The CompTIA Security+ Certification is a vendor neutral credential. The CompTIA Security+ exam is an internationally recognized validation of foundation-level security skills and knowledge, and is used by organizations and security professionals around the globe.
The CompTIA Security+ exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to identify risk and participate in risk mitigation activities, provide infrastructure, application, operational and information security, apply security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability, identify appropriate technologies and products, and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws and regulations.
It has been approved by U.S. Dept. of Defense to meet IA technical and management certification requirements. THe course material has been chosen by professional staff at Hitachi Information Systems (Japan), Prestariang Systems Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia) and U.S. government contractors such as CSC, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman. The course is updated every 3 years and part of the CompTIA Continuing Education program.
The exam (SY0-401) tests your knowledge on network security (21%), compliance and operational security (18%), threats and vulnerabilities (21%), application, data and host security (16%), access control and identity management (13%) and cryptography (11%).