administrator, and cybersecurity specialist. The average salaries for these roles range from entry-level roles at $70,000 to more experienced professionals at $111,052, according to top reporting sites like PayScale, Salary.com, and ZipRecruiter.
CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that proves you have the basic skills needed to perform the core security functions an organization needs. The CompTIA Security+ certification exam focuses on up-to-date best practices in risk management and mitigation, including an emphasis on your ability to effectively identify and address security threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities.
CompTIA Security+ is typically the first certification that an IT professional should earn and will provide you with a career boost into intermediate-level cybersecurity roles. It is a certification that is required by many organizations as evidence of your core knowledge and skills in the field of cybersecurity.
The ed2go CompTIA Online Training courses give you the training for the exam. Once you complete your online coursework, you can move forward to take the certification exam. CompTIA certification testing is administered by third-party vendors such as Prometric and Virtual University Enterprises (VUE), two leading providers of technology-based testing. Both offer a network of computer-based testing centers with thousands of locations worldwide.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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