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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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Boot camp overview

This Security+ Boot Camp is an intense, five-day, accelerated training covering today’s most critical information security issues and practices. Our Security+ expert instructors not only ready you for the CompTIA Security+ exam, they also prepare you for real-world security challenges and provide critical knowledge around network security.

You will learn about 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.

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Exam Pass Guarantee

If you don’t pass your exam on the first attempt, get a second attempt for free. Includes the ability to re-sit the course for free for up to one year.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re not 100% satisfied with your training at the end of the first day, you may withdraw and enroll in a different Flex Pro or Flex Classroom course.

Knowledge Transfer Guarantee

If an employee leaves within three months of obtaining certification, Infosec will train a different employee at the same organization tuition-free for up to one year.

What's included?

93% pass rate — the best in the industry

  • Five days of hands-on Security+ training, plus time to take the Security+ exam
  • Immediate access to in-depth Security+ pre-study course
  • Infosec proprietary digital courseware (physical textbooks available to purchase)
  • SY0-501 CompTIA Security+ exam voucher
  • 90-day access to replays of daily lessons (Flex Pro)
  • Curated videos from other top-rated instructors (Flex Pro)
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Exam Pass Guarantee (Flex Pro)

Limited-time offer: Continue learning after your boot camp with a complimentary 90-day subscription to Infosec Skills, which includes unlimited access to 500+ online courses, 100+ hands-on labs and projects, skill assessments, custom certification practice exams and more.

What you'll learn

Security+ holders should be able to help organizations proactively identify potential security risks and respond more quickly when security breaches do occur. 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!

Award-winning training that you can trust

Infosec Skills

Best IT Security-related Training Program

Cyber Work with Chris Sienko

Best Cybersecurity Podcast

2019 Wisconsin Innovation Award


Rising Star

Partner Award

G2 Crowd Leader

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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.

Why choose Infosec

Your flexible learning experience

Infosec Flex makes expert, live instruction convenient with online and in-person formats tailored to how, when and where you learn best.

Public training boot camps held nationwide

  • Pre-study course materials
  • Live instruction
  • Digital courseware
  • Daily reinforcement materials
  • Catered lunches
  • Infosec community forum access
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Knowledge Transfer Guarantee

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Immersive, live-streamed instruction

  • Pre-study course materials
  • Live instruction
  • Digital courseware
  • Daily reinforcement materials
  • Detailed performance reporting
  • Video replays
  • 90-day extended access to materials
  • Infosec community forum access
  • Exam Pass Guarantee
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Knowledge Transfer Guarantee

Tailored team training at your location

  • Pre-study course materials
  • Live, customized instruction at your location
  • Digital courseware
  • Daily reinforcement materials
  • Detailed team performance reporting
  • Video replays
  • 90-day extended access to materials
  • Infosec community forum access
  • Exam Pass Guarantee
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Knowledge Transfer Guarantee

Security+ objectives

The Security+ exam places greater emphasis on knowing how to address specific security issues, rather than simply being able to recognize these issues. The new exam covers six major objectives, or topics:

  • Threats, attacks and vulnerabilities
  • Technologies and tools
  • Architecture and design
  • Identity and access management
  • Risk management
  • Cryptography and PKI

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.

Our instructors have years of industry experience and are recognized as experts. Infosec instructors have authored two of the top network security and ethical hacking books.

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  • 70+ learning paths
  • 500+ courses
  • Cloud-hosted cyber ranges and hands-on projects
  • Skill assessments and certification practice exams
  • Infosec community peer support

Security+ exam objectives

In addition to a traditional multiple-choice format, the Security+ exam includes performance-based questions. Performance-based questions test your ability to solve a problem in a simulated environment. Preparing you for this type of test taking is an integral part of our curriculum. The Security+ exam places greater emphasis on knowing how to address specific security issues, rather than simply being able to recognize these issues.

The new exam covers six major objectives, or topics:

  • Threats, attacks and vulnerabilities
  • Technologies and tools
  • Architecture and design
  • Identity and access management
  • Risk management
  • Cryptography and PKI

Meets 8570.1 requirements

Attention DoD Information Assurance workers! This boot camp features intense training, and the exam is significant to IA workers in the DoD space, providing 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.

Infosec is an authorized training partner of CompTIA, and our training has won awards from CompTIA, including the CompTIA Outstanding Partner Award.

You're in good company.

"I’ve taken five boot camps with Infosec and all my instructors have been great."

Jeffrey Coa

Information Security Systems Officer

"Comparing Infosec to other vendors is like comparing apples to oranges. My instructor was hands-down the best I’ve had." 

James Coyle

FireEye, Inc.

"I knew Infosec could tell me what to expect on the exam and what topics to focus on most."

Julian Tang

Chief Information Officer

Our clients

Bank of America
Defense Information Systems Agency

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Security+ Boot Camp details

Day 1

1.1 Indicators of compromise

  • Why is security important?
  • Security policy
  • Threat actor types
  • The kill chain
  • Social engineering
  • Phishing
  • 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

Day 2

2.1 Cryptography

  • 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
  • Identification
  • Authentication
  • LAN manager/NTLM
  • Kerberos
  • Password attacks
  • Token-based authentication
  • Biometric authentication
  • Common access card

2.4 Identity and access services

  • Authorization
  • 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

Day 3

3.1 Secure network design

  • Network zones and segments
  • Subnetting
  • 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
  • Surveillance
  • 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
  • S/mime
  • 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

Day 4

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

5.1 Forensics

  • 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

Day 5

  • SY0-501 overview
  • Infosec’s Security+ exam cram
  • Take the SY0-501 exam

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 SYO-401 and SYO-501 exams?
    • Due to constant changes within the infosec industry, including emerging threats and new technologies, CompTIA has updated it’s Security+ exam from the SYO-401 to the SYO-501 in late 2017. 25% of the course content has been updated to reflect these changes in the industry and the new material dives deeper and wider than before. Click here for more information on the differences between these exams.

  • I recently passed the SYO-401 exam, is my certification still good?
    • While SYO-401 will be retired, students who were certified under the old exam will remain certified. The SYO-501 was debuted in October 2017, and SYO-401 will officially retire at the beginning of 2018, with the English version being the last to retire in July 2018.

  • 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 resources and training materials as all other student enrolled in the course. 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 Flex Pro 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.