CompTIA Security+: Top 6 Skills


We all know the old saying that practice makes perfect. It’s true to a certain extent. You’ll get better at anything if you do it enough. Let’s face it, if you read or study about security threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities, how will that help you when you are actually attacked? CompTIA will launch the Security+ (SY0-501), the most recent version of its certification, this month.
CompTIA Security+ is a new certification that emphasizes hands-on skills and risk management. It continues to cover the foundational skills required for all IT jobs, including network administrator, security administrator, and junior IT auditor/penetration test.
SKILL #1 – HANDS-ON NETWORK SILVER
Nearly three quarters of companies have experienced at least one security incident. However, only about 6 in 10 organizations had more than one. This is cybersecurity 101. CompTIA Security+ will teach you how to set up a secure network to protect your company from malware, insider threats, and breaches.
SKILL #2: RISK MANAGEMENT
Over half (58%) of organizations identify human error as a major contributor in security risk. They are simply not trying to cause harm but don’t know how to correct their mistakes. CompTIA Security+ can help you identify and prevent potential network vulnerabilities before they become problems.
SKILL #3: THREATS
Today’s news is tomorrow’s news. It is a fast-paced industry and keeping up to date with security threats can be a full-time job. CompTIA Security+ will teach you about threat intelligence, various malware and attacks such as SQL injections and ransomware, zero day attacks, cross-site scripting, and SQL injections.
SKILL #4: DATA & HOST SECURITY
Everyone works on multiple devices these day. Security extends beyond your network with company-issued and personal smart and mobile devices. CompTIA Security+ teaches you how to set up security controls to deploy mobile devices and implement secure protocols.
SKILL #5 – IDENTITY MANAGEMENT
Who has access to your network and why? CompTIA Security+ will teach you how to implement identity management controls such as biometrics and authenticate and authorize users using best practices. This will help to ensure that your company data is always secure.
SKILL #6 – CRYPTOGRAPHY & PUBLIC KEY INSTRASTRUCTURE (PKI).
Even if you have authenticated your users, it is smart to have a backup plan. CompTIA Security+ will allow you to use encryption, configure wireless security, and create end-to-end tunnels in order to protect your information and ensure that it comes from a legitimate source.