Security+ Certification Training and Boot Camp SYO-501
Infosec’s authorized CompTIA Security+ Boot Camp teaches you information security theory and reinforces that theory with hands-on exercises to help you learn by doing. You will learn how to configure and operate many different technical security controls — and leave prepared to pass your Security+ exam.
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Earn your Security+, guaranteed!
Security+ holders have the knowledge and skills to help organizations proactively identify potential security risks and respond more quickly when incidents do occur. This boot camp includes five days of live training covering today’s most critical information security issues and practices. You’ll leave fully prepared to pass the popular CompTIA Security+ exam and address real-world security challenges across the six areas outlined by the Security+ exam objectives:
- Threats, attacks and vulnerabilities
- Technologies and tools
- Architecture and design
- Identity and access management
- Risk management
- Cryptography and PKI
What you'll learn
You will learn techniques and methodologies used to successfully configure, execute, construct and troubleshoot network security in order to ensure the threat of viruses, worms, Trojans and improper configuration is minimized or negated. Upon completing this Security+ Boot Camp, you will have learned valuable knowledge and skills, including the ability to:
- Administer, configure, design and troubleshoot network security
- Minimize the threat of external attacks and viruses with successful countermeasures
- Implement general security services on various computer networks
- Harden networks and operating systems
- Execute essential security technologies — TCP/IP firewalls and VPN
- And much more!
Who should attend
- IT support technicians
- Help desk support
- Junior network administrators
- Application support analysts
- Security analysts
- Security specialists
- Anyone looking to learn a baseline of information security concepts
Prior to enrolling in the Security+ Boot Camp, students should have roughly 12-24 months of experience working with information systems and networking.
Meets 8570.1 requirements
Attention DoD Information Assurance workers! This boot camp provides certification towards government security requirements. This includes the U.S. Department of Defense Directive 8570.1 mandate that department employees or contractors engaged in work related to information security be required to certify. The directive specifies CompTIA Security+ as a choice for Information Assurance Technician Level II and Information Assurance Manager I.
Authorized training partner
Infosec is an authorized training partner of CompTIA, and our training has won awards from CompTIA, including the CompTIA Outstanding Partner Award. Infosec instructors have years of industry experience and have authored two of the top network security and ethical hacking books.
Start learning immediately
- Immediate access to Infosec Skills — including a bonus boot camp prep course — from the minute you enroll to 90 days after your boot camp
- Five days of expert, live Security+ training
- 90-day extended access to all boot camp video replays and materials
- Unlimited Security+ practice exam attempts
- Security+ exam voucher
- Learn by doing with hundreds of additional hands-on courses and labs
- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- Exam Pass Guarantee (online students)
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- Exam Pass Guarantee
- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- Security+ exam voucher
- 5 days live, expert Security+ instruction (available in-person or online)
- Security+ Boot Camp prep course
- 90 day extended access to recordings of daily lessons
- 100s of additional hands-on courses and labs
- Knowledge Transfer Guarantee
- On-demand Security+ training
- 500+ practice exam questions & unlimited practice exam attempts
- 80+ role-based learning paths (Ethical Hacking, Threat Hunting, etc.)
- 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
- Skill assessments
- Infosec peer community support
- 1,000s of CPE opportunities
Exam Pass Guarantee
Security+ training schedule
Infosec’s Security+ training is more than just a boot camp. We support you before, during and after your live training to ensure you’re fully prepared for your exam — and get certified on your first attempt.
Before your boot camp
Start learning now. You’ll get immediate access to all the content in Infosec Skills, including an in-depth Security+ prep course, the moment you enroll. Prepare for your live boot camp, uncover your knowledge gaps and maximize your training experience.
During your boot camp
1.1 Indicators of compromise
- Why is security important?
- Security policy
- Threat actor types
- The kill chain
- Social engineering
- Malware types
- Trojans and spyware
- Open source intelligence
1.2 Critical security controls
- Security control types
- Defense in depth
- Frameworks and compliance
- Vulnerability scanning and pentests
- Security assessment techniques
- Pentesting concepts
- Vulnerability scanning concepts
- Exploitation frameworks
1.3 Security posture assessment tools
- Topology discovery
- Service discovery
- Packet capture
- Packet capture tools
- Remote access Trojans
- Honeypots and honeynets
1.4 Incident response
- Incident response procedures
- Preparation phase
- Identification phase
- Containment phase
- Eradication and recovery phases
- Uses of cryptography
- Cryptographic terminology and ciphers
- Cryptographic products
- Hashing algorithms
- Symmetric algorithms
- Asymmetric algorithms
- Diffie-Hellman and elliptic curve
- Transport encryption
- Cryptographic attacks
2.2 Public key infrastructure
- PKI standards
- Digital certificates
- Certificate authorities
- Types of certificate
- Implementing PKI
- Storing and distributing keys
- Key status and revocation
- PKI trust models
2.3 Identification and authentication
- Access Control systems
- LAN manager/NTLM
- PAP, CHAP and MS-CHAP
- Password attacks
- Token-based authentication
- Biometric authentication
- Common access card
2.4 Identity and access services
- Directory services
- Radius and TACACS+
- Federation and trusts
- Federated identity protocols
2.5 Account management
- Formal access control models
- Account types
- Windows active directory
- Creating and managing accounts
- Account policy enforcement
- Credential management policies
- Account restrictions
- Accounting and auditing
3.1 Secure network design
- Network zones and segments
- Switching infrastructure
- Switching attacks and hardening
- Endpoint security
- Network access control
- Routing infrastructure
- Network address translation
- Software defined networking
3.2 Firewalls and load balancers
- Basic firewalls
- Stateful firewalls
- Implementing a firewall or gateway
- Web application firewalls
- Proxies and gateways
- Denial-of-service attacks
- Load balancers
3.3 IDS and SIEM
- Intrusion detection systems
- Configuring IDS
- Log review and SIEM
- Data loss prevention
- Malware and intrusion response
3.4 Secure wireless access
- Wireless LANs
- WEP and WPA
- Wi-Fi authentication
- Extensible authentication protocol
- Additional Wi-Fi security settings
- Wi-Fi site security
- Personal area networks
3.5 Physical security controls
- Site layout and access
- Gateways and locks
- Alarm systems
- Hardware security
- Environmental controls
4.1 Secure protocols and services
- DHCP security
- DNS security
- Network management protocols
- Http and web servers
- SSL / TLS and HTTPS
- Web security gateways
- Email services
- File transfer
- Voice and video services
- Voice over IP (VOIP)
4.2 Secure remote access
- Remote access architecture
- Virtual private networks
- IPSEC and IKE
- Remote access servers
- Remote administration tools
- Hardening remote access infrastructure
4.3 Secure systems design
- Trusted computing
- Hardware / firmware security
- Peripheral device security
- Secure configurations
- OS hardening
- Patch management
- Embedded systems
- Security for embedded systems
4.4 Secure mobile device services
- Mobile device deployments
- Mobile connection methods
- Mobile access control systems
- Enforcement and monitoring
4.5 Secure virtualization and cloud services
- Virtualization technologies
- Virtualization security best practices
- Cloud computing
- Cloud security best practices
- Forensic procedures
- Collecting evidence
- Capturing system images
- Handling and analyzing evidence
5.2 Disaster recovery and resiliency
- Continuity of operations planning
- Disaster recovery planning
- Resiliency strategies
- Recovery sites
- Backup plans and policies
- Resiliency and automation strategies
5.3 Risk management
- Business impact analysis
- Identification of critical systems
- Risk assessment
- Risk mitigation
5.4 Secure application development
- Application vulnerabilities
- Application exploits
- Web browser exploits
- Secure application design
- Secure coding concepts
- Auditing applications
- Secure DevOps
5.5 Organizational security
- Corporate security policy
- Personnel management policies
- Interoperability agreements
- Data roles
- Data sensitivity labeling and handling
- Data wiping and disposal
- Privacy and employee conduct policies
- Security policy training
- SY0-501 overview
- Infosec’s Security+ exam cram
- Take the SY0-501 exam
After your boot camp
Your Infosec Skills access extends 90 days past your boot camp, so you can take additional time to prepare for your Security+ exam, get a head start on your next certification goal or start earning CPEs.
Free Security+ training resources
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Frequently asked questions
What’s the value in earning the Security+ certification?
In today’s job market, there is a high demand for information security professionals — and receiving a Security+ certification is the perfect way for entry-level students to get their foot in the door. It can also serve as a career differentiator for IT professionals already in the field.
What are the pre-requirements for earning the Security+?
While there are no mandatory pre-requirements to taking the Security+ exam, it’s highly suggested that students have at least 2 years experience working in network administration (with a focus on information security) in addition to the Network+ certification. Click here for more information.
What career opportunities are available to Security+ Boot Camp graduates? What’s the job outlook like for Security+ professionals?
The job market has never looked better for those who are certified in IT security. Earning the Security+ can open open up a wide variety of job opportunities and the cert is often used as a resume filter in HR departments, even if it’s not listed as a requirement. Click here for more information about the job outlook and opportunities available to Security+ Boot Camp grads.
What is the difference between the SY0-501 and SY0-601 exams?
Due to constant changes within the information security industry, including emerging threats and new technologies, CompTIA has updated it’s Security+ exam from the SY0-501 to the SY0-601. The SY0-501 exam will be officially retired on July 31, 2021. There are six primary differences between SY0-501 to the SY0-601:
1. Newer 601 skills include more threats; cloud environments; entry-level incident response; and governance, risk and compliance (GRC).
2. There are fewer domains in the new version: 5 instead of 6.
3. There are fewer objectives: 35 instead of 37.
4. There are 25% more bulleted examples listed under each objective to help contextualize the meaning of the objective. Although the exam questions are not based on the bulleted examples, students should be familiar with all of them.
5. Several exam domains and exam objectives were re-ordered and re-named to address instructional design improvements. For example, the previous Technologies and Tools domain was broken apart into the domains where the technologies and tools were applied.
6. Bloom’s taxonomy indicates more application of skills and slightly less analysis overall. Analysis skills are taught in CySA+, which is higher up the cybersecurity career pathway. Application of skills, such as administration and configuration, are covered in Security+.
Watch our webinar, CompTIA Security+: Everything you need to know about the SY0-601 update, featuring CompTIA Director of Products Patrick Lane, to learn more about the update.
When does the new SY0-601 Security+ exam start? When does SY0-501 retire?
The new SY0-601 version of the Security+ exam will be available in November 2020; however, version SY0-501 does not retire until July 31, 2021. Infosec’s authorized CompTIA Security+ Boot Camp will continue training to SY0-501 until spring 2021, at which point we will begin training to the new SY0-601 version of the exam.
What are Performance Based Questions (PBQs)?
The Security+ performance based questions come in a variety of formats and require students to perform a specific task or solve a problem in a simulated environment. These questions are more involved than the standard multiple choice, fill in the blank, and drag and drop questions.
What do I need to know about the new Performance Based Questions (PBQs)?
There are a few things you should know. First, there may be questions in which there is more than one way to get a correct answer. In these instances, the test taker will receive full points if the correct solution is achieved. Second, on all CompTIA exams, there is a timer; however, with PBQs, this timer is not visible. Third, partial credit on answers is occasionally offered.
How does the Security+ examination process work?
The exam takes 90 minutes and there are 90 questions. You will need to achieve a score of 750 (on a scale of 100-900) in order to pass. Questions are a combination of multiple choice and performance based and the Security+ exam voucher costs $330. Click here for more info on the examination process.
Is the online Security+ Boot Camp as effective and informative as an in-person training session?
Whether you choose to take your training course in-person or online, you will have access to the same content and training materials as all other student enrolled in the course. If you take your training online, you’ll have access to additional features, such as recorded replays of your daily lessons and an Exam Pass Guarantee. You can rest assured that the class will be effective, regardless of the training modality you select.
What does this Security+ course offer that other certification prep classes do not?
Infosec’s Security+ Boot Camp has the highest first time pass rate in the industry — 93%! If you choose to take the course in our popular live online format, you will also receive an Exam Pass Guarantee. This means if you don’t pass the exam on the first attempt, we’ll pay for your second exam FREE!
How is the Security+ related to the DoD 8570?
The Security+ fulfills the requirements for Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570, which is mandatory if you are looking to get a government job that is involved with any aspect of information security. Click here for more information.
What are the Security+ domains?
There are 6 domains for the Security+ SYO-501 exam. They are Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities, Technologies and Tools, Architecture and Design, Identity and Access Management, Risk Management and Cryptography and PKI. Click here for more information on these domains.
How long is the Security+ certification good for after you pass the test?
The Security+ is valid for 3 years. However, certification holders are required to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and pay a yearly Continuing Education (CE) fee. Click here for more information on CEUs.
What are the renewal requirements for the Security+?
Security+ cert holders are required to earn 50 CEUs per renewal period (every 3 years) and pay an $50 annual Continuing Education (CE) fee to CompTIA. Click here for more information on the renewal requirements.
What job titles are most common for people who hold CompTIA’s Security+ certification?
The job market has never looked better for those who are certified in IT security, and the Security+ certification can help you break into the industry. Some common positions that this certification can help you land include: Security Analyst, IT Support Technician, Security Specialist, Help Desk Support and many others!
What are some tips for preparing for the Security+?
The first thing a student should do is perform a comprehensive review of which topics are tested in the certification exam. Some domains are weighted more heavily than others, but it’s important to study each topic with equal attention. Enrolling in a Security+ Boot Camp like the one offered here is another surefire method of preparing oneself for the exam. Click here for more study tips.