Learning Path

CompTIA Security+ (SYO 601, 2021 Release)

Learn fundamental information security concepts and technical controls.

What you will learn

This learning path builds on your existing networking skills and prepares you to earn your Security+, one of the most popular entry-level cybersecurity certifications. You’ll learn the foundations of information security as you progress through 13 courses tied to the six Security+ certification exam objectives. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared to earn your Security+ certification and have an established base of cybersecurity knowledge you can use to progress into more advanced security certifications or career roles.

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Risk Management

Course — 02:13:56

Managing risks involves identifying threat actors both large and small. Learn key concepts related to risk management, including proper policies and procedures, business impact analysis, data destruction, quantitative and qualitative risk assessments, and how security must be applied to all phases of the information life cycle.


Course — 03:04:42

Cryptography is the practice of protecting information in a way that keeps eavesdroppers from learning valuable info. Learn about cryptographic methods, symmetric and asymmetric cryptosystems, hashing, digital certificates, trust models, PKIs, and password cracking.

Identity and Account Management

Course — 01:21:08

Identity and access management is all about verifying the right users have the right access to the tools and technologies needed to do their job. Learn about the most important security concepts related to identity and access management: identification, authentication, authorization, and accounting.

Tools of the Trade

Course — 02:47:45

Every organization interacts with different tools to protect itself from security threats. Explore the uses of common information security technology and tools, including command line tools, shells, scripts, and network traffic analyzers.

Securing Individual Systems

Course — 02:08:31

Every organization is in danger of having their systems compromised, but by understanding different kinds of threats and attacks the risks can be managed. Gain an entry-level understanding of essential hardware, firmware and operating system security concepts.

The Basic LAN

Course — 02:00:05

Understanding how network security works and selecting the appropriate security solutions is an important consideration. Learn the basics of designing secure networks.

Securing Wireless LANs

Course — 01:37:21

Securing wireless networks is a critical component of an organization’s security plan. Learn about Wi-Fi security standards, such as WEP, WPA, and WPS, and find out more about RFID, NFC and Bluetooth.

Securing Public Servers

Course — 01:06:11

Securing public servers help to prevent hackers from gaining access to additional hosts if a compromise were to occur. Learn about common attacks and mitigations.

Securing Dedicated Systems

Course — 01:04:27

Embedded systems use their own operating system and have a defined function. Learn more about the dedicated systems used in Industrial Control Systems (ICS), IoT devices, Raspberry piIs, and Arduinos.

Physical Security

Course — 00:28:58

Physical security is designed to keep unauthorized personnel from having physical access to facilities and equipment. Learn more about physical security risks and how to mitigate them.

Secure Protocols and Applications

Course — 01:26:16

Having secure protocols can be used to protect the data in an organization’s network and secure applications can prevent security issues in the first place. Learn the basics of secure software and application development.

Testing Infrastructure

Course — 01:09:17

Testing network and physical security measures are an important part of a security plan. Learn about vulnerability scanning and the importance of assessing the impact vulnerabilities can have on organizations.

Dealing with Incidents

Course — 01:32:38

Dealing with incidents both large and small is an inevitable part of an organization’s operation. Explore the basic concepts related to digital forensics, how incident response plan works, and what is involved in providing business continuity.

Security+ Cyber Range

Cyber Range — 02:30:00

The Security+ cyber range will walk a student through a collection of labs that relate to the knowledge a student would gain from the CompTIA Security+ exam.

Security+ (601) Practice Exam

Assessment — 87 questions — 00:43:30

Meet the author

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the “Alpha Geek,” is the industry’s leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

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